Tourism is one of the main economic drivers in the Tampa Bay region. Hotels and entertainment parks of this city are some of the major sources of GDP and employment for the Sunshine State. The Bay area set a new benchmark for tourism revenue by generating more than $26.8 million during the Fiscal Year 2015. Like organizations in other sectors, tourism businesses also seek to reduce operating costs and increase revenues. However, in an industry with high energy demand, electricity costs eat up a lion’s share of revenues every year. In addition, like other tourist destinations in the country, Tampa, too, is facing increasing pressure to reduce its carbon footprint to meet the growing demand for greater sustainability in the travel and tourism industry. Against this backdrop, solar pool heating systems hold great promise for Tampa’s tourism sector.
In an all-year tourist destination like Tampa, maintaining swimming pool is a costly proposition for hoteliers. Hotels spend thousands of dollars in electricity bills to maintain their pools. It costs even more to heat it. Guests, especially young children and the elderly, who happen to be the most frequent users of hotel pools, demand a pool temperature of 80° F or higher. Now, that is expensive. But if you are in the tourism industry, you probably know that already. So, what can you do to tackle the huge expenditure of conventional pool heating systems? One simple solution is opting for a greener alternative, viz., a solar swimming pool heating system. Besides helping you save a lot, it helps to enhance your image as a green brand, and stay ahead of the curve. However, there are different types of pool heating systems. Take a look at them to decide which pool heating system is right for you:
Pool covers are designed to minimize heat loss from your pool due to evaporation. According to ENERGY STAR reports, using a pool cover on a heated pool can save 50 – 70 percent of the pool’s energy use. A pool cover is basically a big piece of plastic. Choose one that is made of UV-stabilized polyethylene, polypropylene, or vinyl. Bubble covers allow sunlight to break through, subsequently warming up the pool further. A transparent bubble cover will be your best bet as it helps to cut down pool solar energy absorption by up to 15 percent.
Powered by solar energy, these green pumps help capture and circulate heat. The higher the temperature, the better it is for the pump’s performance. For these pumps to operate effectively, the outside temperature should be at least 45°F. Solar pumps may be more expensive than gas pool heaters, but they have lower operating costs. And that is not all – they are more energy-efficient and sturdier than their gas-powered siblings. To be precise, heat pumps can be two to three times more energy-efficient than conventional water heaters, according to ENERGY STAR. You can optimize their efficiency by installing a timer. These small devices help to control the pump’s cycling, and prevent it from running longer than necessary.
Solar Pool Heater
A solar pool heating system has four main components – a solar collector, a filter, a pump and a flow control valve. The air is first pumped through the filter. Then it is made to pass through the solar collector. This procedure heats up the air. This heated air then ends up into the pool and warms up the water. During the Floridian summer, when the day-time temperature soars past 90°F, these systems perform the double duty of cooling down the pool water at night.
Hoteliers in Tampa are embracing solar pool heating systems as a greener, more affordable alternative to conventional, energy-guzzling solutions. In the sun-bathed city, these green and energy-efficient systems are undoubtedly the best choice for any tourism business.