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Any experience or thoughts on solar pool pumps? Any installers in San Diego?
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Submitted by bibsoconner on April 22, 2014 - 2:40pm
Anyone here have any experience with DC solar pumps to circulate the pool water? Note, that I'm not talking about heating the pool (although feel free to chime in on that :) ), but rather circulating the pool water (filtering) which needs to be done regardless of whether you are heating the pool or not.
but not many. Perhaps that's a tip-off in itself. It could be that the technology is not ready for prime time.
Currently, I filter the pool for 2 hours a day. When I start heating and/or using the pool more, that amount will have to go up.
When I first moved into my new house, I tried to be the "best dad in the whole world", by heating the pool. I kid you not, the bill for just 1 week was $200.00 (gas & electric). The great majority of that was the pool and can be further broken down into
#1 can be easily taken care of by not striving to be "best dad in the whole world" and telling the kids to jump in the unheated pool. (Actually, it works best just to toss them in).
My ultimate dream would be to have solar heating and solar circulating/filtering and be off-grid, but that may not be cost effective. And the DC pumps may not be ready for prime time.*
*Something can be a great idea but not be ready for prime time. ABS breaks are a great idea, but I don't necessarily want the first car year model to have them. Some say that early front load washers and tankless water heaters were problematic.
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