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Thread: Heater - Heat Pump a better option?

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    Heater - Heat Pump a better option?

    Solar heater just isn't an option. We use a solar cover, but it still doesn't get us there. Well, the kids don't mind it, but it's too cold for me. 80 is probably what I want, unless it's really hot out.

    A 7,600 gallon pool, so what would you consider to heat this pool?

    Taxes and fees included:
    Gas is $1.04 Ccf
    Electric is 16 cents per kWh

    With gas I have the cost of the gas line, meter installation, etc. However, I had always been tempted to run gas for the back yard grill. Still, I'm thinking electric heat pump is the "cleaner" option.

    I read some good reviews on the Pentair Heat Pump 125,000 BTU UltraTemp 120. Price @ $2,900.
    18' AG pool, 7,646 gallons, Sun from 11:30AM-2PM.
    Pentair Dynamo 1hp pump, Intermatic Timer (6/17)
    Pentair Sand dollar filter - 100lbs, 35gpm
    Pentair Lil' Shark cleaner, TF-100 Kit
    Raypak 206A 200K, BTU gas (6/17)

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    Re: Heater - Heat Pump a better option?

    I have both because I use the heat pump for the pool and propane heater for the spa. Having an issue with my ~10 year old heat pump currently so I can now heat the pool with propane.

    If I had NG at this house, I would use only a NG heater. With the size of your pool, and a decent sized gas heater, you could warm it up in short order.

    The heat pump, when working, does a great job of starting the season early and extending the season.

    I'd give the nod to NG, especially in conjunction with a NG grill worked to the house. I had that at my two previous homes and loved not having to fool with propane tanks.
    26K gal, gunite pool/hot tub, 2 HP Jandy Stealth pump, Hayward S310S sand filter with vari-flo valve, Hayward poolboss automation, EUS Mark 6 heat pump, Hayward H Series propane heater, Pentair 320 chlorinator, Hayward PSA24 valve acuators, Air Supply Silencer blower.

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    Re: Heater - Heat Pump a better option?

    Being in PA you probably don't get real warm real quick outside. You have to remember that a heat pump relies on the outside temp to heat the pool. So any cool days during the summer you probably won't get much heat.

    Since you have natural gas, that's a lot cheaper than propane. You can heat your pool on a whim for a weekend and due it rather quickly. A heat pump won't do it it at all.

    You mention the cost of the heat pump but you will also probably have to include the cost of some electrical work as well as it should have it's own dedicated 240 connection.
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    Re: Heater - Heat Pump a better option?

    THanks. Yeah, I figured the electrician, but gas install will be more expensive I'm sure, since they have to run a line. If that line has to be underground, it could get ugly. It's probably 30 feet depending on where we put the heater and if I recall that itself was an issue, due to code. Where the heater needs to be placed. I don't have a large yard. My signature used to read sun from 10AM. Now it's 11:30, probably 11:45 until the pool is completely covered by sun. That tree is killing me. With that tree cut down a bit, I would get sun from 9AM. I might try to approach the neighbor. Even if I pay for it, it might be worth it.
    18' AG pool, 7,646 gallons, Sun from 11:30AM-2PM.
    Pentair Dynamo 1hp pump, Intermatic Timer (6/17)
    Pentair Sand dollar filter - 100lbs, 35gpm
    Pentair Lil' Shark cleaner, TF-100 Kit
    Raypak 206A 200K, BTU gas (6/17)

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