Hey everyone, we are in the process of building an in-ground pool. We are on the fence about putting a heater in, looking for pros/cons? TIA
kristi: Hey everyone, we are in the process of building an in-ground pool. We are on the fence about putting a heater in, looking for pros/cons? TIA
desi: Not sure where you live but I live in the Northeast Corner of PA.
We still have cool days and nights throughout the summer months.
We have a heater for our inground pool and I could not imagine not having it.
When we have a few cool days or nights, in about 6 hours our pool can be back up to our ideal temp.
It definitely helps us maximize its use. When we had heat wave at the end of September, we used it and we were swimming at the end of September.
If you live in a climate where you see cooler temps at night, even in the summer, I would definitely get one.
If you are going to spend the money on an inground, a few thousand more for a heater is worth it.
kristi: We live in Ga and the weather is unpredictable here. Today the high is 74 and tomorrow the high is 54. 🤷🏻♀️ It’s $4500 for a heater, one girl told me her gas bill was $700 the month they heated their pool. The pool guy recommended a heat pump but says everyone that gets one wishes they didn’t waste the money. I’m definitely torn.
melisa: Get a heater. We bought a pentair heater and I think it was around $2,500.00 and we have a pool that holds 40,000 gallons. We just turn the heater on when we need it.
desi: This is the pump we have.
It’s not gas, it’s electric.
We have already kept in running for a week straight to maintain temp and in the same month, used it heavily certain weeks, running 6-12 hours at a time.
We also keep our filter on 24 hours and between the 2, it raised our electric bill by $150.00.
It works fast and is super efficient.
5 years ago when our pool was installed, heater was almost $5,000.
I believe you can get this model now for about $3,000 and perhaps a newer one for around $5,000.
Gas heaters can be very expensive which is why we opted for electric.
It’s a Hayward Heat Pro Titanium for reference.
kristi: Forgive me for sounding stupid but we are totally new at this… is a heat pump different than electric? We hired one pool company and just fired them, one reason is he didn’t explain anything to us and talked us into stuff we didn’t even know we wanted so thankfully I contacted another man who came out yesterday and explained a lot but of course has a different option with the heater. He just said a heat pump is better than gas.
desi: there are gas heaters and ones that run using your electric. (No gas needed to run). They are titanium heaters. They are much more energy efficient than gas heaters.
They are equipped with titanium coils that heat up and warm the water as it passes through.
The coils are designed to not rust or corrode.
You could google titanium coil pool heaters and it will explain in greater detail.
kristi: Got it! Ok so having a heater extends the time you get to use the pool? Do you cover yours in the winter? Do you run your heater all the time, set on a certain temp, kinda like your house?
desi: Kristine Henson it really does extend the time you get to use the pool.
If you have a cool night or two, the water temp can get pretty cool. Especially if you have some cool nights but very hot days.
If we didn’t have a heater, we never would have been able to swim at the end of September.
I keep a solar cover on in the summer (this prevents a lot of water evaporation at night when the water temp is warmer than the outside air) and since I live in a very cold, snowy winter climate, I winterize my pool (I use a Merlin mesh safety cover to close it up.) <——- unrelated to current topic, if you have children or pets and you are concerned about them by the pool, I highly recommend you look up and watch the videos about Merlin Mesh covers.
Back to the topic….
The heater can be set to a specific temperature and left on ( yes, just like the heat in your house).
If you know you are going to have a really hot streak of weather and won’t need it, you simply hit the off button.
kristi: desi, you are very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to explain all this. I really appreciate it. I will definitely look up the cover. I have 3 kids, under 11 and 1 dog.
desi: kristi, you are very welcome. I know how overwhelming it all could be. Feel free to reach out or message me if you have any other questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.
kristi: it is very overwhelming. We originally was going with a concrete pool but now we are going with vinyl, much larger and nicer for less money. 🙂 So many decisions.
desi: Kristine Henson ours is vinyl and we love it.
Congrats in advance on your new pool! You will love it!
Also, here is a video about Merlin Pool Covers.
It gives a good example of how strong they are and safe.
Bruce: Putting in a pool as we speak. I live in central/south Florida. It’s 80 today. I’m not puttinv one in.
kristi: I’m so excited! Mine is about 10 weeks from being finished. Lol. It’s 74 in Ga but tomorrow it’s 54.
luke: do a heat pump. I install them for about $4200.
bruce: only $4200?
kristi: We were quoted $4500
luke: What I sell them for. Aquacal T135.