I'm putting in an in ground pool this spring. I have a builder and we're waiting for the permits to clear. Originally, I didn't think we'd want/need a pool heater (no spa), but now my wife is wondering if we should get one. I'm thinking we'll try this season without and see how it goes, however I don't want to close off the option of adding a heater later.
So I have a few question. I'm leaning toward a heat pump because of the lower running cost.
1. I want to make sure I've planned ahead for adding a heat pump. What do I need to have installed now (electrical, plumbing, space, etc.).
2. Can it be installed by me? I'm fairly competent mechanically.
3. Is there a brand/model you'd recommend? Any brand/model to stay away from?
4. Would it be controlled by my P4, or have it's own controls?
Here is the pool/equipment I'm going to be using.
Sq Ft: 600
Shape: Custom (almost a kidney)
Depth: 3’, 4’, 6’
Love Seat: 6’ Deep End
Tile: Frost line, steps
Pipe: 2” PVC
Deck: 500’ Exposed Aggregate
Pump: Pentair WhisperFlo 1½ HP
Filter: Pentair FNS Plus 48 D.E. Filter
Control System: Goldline P4
Chlorine: SWCG Goldline TurboCell
Valves: Jandy Neverlube
Light: (2) Colorlogic LED
Cleaner: Pentair Legend II
Winter Cover: Loop-Loc