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    Scappoose Oregon

    Question Heating my above ground pool please help

    Hello thank you for the add to your group.. Can someone please help me figure out how to heat my above ground 5,000 gal pool ... any idieas would be great thank you so much !!

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    DFW, TX

    Re: Heating my above ground pool please help

    Welcome to TFP! To start it off there are three choices.
    Solar panels, needs sunny southern exposure
    Heat pump, best for maintaining constant heat level
    Gas/propane heater, best for occasional heating or quick temp bump

    Solar has lowest operating cost, heat pump is generally next lowest then gas then propane. Propane is usually quite a bit more expensive than gas. The cost differential to heat with a heat pump vs gas really depends on how much and how often you heat.

    There are pool heating calculators online, but I haven't used one recently.
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    Re: Heating my above ground pool please help

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Are you using a cover on the pool at night? Just that will help to retain a lot of the heat that the sun adds throughout the day.
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    Souderton, PA

    Re: Heating my above ground pool please help

    We are using solar heat here and if you have a good south or southwest area that you can put the solar panels up on a roof or another structure that gets good midday sun they are very economical. We live in Pennsylvania and our pool temperatures stayed pretty consistently in the upper 80's to low 90's all summer. I have been in my pool a few times already this year with the solar panels on and we are having a very cool spring so far. I have extended our pool season into October both the years we have used it. It has been very economical and essentially trouble free. Others here also use propane, gas, and heat pump. Most here who started with propane switched from it to another method due to cost of operation. solar has been easy for us and essentially free not counting buying the panels. Almost forgot, we do use a solar cover to keep the heat in at night. Without it the pool loses several degrees each night as I have found out when I was too lazy to put the cover back on.
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    Oakbank, Canada

    Re: Heating my above ground pool please help

    First thing, do you have natural gas? If not, then your options just got less.
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