Hello Everyone - So last year in August I picked up an Intex 16' x 48" deep Intex ultra pool for my three kids (Aged 7 and below). I am in the north burbs of chicago and last august was not the warmest weather so the pool was kind of chilly. Took it down for the winter and stored in basement. We had a weekend in the 80s a couple weeks ago so I put it up again and filled using alot of water from the water heater (ran hose into house). Water temp was in high 70s but we have had so cool weather and now the water is in the high 50s. I live in the north burbs near Lake Michigan and so it is usually cooler. I am tired of dealing with the cool water in the pool. I also have alot of large trees in the neighborhood that block alot of the sun.
I decided I am going to add a heater. Went on craigslist and found a guy that is going to fill in his inground and was selling all his equipment and wanted the buyer to disassemble. I figure I will need new pump. So I grab tools and head over. Here is what i have:
Hayward H150 heater 3 years old
Pentair Superflo 1.5 HP pump
Polaris PB4-60 Booster pump
Huge Sand filter canister (2' wide by 3' tall)
Polaris pull vacuum robot
I paid $600 and the stuff really seems to be in good shape and relatively new. The pool was old but he said he had been replacing stuff as it broke over the last couple years.
Could I replace my intex pump with the Pentair Superflo and hook that to the heater? Could Ii buy some type of canister heater and splice into the line or would the filter on the pentair superflo be enough?
Any other thoughts? I am eventually going to either get a bigger Intex or maybe bite the bullet and get an in ground but want to see how it goes for a while.