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    Natural gas or heat pump in Tucson Arizona

    I have been reading on TFP and other places about pros and cons of gas vs. heat pump.
    I understand the advantage of being able to fire up a gas heater on demand and have a warm pool in a few hours. But with our warm temps I am leaning towards a Heat pump. I like th exact that it is quieter than gas,my neighbor has one that sounds like an F35 taking off.

    I am looking for input from someone in Arizona or Cali in a similar climate who has a heater.
    I would be getting a cover as our temps drop around 30 degrees at night.

    Here is our temp profile. Sorry about the formatting, it doesn't past well


    Averages
    Fahrenheit Celsius
    Humidity
    At Max Temp
    Precipitation
    Month
    Max Min Max Min
    (Inches)
    January 65 37 18 4
    33%
    .89
    February 69 40 20 5
    27
    .84
    March 74 43 23 7
    23
    .76
    April 82 50 27 10
    16
    .39
    May 90 57 32 14
    13
    .18
    June 100 67 38 20
    13
    .27
    July 101 74 37 23
    27
    2.04
    August 98 72 36 22
    33
    2.13
    September 95 67 34 20
    26
    1.16
    October 86 55 29 14
    25
    .75
    November 74 44 23 8
    28
    .77
    December 66 38 18 4
    35
    .98
    Average
    (Year) 83 54 28 13
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    Re: Natural gas or heat pump in Tucson Arizona

    Do you have a spa, that you would want to heat up in a hurry? If so, gas is the way to go, always. Otherwise a heat pump works very well here.
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    Re: Natural gas or heat pump in Tucson Arizona

    As you realize, there is no need for extra heat in the summer. What kind of season do you want? The spa question is important too.

    If you do not have a spa, then with a solar array and a cover you could be swimming March to November, although often the air is too cold for people to want to swim beyond that.
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    Re: Natural gas or heat pump in Tucson Arizona

    Aae
    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    As you realize, there is no need for extra heat in the summer. What kind of season do you want? The spa question is important too.

    If you do not have a spa, then with a solar array and a cover you could be swimming March to November, although often the air is too cold for people to want to swim beyond that.
    March to November is the realistic period.December-February is possible with a gas heater,but only on lark, like New Years party. Not a party guy, more for daily recreation.

    No spa,just the pool. No extra heat required from Mid May to Mid September,that's for sure.
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