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    To heat or not to heat, that s my question

    I found a post in here from 2009 that could have been written by me but a lot could have changed from then. I have a 16 x 32 doughboy 48" with a deep swim area roughly 6'. I live in the south and realize this year has been unseasonably wet and cool but even if I get "used" to the water, I suffer terribly after swimming in any temps below 82 with my arthritis making it a useless pool. We have 1 solar panel and 2 blocked solar trapped hoses that help but only in full sun which we've had very little of this year.

    It's August and my pool has exceeded 82 less than 5 times (and of course that's when I'm at work).

    I don't understand the difference between a heat pump and a heater, assuming the latter is simply connected to the pump. The expense of these things appear to run higher than the price of my pool; therefore, I want to buy what makes sense.

    Can anyone suggest next steps? It what "not" to do?

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    Re: To heat or not to heat, that s my question

    Welcome to tfp, simpllady

    Quote Originally Posted by simpllady
    I don't understand the difference between a heat pump and a heater, assuming the latter is simply connected to the pump.
    They are both heaters that would be plumbed after the pump/filter (both need the pool pump to move water through them). By heater, I am assuming you mean a gas heater...they use either natural gas or propane to heat the pool. The heat pump uses electricity as the means to heat the water (through a reverse refrigeration cycle). In more southern climates, a heat pump tends to be a good fit when the pool is used a lot and the ambient temperature does not go too low when pool use is desired. However, if you only use the pool once or twice a week, then the gas heater may be a better choice, since when well sized, they can heat the pool water much faster then a heat pump.
    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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    Re: To heat or not to heat, that s my question

    Thank you - I was leaning towards a propane heater but had no idea where to start.

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    Re: To heat or not to heat, that s my question

    If you have a natural gas supply already at your location, that likely will be much cheaper than propane.
    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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