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    Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    Hi folks -

    It turns out we only using the pool in July and August because the water is on the cold side during the other months. We actually thought about having the pool filled in because of the lack of use, but I've been reading up on heat pumps. We don't have gas at the house (oil for heating). Can the folks who live in New England tell me what heat pump models you use and your real life experience? I will have an electrician put in the proper 220v connections and luckily, the pump pad is just on the other side of the foundation from the breaker box. Any input is appreciated!!!

    Thank you
    Inground pool; about 20,000 gallons (18' x 36'); pool liner (vinyl?) a few years old; Haywood pump SPX2607X10

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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Do you have a cover? That is the best bang for the buck on heat retention.
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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    +1 to a solar cover for keeping heat in your pool overnight. Makes a BIG difference.
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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    Ok, I'll give the solar covers a shot. Should I go for one as thick as possible? I see a few 16 mil options on Amazon for a $100 or so.
    Inground pool; about 20,000 gallons (18' x 36'); pool liner (vinyl?) a few years old; Haywood pump SPX2607X10

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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    I would not go thick. Go inexpensive, they all seem to only last a few years.
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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    PoolDV and JBLIZZLE - thank you. I'll get a solar cover asap. Also, I notice in your signatures you have solar panels. Have they helped in warming your pools? Can you have water from the return jets feed the panels? That's the easiest way I can think of to install one for my pool; I'd lay the 2' x 12' (or 20') panel on the deck that faces south and that gets LOTS of sun and just have the return jet feed that panel. Thoughts?
    Inground pool; about 20,000 gallons (18' x 36'); pool liner (vinyl?) a few years old; Haywood pump SPX2607X10

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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    Get the 8 mil cheapest one you can find. They are lighter and easier to handle and work great. Yes, solar panels work great. They give us a lot of swim days that we would otherwise miss due to rain, cold fronts, etc.

    Solar panels should be plumbed in after the filter and before any chorinator or saltwater chlorine generator and then to the pool returns.
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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    Normal to have valves after to filter to divert water to the solar. They work great. We were swimming with water in the 80s in mid March, with no cover. But then it got cooler
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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    I love my Heat Siphon pump. Great customer service - when it broke under warranty (5 years) they delivered a new one and even installed it (I did the initial install myself with an electrician). The solar cover works well but for me was just a pain - rolling it out up every morning and rolling it out at night. Definitely get the cheapest one - I bough mine for like $29 at a pool store closeout.
    16' x 32' Gunite, 1.5 hp Hayward, Hayward DE filter, Hayward Goldline SWG, t-15 cell, Heat Siphon Z575

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    Re: Heat Pump near Boston MA - recommendations

    gb99 what is your normal pool temp range? I am in southeast Mass with a 20x40 inground pool. The shallow end is in full sun most of the day but the deep end only gets sun between 530 and 630 at night. All last year between July and Aug I was anywhere from 74 to a best of 79 (briefly).

    I purchased a solar cover this year and last night was the first time installing it. Pool temp yesterday afternoon was 72, this morning it was almost the same 72. So that was promising.

    let me know how your solar cover works
    20x40 in-ground Liner Pool, 2 Skimmers & 2 returns. 1.5 hp Starite pump and Hayward EC65 DE filter.

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