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Swimming Pool Pipe Insulation


1. Reduce Running costs- Major energy saving
2. Help protect against mechanical damage
3. Allow pipes to expand and contract inside a protective sleeve
4. Get energy savings 24/7
5. Quick payback
6. Ever rising Fuel costs means that this investment will give increasing savings
Flame retardant 40mm thick
8. All standard pool pipe sizes 1½inch/50mm 2inch/63mm 2½ inch/75mm 3 inch/90mm & 4inch/110mm
9. Full range of pipe fitting covers, skimmer & main drain Thermal sleeves

It can only be done when your pool is being built
You can add solar or heat pumps later!
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Why Insulate the Pipes?

Why it is important insulating the pipe work?

The wetter the ground the more the saving.

Most swimming pool pipes are installed in the loose backfill around the pool, ground temperature around the pipes does not rise because this is often pea shingle that allows water to migrate along the pipe runs, this stops the temperature rising and maintains the significant temperature differential. In many cases the main drain pipe work is in continuously flooded ground. Even in the summer.
Further to this the fact of putting a pool in the ground causes a sort of dam across the garden this makes the natural water movement go along the length and round the sides of the pool or down underneath and up the other side to go on where it originally went to, this route is often where the pipes have been installed and cools them down.

It was noticed that ground source heat pump’s pick up approximately 20 watts per meter that is using 1.25 inch pipes these have a thick wall and operate with a much smaller temperature differential, but pool pipes are thinner wall and have larger diameter and there is a much higher temperature differential this equates to significant heat losses.

Heat losses are different on every site; in summer dry sandy soil will lose 8 watts per meter but:
Wet surrounded pipes with ground water movement could have losses up to 100 watts per meter that is approx 7 KWH (7 kilowatts every hour) all the time the pump is on.

The average pool has 70mts of pipe in the ground and if we are saying a modest 40 watts per meter that is 2.8 KWH every hour
If pool is on 8 hours per day that is equal to 22 KWH per day but often the pump is on 24/7 this could be 67 KWH per Day
This is the same as the output of a 5 panel solar system that would cost 7 times as much as just insulating the pipes.
That is with a loss of 40watts per meter in many cases this can be a lot higher.

With Pool walls now being insulated it is even more important as the ground around the pool gains very little heat
And therefore a larger temperature differential increasing the effectiveness of any insulation.


Who are the Winners?

The contractor - Able to offer with Thermal saving and and mechanical protection to the pipe “easy to fit”

The retail customer - Major energy saving day and night, easy to install on a new pool. Quicker heat up = lower fuel bills, works with any heating system, fastest energy saving payback on a new pool, future generations, major carbon reduction.


Insulation Material - 40mm thick Flame Retardant Expanded Polystyrene EPS 70E
Water absorption <=10%
Average Dry U value 0.82W/m2K
If totally saturated U value will be reduced by 40%
Important: Use water sealed version below the water table.


Electair Exports Ltd
Telephone 01243-842888 Fax 01243-868830
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