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Old 03-04-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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To ISLAND HOPPER.....I aswered the previous post without reading your reply. We basically say the same thing. Also, the Amazon pool co. are using Helicol panels. I believe Popa Pools use them as well. I like the idea that you can replace indivdual tubes and that they allow your roof to breath because they are not solid panels.
Yes, Popa uses Helicol exclusively (they built my pool and installed the solar). My 7-panel system was around $2,500 I believe, as part of the pool package. Advanced Solar (Ft Myers) wanted around $3,500 to install Fafco panels.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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Yes, Popa uses Helicol exclusively (they built my pool and installed the solar). My 7-panel system was around $2,500 I believe, as part of the pool package. Advanced Solar (Ft Myers) wanted around $3,500 to install Fafco panels.

Did they use 7-10footers or 7 12 footers ??? I think that is about the same price we were quoted. I forget, I'll call tomorrow

PS..........HELIOCOL
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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my last house had tile roof and solar heat it was no problem installed by tropical. the heat pamnels consisted of small black hoses lightweight although in the cold winter it wasnt hot but i like to leave the 100 degree hot tub and cool off in the pool
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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Solar panels are cheaper than a heat pump initially. And, once they are installed, they cost nothing to operate.
I think they are the only two options. Not including a gas heater which would cost an arm and a leg to operate.

The advantage to a heat pump (which cost $ everytime you turn it on) is you probably can heat your pool better in the middle of the winter. I don't have much desire to go swimming when it is in the 70s, no matter what the water temp. is.

I'm no expert, I'm just giving my opinion
I agree,we have an electric heatpump but its too damn cold to swim in Dec-Jan so I dont run the heater anyway . I'm getting ready to build a new house with a new pool and I am going to do it exactly the same way as the present one 1)saltwater2)electric heatpump3)therapy-jet bench inside the pool. Love them all!
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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I agree,we have an electric heatpump but its too damn cold to swim in Dec-Jan so I dont run the heater anyway . I'm getting ready to build a new house with a new pool and I am going to do it exactly the same way as the present one 1)saltwater2)electric heatpump3)therapy-jet bench inside the pool. Love them all!
Don't forget a couple of deck jets! Little streamers on the deck that arch water into the pool. My son LOVES them! Pool builder tried talking me out of them saying we'd never use them, but alas, we do! Worth the $150 for two. We have a salt pool and LOVE it!! Very low maint and rarely have to put any liquid chlorine in (once or twice in the summer if we get a LOT of rain)
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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I made up my mind. Having solar panels installed Tues. We are having six 12Ft. Heliocol panels installed. After much reading, I have decided they are best. We went with 6-12s instead of 7-10s because of fit constraints. We are only losing 24sq.. Later if we find it's not getting the job done, we'll add one 10ft to the line. I think it will work fine because our pool is only 5ft on the deep end.

$2550.00 installed
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Do any of you with pools have a hot tub as well? Either in the pool or next to it? We LOVE our hot tub, but we're wondering if we'd ever use one once we get to Florida.
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Do any of you with pools have a hot tub as well? Either in the pool or next to it? We LOVE our hot tub, but we're wondering if we'd ever use one once we get to Florida.
I had one up North, and use to sit out in it when it was snowing, and at night in the winter. Down here I don't think I'd use it. I have a pool, and heat it to 85 in the winter. I have a pool heater, and it probably costs me $85 a month when in use.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: WI
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I had one up North, and use to sit out in it when it was snowing, and at night in the winter. Down here I don't think I'd use it. I have a pool, and heat it to 85 in the winter. I have a pool heater, and it probably costs me $85 a month when in use.
So right BH, the hot tub is great at night under the stars when it's really cold out, you hair freezes to the side and your beer stays cold
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Florida
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So right BH, the hot tub is great at night under the stars when it's really cold out, you hair freezes to the side and your beer stays cold
The WINE stays cold too! We have our hot tub in a gazebo, and while it's great getting INTO the tub, getting out and getting the top back on and that doors shut, and that lonnnnng walk (about 20 feet) BACK to the house again, almost make it not worth it?? Hmmm.......still not sure whether or not to put one in at our new house too........lots of planning to do, huh Jill? WE LOVE IT!! We've built two houses, and while THIS house.....circa 1864 has been wonderful......a new house will be super once again!
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