My wife and I are thinking of adding a heater to our 27ft round above ground pool with a deck surround. I want to say it's probably 4ft deep with a flat bottom (in case there are other depths/bottoms for AGP's).
I have read numerous opinions on this and they vary enough to hit the forums...
I have heard that just buying a 50k btu and leaving it run all the time will suffice and I've also heard I'll need a min of 100+btus (and anywhere in between those numbers as well). I also don't know about brand reputation/customer service, as opinions on that seem to vary based on whatever brand a company carries (Dealer A: Brand B is the best and Brand C is turrible; Dealer B: Brand C is the best and Brand B is turrible).
Ultimately, while not thrilled with the thought of dropping 3k+ on a heat pump alone (before replumb and electric work), I also don't want to spend half that on something that won't work at all.
I am also looking for a realistic estimate on utility cost increase (knowing there are many variables). Running pump 23hrs a day or just 8 hours or...what can I expect for increase in operating costs? I've heard $15/month to $400/month more...which has me ready to throw in the towel and just swim in the usual 75degree water haha.
Any advice for me would be greatly appreciated!!