I'm looking for advice on heating my pool and am considering a heat pump or a solar panel system. We live in southwest Connecticut, and do not have natural gas, and propane seems like it will cost too much.
The pool is 40x20 rectangle, roughly 33,000 gallons.
There are some tall trees near the pool which keep it about 50% shaded, especially in the late summer. We do not use a solar cover, as we feel it is a safety hazard with young children, but we do use Solar Sun Rings, which cover about 60-75% of the surface area. The rings tend to do a pretty nice job, and get the temp up to about 78 (80 if its been really sunny and hot). My wife would like it closer to 85 though.
We open the pool in mid to late May, with a swimming season from mid-June through August. We would like to a) get the temp up during these 3 months and b) extend the season (ie, start in late May or first week of June and last through 2nd week of Sept).
We have a large garage/barn not too far from the pool where we could install solar heating panels. The roof is north facing and gets plenty of sun in the summer time. The area where we would put a heat pump is heavily shaded - gets little to no sunlight.
Also, I likely need to replace my pump. It is old and getting pretty rusty and has a leak. The motor says it is 1.5hp and the AMPS says SF 8.7-7.8/15.6 Volts 208-23/115. I'm pretty sure the plug we go into is 220. Any advice on what to replace it with is welcome.