Primarily this is for spa use and I'm really confused. Planning on building a pool in the next 6 mos and I'm trying to decide what's the smart play here with my situation.
So a pool/spa combo, yes I really want the spa, but my only choice is propane or electric HP. I've researched the heck out of this and it looks like a HP is marginal for spa heating however I only have propane as another option. How much I'd use the spa is questionable but given I'm in a milder climate (Atlanta burbs,) I don't have much cold weather to worry about. My wife and I like the idea on a cooler spring/fall night heading out to a spa for an hour or so to relax but I'm fearful that heating a spa would be nearly cost-prohibitive or not very convienant. Two PB's I've talked to suggested either forgoing a spa all together or putting in a HP for heat. First question, would this be practice? Second question, if I went LP what's the realistic use of heating a spa 'on demand' vs the costs? While we have fairly reasonable LP costs it's still there in the 'winter.'
Ibe heard suggestions to do a stand-alone spa on my deck that uses electricity and is self-contained but it doesn't have the 'look' as a built-in spa has.
Thougt of those that have been in this situation?