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?