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    Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    I have a 28' round AGP. It has a flexible liner and a deep end. I have a 2 hp motor and 300lb sand filter. I live in Northwest Missouri.

    I would like to extend my pool a little longer in the fall, and also open it a little earlier in the spring (March was 80-90 here this spring but couldn't get the water hot till mid May).

    What is the best type of heater for my situation - electric, gas, other??

    Also, I have the pool completely covered by decking. Can I put foam sheets of insulation around the walls of the pool under the deck, or do you think that would help keep the heat in at all?
    1) 23,500 Gallon Pool (28' round)
    2) Sand Filter
    3) Above Ground
    4) 2 horse pump

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    Re: Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    Most of the heat is lost through evaporation, I have a heat pump heater which is good for me as my pool gets little to no sun so it heats it up and maintains the temp.
    A gas heater will heat the pool quicker but will cost more to run.
    Im not sure about solar.
    15ft round above ground pool (6600 gallons)
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    Jandy gas heater
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    Re: Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    I'd go with solar panels and gas as a backup if you're serious about wanting to swim in the season fringe. Solar will probably do it alone most of the time.
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    Re: Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    Cost isn't a major issue, but the more we keep in our pocket the better.

    I have a great solar cover that almost eliminated chemicals this summer. It helps keep it up, but we lose a lot at night.

    Do you think one set of solar panels would do the trick? Or should we use more?

    What type of gas heater for backup?

    Thanks so far!
    1) 23,500 Gallon Pool (28' round)
    2) Sand Filter
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    4) 2 horse pump

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    Re: Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    To be most efficient, you should get close to as many sqft in panels as your pool surface has.

    The larger the heater the better.
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    Re: Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    So I would need a little over 600 sq feet. Is my pump strong enough for that?

    Thanks!
    1) 23,500 Gallon Pool (28' round)
    2) Sand Filter
    3) Above Ground
    4) 2 horse pump

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    Re: Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    Where will your panels be located in relation to the pool?

    Most likely your pump will handle more fine (your pump appears that it might be oversized anyway). I would plumb them in parallel.
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    Re: Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    I would put them to the west (straight out from the pool in the picture) or to the north side (to the right of the pool in the picture). The pump is under the stairs to the right of the pool.

    The trees in the picture are 30-40 foot from the deck. But off that side of the deck is really high, about 12 foot or so.
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    1) 23,500 Gallon Pool (28' round)
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    4) 2 horse pump

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    Re: Suggestions for AGP Heater?

    Nice deck setup!

    I think your placement would be fine...it is best to have the panels at an angle facing south (or close to south...mine are southwest).
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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