With the holidays around the corner you are probably already in shopping mode. We usually leave big-ticket items for our loved ones and ourselves for this time of year. Think of how much you enjoy your swimming pool; wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use it in the winter, to run the pool pump more often without increasing your electricity bill, to keep it clean in between pool service visits? No matter your budget, there is a gift for that.
Prices for electric pool heaters, actually called heat pumps, vary greatly depending on the BTU output they have. The higher the BTU number the higher the heating capacity. The right size of heater for your pool is going to depend on the size of your pool and whether it has a Jacuzzi or not.
To give you an idea an 117000 BTU Pool Heat Pump starts at $3450.
Energy Efficient Pump
Standard pool pumps run at one speed, wasting energy during some operations because they run faster and longer than necessary. ENERGY STAR pool pumps match a pool’s needs, running at the minimum speed and time needed to effectively clean the pool. New energy-efficient pumps are also designed to circulate the water more efficiently to keep it clean.
When you replace your older single-speed pool pump with a variable-speed pump, you’ll lower your associated costs by up to 90%, which can translate to hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. In fact, energy-efficient variable-speed pumps reduce power consumption and pay for themselves in as little as a single season. They also run cooler and quieter than standard pool pumps.
To give you and idea a Jandy VSFLOPRO 1.65 HP + iQPump01 (3 year manufacturer warranty) runs for $1150.
Automatic Pool Cleaner
There are hundreds of options out there for automatic pool cleaners (some people call them Kreepy Krauly, but that is only one brand). We prefer and always recommend Zodiac MX models. According to their website, “The Zodiac MX8 Elite is the first suction pool cleaner with Cyclonic Scrubbing Brushes that continually spin, scrub, and stay in constant contact with pool surfaces to agitate and remove stuck-on debris. The MX8 Elite features aggressive wall climbing to scrub at the tile line and maX-Drive Navigation for better pool coverage”. We put them to the test and they do climb the walls. Here is a video of the smaller model the MX6.
Right now, Zodiac as a $100 rebate on the MX8 Elite model. We can buy it and install it for you for $550.
We can do a personalized recommendation for pool equipment based on your needs and your budget. Now is the perfect time to do upgrades because brands such as Pentair, Hayward and Jandy offer rebates. Click on their names to see them, but hurry most offers expire December 31, 2018.
Happy Holiday Shopping!