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Heaters
Connecting Solar, Gas and Electric pool heaters
We recommend that you ask us to connect any new pool heater to the Pooled Energy Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC). This will enable us to integrate the heater correctly, which typically saves energy and allows you to operate it remotely via the Pool App.

Integrated operation is particularly important with solar heaters as these tend to run in the more expensive times of the day for time-of-use electricity charges.

Integrated operations are also important for heat pumps which typically require longer operating times than other types of heaters.

Pool heaters have differing minimum flow rate requirements and we configure the system to achieve these flows when the heater is running. We also configure the system to manage the water flow for the heater start-up and shut-down sequences so as to avoid overheating pool piping which can soften and burst or crush unless this is done correctly.

Operating Heaters
With all types of heater, the IPC will switch the heater on at the times you have requested, and synchronise its operation with the other pieces of pool equipment and manage water flows.

Gas Heaters.
Set the target temperature on the front panel of the gas heater and always leave the heater switched ON, on its front panel. The IPC switches the heater’s power on and off using a pre-set plan.

Heat Pumps.
Set the target temperature on the front panel of the heat pump and always leave the heat pump switched ON, on its front panel. The IPC will power the heater in accordance with the pre-set plan.

If you have a Solar Heater
Pooled Energy can manage your solar heater in three different ways, depending upon the type of solar heater that you have:

1. You have an Independent Solar Heater, that is, it has its own suction inlet and return pipe in the pool, and it can run independently of the pool filter. It has its own sensors, pump and solar controller. In this case, you can either leave it totally independent, or we can optionally connect it to the Pooled Energy Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC) at your request.

2. You have an In-Line Solar Heater that requires the filter to also run when it operates. It has its own sensors, pump and solar controller, but it must run as an integrated part of the overall system. In this case, your solar controller must be connected to the IPC. Your solar pump will remain connected to your solar controller.

3. You have a solar heater that requires the filter to also run when it operates but no sensor and no solar controller. You do have a solar booster pump. In this case, the pump will be connected directly to the IPC and will be managed by it and will require additional cost components.

Solar Heaters with their own Solar Controllers.
Set the target temperature on the front panel of the solar controller and always leave the solar controller switched ON, on its front panel. The IPC will switch the solar controller power on and off in accordance with the pre-set plan.

You may override the pre-set plan anytime using the Pool App to turn any of these heaters ON when you wish. This will also run the pump as required

General

With all types of heater, the IPC can switch the heater on at the times you have requested and synchronise its operation with the other pieces of pool equipment. The IPC will adjust the
filter pump speed to provide sufficient water flow for that heater and manage the start-up and shutdown sequences, while minimising energy consumption at other times.

When switched on, the heater will run and the system will heat the pool water and drive to reach the target temperature. Please note that it may not achieve the target temperature due to many reasons, including heater size, pool cooling, weather, restricted times of operation and other factors. Each heater requires some ‘tuning’ to the owner’s desires and the circumstances.

 

You may override the pre-set plan anytime using the Pool App. Just select the Pool App and turn the heater ON. This will also run the filter as required.

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