I'm writing because I have a serious question about whether or not purchasing a pool heater is as expensive as everyone warns that it is. I have relocated from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Austin, Texas and purchased an older home with a 1960's pool that is in wonderful shape. Problem is, there is no heater. I hate cold water as a legacy of growing up in the north, where everything is freezing all the time and going in an outdoor pool or lake was traumatizing for me. Both my realtor and inspector told me a heater is crazy expensive to not only purchase but to use. Part of their argument is that because it's so hot, the pool stays warm as it is without the heater. The inspector said to save my money and get a hot tub instead.
I have been living here for two years at a complex with a pool that is heated to 80 degrees all year round. I have used the pool through November and then as early as February because of the warm temperature. I worry I may not use my own pool as much if it's too cool. Any well-seasoned advice on the topic anyone has to offer would be much appreciated.
Thanks so much!
EDIT: I just found out the pool is 20k gallons-ish.