Well, wife and I were talking and we have some extra cash laying around and figure while we got it we should put it towards what we use 7 months out of the year, before we spend it on something else (like maybe a new truck to replace my 192k mile 8 year old pick up ). We would really like to install a heater and automagic remote control LCD screen thingy for our pool. I have a new filter and pump. But am not happy with the pump so I want to replace it with an intelliflow one. Filter is great though. we also agree its time to go salt water. But im getting mixed answers on whether to go gas or electric for my heater, and blank stares when I ask for the digital LCD screen system so I can control it all from the house.
I dont have natural gas run. But the city can run lines from the street. Im finding that gas heaters tend to be cheaper. but am worried about how much it would cost me in natural gas every month. If I did gas I would also have them run me a line for a gas stove and fireplace while their at it. But Electric is more expensive to buy, but could be installed by my electrician. And while he is running a 220V for a heater. Might as well have him run a 220 for a new hot tub as well.
But IM getting very confused when I ask pool stores for the things I want. What is this magic automatic controlly thing for your pool called? How hard is it to have it added to our current set up? It would be great to just touch a button someware inside the house and have the heater turn on. AS well as change the pump speed. Plus im a nerd and like gadgets. But I have found out that bigger is better as far as heaters go. Whats the biggest gas and electric heater I can get? I want a big one as that way it will heat up quicker and wont work as hard to heat it up and then should (if my logic is correct) keep the monthly costs down. Solar is out since our house has lots of sky lights and trees. No place to add one that is free of sky lights, or has sun for more than 3 hours a day. I notice some electric models include pool Cooling. Which would be very nice in the summer when the pool peaks 96 degrees and becomes very unpleasant, But are only 116k BTU compared to 400k BTU of the gas model, and the gas model is much cheaper. Thanks for the help guys.