In this modern world we accept digital displays as a necessary option when it comes to residential electronics and appliances and when it comes to choosing the right pool heat pump for your home. It seems just as natural to accept a digital thermostat instead of considering a much more simple alternative: an analog thermostat. That is one that has a simple rotary knob like most stoves.
Digital displays offer the convenience of exactly displaying the pool or spa temperature, error codes, some programming for temperature choices, pool/spa settings and maybe more. They are certainly an advantage if you want to monitor your pool heat pump closely. 90% of people choose the digital option. If you have a spa you really should as if you want exactly 102 degrees you should get that with out jumping out of the water adjusting a knob. If you don’t have an overflow spa then you don’t have to have digital. The disadvantage is that they are after all, computers, and computers do break eventually (usually after your warranty wears off). The sun, snow and other outdoor weather elements will get to them too as it’s not as easy to protect something so sensitive outdoors year round.
Analog thermostats, for a change, are just a rotary knob with different settings. The disadvantage is that you will miss the benefits that a digital display will offer. You will not be able to read the temperature on the water, much less do any programming. The advantage will be durability. Once you had found the setting that you like for your heat pump you don’t need to touch your analog thermostat anymore. The heat pump will come on and off when needed and you don’t even need to remember that you own a pool heat pump. It can perfectly stand bad weather and no storm surge will hurt the electronics. After your warranty ends and if you need service any HVAC technician will easily repair your heat pump with regular “off the shelf” parts and there will be no need to look for a “factory trained” technician for maintenance.
Keeping that in mind we are not having any issues with digital heaters and digital displays from the manufacturers that we love. They are doing their job well but if something is going to need service first; a digital heater or a non digital heater it will be the digital one. Finally, at the end of the day if you can’t make up your mind on which way to go, there is a well known pool heat pump manufacturer in the US that offers analog heat pump models with a “digital ready” option in case you ever change your mind and decide to go in that direction. This could be the best of both worlds as if that digital displays happens to fail, just uninstall it and go back to the analog thermostat while you wait for your new part to arrive…with out missing any family fun swimming days! 🙂
So analog vs digital displays… which one is for you?