This is s a question to anyone out there that owns, or has knowledge of heat pumps.
I have a 16x32 inground pool that gets a fair bit of sun. I use a solar blanket regularly, however I still seem to lose a fair bit of heat at night. I have no heater.
The pool temp is OK right now (~80), was up to 86 during a recent heat wave. But all it takes is a cold week or sun free week and I am down to 70 in a flash.
Long story short, I have had several gas installers come out to assess and give quotes for running a gas line. Problem is the meter hook up is at the complete opposite corner of where it needs to get too, which is my back shed where the pump etc. reside (see crude diagram below) I have concrete and interlocking along the side where the meter is, so I cannot dig and would need to run the gas line along the wall, which sucks. Plus, not one of these gas guys said they would do the actual digging, so once the gas line got to the back of the house, I would have to dig the trench through the lawn, around the pond and to the back shed.
They generally quoted $25/ft to install the gas line, and I would estimate that the run is close to 100-125 feet. So I'm looking at ~$3k just to run the line.
I was given an old, albeit unused NG heater, so the heater would be free, but since it was older, and the efficiency is probably low, I may have to replace it in a few years.
This method would be a big pain in the butt, as logistically, it would be challenging to run the line. One gas guy recommended a big propane tank .. but a) I don't want an ugly tank in my yard, and b) propane is expensive where I live. I am also not interested in solar.
SOOOO ... I have started to look at heat pumps. I have electricity running to the shed (although will probably have to run a new line back to it to handle the load), and I came across a heat pump that suits my needs that I can purchase brand new from Costco for ~$2700 delivered. Its an AquaPRO PRO1100E 112,000 BTU Heat Pump. I called local pool supply stores and they were charging $7500 for a similarly featured Hayward and $8500 for a similarly featured Jandy.
I had always heard that heat pumps were much cheaper to operate over time, but the initial outlay was more upfront. But in my situation, even with a free gas heater, it would still cost more to have the gas line installed than the cost of this heat pump!!
I live in Southern Ontario Canada, and hope to keep the pool ~80+ during the summer and extend the season, maybe Mid may to October. I would prefer a steady heat as I swim all week long, not just on the weekends or when people come over.
Any thoughts on how well these operate etc.??
Any feedback would be appreciated.