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Old 03-18-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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I was thinking!

Our pool doesn't have a heater and it would be nice to have a pool we could use in the winter months.

I have been researching the options and because we don't have gas ther are two, panels on the roof or a heat pump.

Panels on the roof are obviously the least expensive to use because once installed there is no additional cost, but I'm not sure I want them on my roof.

A heat pump has the issue of cost to run but it's not on the roof.

What I want is a heat pump that will also air condition the house at the same time, that way there would be no additional cost.


Is there such a thing?

Gary
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:37 PM
 
Location: North Port
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MartyGras,

Yes, there is a pool heater that takes the waste heat from your home to heat the pool. An added benefit is using this will lower your A/C's head pressure, making it even more efficient.

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Old 03-19-2013, 05:22 AM
 
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ok I havent read thru it but................

when we have our pool heater on (winter) we dont have the ac running
when we do have the ac (summer) we dont have the pool heat

so how will this help if no ac ??

as I say I havent read it, its far too early
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:37 AM
 
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I was thinking!

Our pool doesn't have a heater and it would be nice to have a pool we could use in the winter months.

I have been researching the options and because we don't have gas ther are two, panels on the roof or a heat pump.

Panels on the roof are obviously the least expensive to use because once installed there is no additional cost, but I'm not sure I want them on my roof.

A heat pump has the issue of cost to run but it's not on the roof.

What I want is a heat pump that will also air condition the house at the same time, that way there would be no additional cost.


Is there such a thing?

Gary
No.... You typically don't run both at the same time. Solar really only extends your swimming season it doesn't give you year round warm water. Typical solar gives you about 7 degrees of a added heat, so if your pool is 63 degrees in December then solar will only get you to 70.... Not exactly warm for swimming! Solar panels are frequently excluded from windstorm coverage now as well.

Get an AquaCal heat pump (made right in St Petersburg, FL). They are excellent and their service dept is outstanding. Too many other manufacturers outsource warranty work to local A/C companies and often get lousy results, AQ sends their own techs in AQ lettered vans and have the trucks stocked with everything they need.

I usually funnel my summer A/C money right into the heat pump for the winter so the power bill stays very level all year round.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:40 AM
 
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The other thing solar doesn't give you on demand heat, you are at the mercy of the weather. Heat pump can make your pool 90 degrees tomorrow if you so desire!
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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We decided on the Helicol solar panels when we built our pool 2 yrs ago. I would recommend them for a smaller pool (ours is about 7,500 gallons). On a sunny day, we can easily get 15 degrees increased temp. The key to using solar is to use the pool blanket that comes with most solar systems! This will dramatically reduce nighttime heat loss, making temp recovery time the next day MUCH more attainable. We've used our pool about a dozen times this winter (only when it's at least 84 degrees). In the 8 months of summer, we use it probably 5 times per week.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:28 AM
 
Location: North Port
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ok I havent read thru it but................

when we have our pool heater on (winter) we don't have the ac running
when we do have the ac (summer) we don't have the pool heat

so how will this help if no ac ??

as I say I haven't read it, its far too early
Of course if you do not have the home AC on..you will get no heat. I was merely answering the OP's question....."What I want is a heat pump that will also air condition the house at the same time, that way there would be no additional cost."
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:47 AM
 
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I ended up turning my pool heater off since mid January this year as there haven't been too many days that made me say hey I wanna jump in the pool! It dropped my bill by about $100 a month not having it run daily. Last year at this time I had been to the beach (when i didn't have a pool)at least 5 times between Mar 1 and Mar 18. I have a pool blanket and figured if it gets to be a day I wanna swim then I'll turn it on. I normally like it at about 89 degrees. The temp right now after about 2 months of no heat pump and using the blanket is around 76. Thats a bit of a Brrrrr but like I said if the air temp made me feel like I wanted to swim, I'll turn the heat pump on.
I just wish there was some way to funnel the cool air that comes off the pump back into the house!!! You wanna get cooled off outside on a hot day, go stand by a heat pump! LOL
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: North Port
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I just wish there was some way to funnel the cool air that comes off the pump back into the house!!! You wanna get cooled off outside on a hot day, go stand by a heat pump! LOL
You would not have the pool pump on when its hot outside !..lol
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Exactly, you will run the pool heater at the same time your home heat pump is running, when it's COLD outside. When it's hot out, why would you run the pool heater? It will stay in the upper 80s all on it's own most of summer.
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