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Old 03-29-2013, 11:05 AM
 
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One of my clients bought these 3 foot circular rings that sit on top of the water's surface and heat the water through solar from the sun. He said it raises the temp about 5 degrees.

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Old 03-29-2013, 11:32 AM
 
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One of my clients bought these 3 foot circular rings that sit on top of the water's surface and heat the water through solar from the run. He said it raises the temp about 5 degrees.
That's pretty cool!

On the flip side, my friend has a 100-year old tree shading his pool, probably making it the most pleasant pool in town when it's blazing in July and August (and everyone else is boiling in their pools).
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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Great responses, thank you! I can now cross that off my list of things to worry about. Now I have to worry about the age and condition of the three air conditioners that are in this house we are considering. Good material for another thread early next week
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Plano, TX
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The pool in our old house was heated and we used it a couple of times to have kids parties a little early in the swimming season to knock the temp up a few degrees. We never had a huge spike in our gas bill due to that. Having said that I think if your intent is to keep the pool up to a comfortable swimming temperature constantly that would be a different situation all together.

I am with other posters who recommend some sort of cooling instead. By August pools that aren't shaded can become like huge bath tubs. I actually did a little experiment after a friend suggested that I run my filters and pumps in the middle of the night to cool my current pool down. Running the filters / pumps through the night (assuming the return goes through some sort of waterfall or overflow from the spa to the pool, cools the water a couple of degrees overnight. I was pretty amazed.

Edit to add: I realize the pool drops a few degrees overnight anyway, but with the fountain and waterfall working overnight it dropped an additional 5 degrees.

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Old 03-30-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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Great responses, thank you! I can now cross that off my list of things to worry about. Now I have to worry about the age and condition of the three air conditioners that are in this house we are considering. Good material for another thread early next week

If you really like the house, you can negotiatie repars to the A/C if anything is seriously wrong. If they are functioning, but just old, then make the seller provide a home warranty that covers everything -- the pool, the A/C, etc.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Plano
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I would not be worry about heating the pool , we never use ours......now if I could find a cooling system , that would be great , in the last 2 years , the water was like a hot bath
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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As has already been pointed out I will also add it is NOT expensive to heat a pool a few times in early Spring. We only heat ours when we need to and have never noticed a spike in our gas bill when we have used the heater. There have been many times that a sports end of season party was being held out our house for the kids to swim and the temps dropped that day w/ cloud cover making the pool unbearably cold. I flipped the heater on and made it possible for the kids to swim. I personally would not have a pool that was not heated. I don't care for pool water that is 60-70 degrees which is where ours is at right now.

One friend did not heat their pool and it is a pretty big and deep diving pool. That thing is FRIGID thru most of June. She won't host her annual swim party till July because of it being too cold for us adults to enjoy.

Our pool was put in back in 99 and the heater is still going strong.

Yes, cooling the water in July and August would be great. We have dumped ice in it on occassion for pool parties. I think my husband has already checked on it and I am sure he would love that.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Like so many others, heating the pool has never been an issue. I do have a heater, never used it because so many people pointed out the cost. I'm thinking about having the heater removed.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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As has already been pointed out I will also add it is NOT expensive to heat a pool a few times in early Spring. We only heat ours when we need to and have never noticed a spike in our gas bill when we have used the heater. There have been many times that a sports end of season party was being held out our house for the kids to swim and the temps dropped that day w/ cloud cover making the pool unbearably cold. I flipped the heater on and made it possible for the kids to swim. I personally would not have a pool that was not heated. I don't care for pool water that is 60-70 degrees which is where ours is at right now.

One friend did not heat their pool and it is a pretty big and deep diving pool. That thing is FRIGID thru most of June. She won't host her annual swim party till July because of it being too cold for us adults to enjoy.

Our pool was put in back in 99 and the heater is still going strong.

Yes, cooling the water in July and August would be great. We have dumped ice in it on occassion for pool parties. I think my husband has already checked on it and I am sure he would love that.
Is your pool shallow? Or exposed to the sun for the majority of daylight hours? These and other factors would determine how long the heater would have to be on for the water to be comfortable. Obviously if the heater doesn't have to be on long you may not see much of a difference. We have a large pool, over half of it is 9' and only gets about 3 hours of full sun. Heating it would take forever and yes, there would be a substantial increase in the heating bill (one neighbor with a similar size and depth pool learned it the hard way!)
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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Mine is a gas heater so heating cost is not bad for the benefit but we don't feel the need to do it often.
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