I want an above ground pool installed in the spring. I have multiple sclerosis, with minimal problems now. I believe a 18' x 54" pool will be adequate for me, for the following reasons:
1. It's only for me, husband is against a pool and will not use it.
2. I don't know how to swim; I mainly want to float and exercise in it, to keep my strength with MS.
3. I may have family over, but only about two people at a time, occasionally.
4. I need to keep expenses down, when purchasing and maintaining (I am on disability).
I went to a popular pool company in Nashville, and learned that a 24' pool is the most popular size sold. We have a very large yard; is an 18' adequate for me? The salesman was very nice, encouraging me to go with the salt water system (Permasalt), and a filter cartridge, for ease of maintenance. Also he advised a 24' pool, because an excellent warranty can be provided on it. Any opinions?
Lastly, I know the added cost of chemicals. What is your opinion of the average my electric bill will go up monthly, with the pump running 24/7?
Thank you so much for any and all advice, opinions, and help!