FNG here and I'd like to thank all the contributors to this site that have helped to significantly shorten my learning curve as a new and first time pool owner. I've been studying the site and the invaluable information I've gleaned here has inspired me to join up and post a question. So, here goes.
I recently purchased a home with an in-ground pool which suffered from neglect by the previous owner. With the help of a local pool guy, my system is up and running, my water has gone from a black lagoon to sparkling clear and I'm ready to take the reins and see if I can't maintain this puppy all by my lonesome. With the help of TFP, of course! My kids were so excited to see the pool clean and clear this past weekend that they dove right in, in spite of the water temperature being no higher than 54 degrees! Ah, to be young!
My setup is listed in my signature but I'd like to add that I believe there was, at one time, a gas heater connected to the system as there is a gas line and concrete pad next to the filtration system. I've been considering getting a heater but I cringe at the thought of the expense of running gas heaters or heat pumps and I'm not crazy about the idea of a solar system that pumps water up to the roof of my split ranch. Today I stumbled upon a heat pump set-up that uses solar panels to produce the electricity to run a heat pump. At least, I think that's what they're selling.
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I'm hoping that some expert advice and/or firsthand experience with this unit (or one like it) from another member might help me decide if this is a viable system worth considering.
Thanks again for creating this site and allowing me to join. Looking forward to the summer!