I am looking to get a heat pump for my pool this spring so I can start swimming earlier and more than I was able to last year, and have a couple questions, if anyone can give advice or opinions.
I am considering getting either:
Hayward HP21104T HeatPro 110,000 BTU for $2,650 (http://www.poolsupplyworld.com/Hayward- ... 21104T.htm)
Pentair UltraTemp Model 110 108,000 BTU for $2,510 (http://www.poolsupplyworld.com/Pentair- ... 460932.htm) or
Pentair UltraTemp Model 120 R H/C 125,000 BTU, Heat/Cool for $3,444 (http://www.poolsupplyworld.com/Pentair- ... 460935.htm).
Apparently the Hayward HP21104T is poolsupplyworld's best-selling heat pump. The Pentair UltraTemp Model 110 looks better for slightly less though, am I missing anything on the Hayward that would make it the better heat pump?
Is getting the option of having the heat pump also able to cool the water worth the $1,000 extra it would cost? I live outside of Philadelphia, PA, so it does get pretty hot here sometimes, but not normally for too extended of periods. Has anyone else had a heat pump that also cools, and do you use it often/would you recommend it? Or for anyone who lives in this area, how often have you wished your water was a bit cooler?
For normal use of a heat pump, I assume it is run during the day when the ambient heat outside is greater so it has better efficiency? How much do you need to pay extra attention to a heat pump to be sure your water stays the right temp? Or does the built-in controller regulate the heat without much extra work?
I look forward to hearing everyone's opinions/suggestions and any other comments you might have about heat pumps