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    Second thoughts on heat pump in N Florida

    We received our pool docs back yesterday to submit to the HOA and there was a mistake so I'm using this time to ask questions about heat pumps vs gas. We live north of St. Augustine and were going to do a heat pump as several friends with gas for their spas admit to not wanting to re-fill them due to the cost. We will have the I-Link setup for our iPhones to pre-heat the spa etc. Anyone in our region have any opinions on this? Gas may be cheaper initially (except for tank purchase etc) but heat pump does take longer. Our spa will be 7 ft. Heat pump cam heat pool but I doubt we'd use that feature a lot except during school holidays...it's worth any price to keep our three seven year olds swimming and having fun in the pool!!! Thanks for your input, I love this forum!!!!
    Dream freeform pool 34 x 19 w/sheer descent waterfall, 7 ft spa with 6 jets W/ Jandy T3000 heater, doggie deck (sun shelf) with with Jandy Nicheless LED 9 w Watercolor light and a wrap bench to spa, 831 sq ft of paver decking ( Belgard Mega-Cambridge paver in Aragon), Pebble Tec finish in Midnight Blue with Shimmering Sea (abalone), I-Auqualink PS4 with spa side switch/remote. Pool and deck area to be screen enclosed.

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    Re: Second thoughts on heat pump in N Florida

    We decided to go with a heat pump in Orlando. Same rational, cost of adding propane tank, refills and don't mind the extra wait time when I have automation. Got the idea from a neighbor in the community who heats her spa year round with a heat pump. When temps drop to 50's it will take about 40 mins to get the spa above 100. If you don't mind the extra time to heat and your electrical rates aren't through the roof, a heat pump is a viable option for FL.

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    Re: Second thoughts on heat pump in N Florida

    Thank you CCCentralFL- seems most here do gas so they can also have it run for outdoor kitchen but not sure we're going that route. Glad to know we're aren't alone

    do you have an idea of how much per month it increases your electric bill? Did you also do solar?
    Dream freeform pool 34 x 19 w/sheer descent waterfall, 7 ft spa with 6 jets W/ Jandy T3000 heater, doggie deck (sun shelf) with with Jandy Nicheless LED 9 w Watercolor light and a wrap bench to spa, 831 sq ft of paver decking ( Belgard Mega-Cambridge paver in Aragon), Pebble Tec finish in Midnight Blue with Shimmering Sea (abalone), I-Auqualink PS4 with spa side switch/remote. Pool and deck area to be screen enclosed.

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    Re: Second thoughts on heat pump in N Florida

    Same here. We are going with the HP because our home does not have natural gas or propane. We are mostly going to use it only for the spa and are going the automation route as well. The extra wait time isn't a big deal to us, especially when the warm south Florida temperatures help the effectiveness of the HP.


    Brian - UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 17K gal SW Gunite IG. 17'x23'(w/shelf)x34'. 650sf. 114' perim. 3.5'-5' depth sports pool. 7'x11' sun shelf, 6'x8' spa. Intelliflow VSP, IC60 SWCG, CC420 filter, 4 LEDs (2 Globrite and 2 Intellibrite). Hayward 140K BTU heat pump. Pentair EasyTouch 8 automation. Ivory travertine deck. 8"X16" travertine coping. NPT lightwaves Aquamarine spa tile and marker tiles. Undecided on plaster/pebble finish.

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    Re: Second thoughts on heat pump in N Florida

    Pools still under construction, so don't have any real figures to share. There are past threads that calcuated the monthly operating cost of HP vs propane if you want to get an estimate.

    My neighbor was anticipating a higher bump to the electric bill with just heating the spa. Heating the pool is a different story.

    Didn't install solar as we were already past budget.

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