A lot has been said about heat pumps vs propane / natural gas so I won't go there
I bought a house with a pool last May, and it has a propane heater which had been disconnected from the pool. I can only assume it had been leaking, or I would guess they would have left it connected and just not used it. Anyway, I wanted to get a heat pump to be able to take the 'edge' off, especially for the wife and my daughter. I got a quote of $5400 here in Mt Airy, MD for the Pentair UltraTemp 125,000 BTU Heat pump installed, NOT including running power to my pumping station, which is at least 50' from the house (not enough amperage available in the pool equipment area for the heat pump and the pool pump). This seems high to me, given that it is quite a lot higher than the retail cost of the heater to do some basic plumbing and final electric hookup.
Am I missing something? Can anyone give me any benchmarks for price comparison? I feel at that cost plus costs of running electric, the payback would be pretty long over just getting another propane heater (propane heater cheaper, no electrical changes).
Any input would be appreciated.