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    Electric Heating Question

    So we are looking to build a pool and spa. Last time we only had a pool and had solar heating. I was a little unimpressed with solar heating to be honest with you. In the summer when the pool was hot anyways it was hot, but about the end of October it was useless. We would have 80 degree weekends in November and December and it was useless. So now with a spa we need a better heater and we don't think we can put gas in because of how close the houses are and working out the distance of windows won't work. So we are doing electric. So my understanding if I want to use the spa that evening I need to turn it on about 4 or 5 hours in advance to get it heated (7 ft round spa), but I am getting mixed information when it comes to the pool. If I know that it is going to be 80 degrees Saturday and Sunday can I turn on the heater for the pool on Thursday and Friday and it be somewhat a decent temp on Saturday?

    I live in Florida so the high temps in November/December are going to be in the mid to high 70s, but we get decent pockets in the 80s. Jan/Feb the highs can be 60s/70s but also get pockets of 80s. I would love to be able to swim on those warmer days in the fall/winter/spring seasons.
    Looking to build an in-ground pool in Orlando, FL. I will update my signature when we have the pool with information. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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    Re: Electric Heating Question

    If you run your heat pump all the time when the pump is running and keep a solar blanket on the pool, you might be able to swim in the winter months of FL. As for the spa, well most folks don't plan ahead four to five hours to heat the spa.

    When you spoke of gas, would it be natural or propane?
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    Re: Electric Heating Question

    Quote Originally Posted by ps0303 View Post
    If you run your heat pump all the time when the pump is running and keep a solar blanket on the pool, you might be able to swim in the winter months of FL. As for the spa, well most folks don't plan ahead four to five hours to heat the spa.

    When you spoke of gas, would it be natural or propane?
    It would have been propane. We can bury the tank in the front yard, but I guess the heaters have to be 10 feet from any window.

    I don't want to run the heat pump 24/7 if I am not going to be using it for the two weeks it is in the 70s. I also know there is no chance I am using a solar blanket. We had one for our last pool and we used it like 3 or 4 times. Too much of a pain and with kids the safety risk is a whole other thing.

    We can plan ahead. We work from home, so turning on the spa during the day because we know we will be free that night is no issue. The one pool guys said it would heat in 3 hours. We also are hooking it up to our smart phones so we can turn it on when we are not home.
    Looking to build an in-ground pool in Orlando, FL. I will update my signature when we have the pool with information. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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    Re: Electric Heating Question

    10 feet? Wow.
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    Re: Electric Heating Question

    That is what one pool guy said, but not sure. The issue is that there is only 10 feet between the houses, so we have to be clear of our windows and their windows.
    Looking to build an in-ground pool in Orlando, FL. I will update my signature when we have the pool with information. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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    I would double check that. I believe it's 10ft for the tank but 4ft for the heater.
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    I will double check. wonder which people prefer, electric is cheaper.
    Looking to build an in-ground pool in Orlando, FL. I will update my signature when we have the pool with information. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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    Re: Electric Heating Question

    Gas is really the preferred way to heat a spa.
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