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Pool Owners of the North….I have a crazy idea to warm up my pool.
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April 20, 2015 – 7:05 pm
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I live in the Philadelphia area and have an above ground pool.  Typically I open it mid to late May before Memorial Day but the water is always freezing until mid to late June.  Last year I drained my hot tub into my pool to try to get the water warmer.  That jumped it up a few degrees.  I have a new idea, let me know what you think.

When I uncover the pool the water is usually 50 something degrees.  My theory is this is because of the pool cover that does not allow the sun to warm the water.  Then after a few weeks with the solar cover on it gets into the 70’s where it is swimable.  I am thinking about taking the cover off sometime in mid to late April so the solar cover has time to heat the water and we can swim sooner. 

What do you think?

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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April 20, 2015 – 7:14 pm
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Lone Lock, you can take the cover off the pool earlier and the solar cover will help with the temperature.  With the cover off, the sun will create algi and you will have to use chemicals and clean it sooner.

JoeCamper, EwwwBugs, 4 kids, 2dogs and whatever else fits in my truck.
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April 20, 2015 – 7:17 pm
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Yes, I totally expect to have the filter running and chemicals going.  I just don’t want to freeze my camper off on Memorial Day.

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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April 20, 2015 – 10:53 pm
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Friends heat their in ground pool. It is fueled by propane and they say is very efficient .

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April 22, 2015 – 2:57 pm
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I don’t have a propane,heater. It isn’t worth it,for my above ground pool. If I had an in ground pool I would think about it. 

When you say efficient. DO you mean it does a good job or,it,doesn’t,cost,much?  Most everyone I talk to says it,costs a fortune to run a propane pool heater

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27′ travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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April 22, 2015 – 6:54 pm
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Cant answer that one.  Didn’t ask for details when they said it.

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April 22, 2015 – 11:39 pm
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Solar panels on the roof (water moving through black polymer channels absorbing heat) run by an electric pump. That’s how most are done in CA. Either that or natural gas fired heater. I suspect most US locales dont see enough sun to warrant it.

Solar covers are fine, but keep your water balanced (alkalinity, calcium levels, total dissolved solids, phosphates, cyanuric acid, sanitizer, and ph) or you will usually see the dreaded green monster. You’ll need to run your filter quite a bit more also, and backwash/clean cartridges more often.

Somewhere, somehow, you’re going to pay to heat your water. As I tell every single one of my customers, a pool is a luxury item, otherwise known as a money pit

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April 22, 2015 – 11:43 pm
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By the way, I am in the north, Northern California 🙂

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April 22, 2015 – 11:59 pm
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Hmm, coal country…

Get a wood/coal fired stove, run a bunch of copper tubing from the pool to it and wind it in as many coils as you can in the burn chamber. Send it back out, add a small electric pump inline and send it back to the pool. Just be careful, that returning water will be near boiling. More if you stop the pump, lol.

I’ve actually seen this built, thirty years ago in my buddy’s backyard aboveground pool. Works very well!

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