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I have a pool that unfortunately, is in the shade for the majority of the day, so it doesn’t get that warm. I am looking at a pool heater, a solar cover or solar panels, but am unsure which one would be worth the investment. What are the pros and cons of these different heating options? I’d rather find out what I’m getting into before I go and make the investment!
a solar cover won’t do you much good if your not getting a fare amount of sun….i had a hot tub and 27 by 4 foot deep swimming pool….used the hot tub heater….worked out well….cost about $50.00 per month but that was a while ago….should be about $100.00 per month now….it was worth it.
Since oil prices are out of control,I’m considering a pellet stove for my two story home.Any pros and cons would be helpfull.I reside in northeast………..
Check the availability of pellets in your area and cost per bag or per pallet before considering a pellet stove. I had my pellet stove installed last year . There was a pellet shortage in northern california, because pellets were distributed mainly to the east. I only had 10 bags of pellets at the beginning of the winter season. I would buy pellets when I saw them (rare) and was on a waiting list to buy pellets when they arrived, usually 2 weeks. When I didn’t have pellets, I would use horse bedding for fuel called Equine Fresh (wood pellets, just less compressed and more ash content, burns faster).
I emailed Lignetics, a reputable pellet manufacturer, in regard to this years pellet availablity. They said with the housing market the way it is, there is less home building and thus less material (sawdust) available to make pellets. They said that there will be a shortage nationwide. Last weekend was the first time I saw pellets available at our local Tractor Supply Company. I spoke with the manager about their supply and she said that there is a shortage and they received an email from corporate stating to raise the price of pellets from $4.95 per bag to $8.00 per bag within a couple of weeks. I ended up buying 2 pallets worth (100 bags) for $500 this past week.
We live in northern california where most houses are heated by natural gas. Natural gas prices are also escalating. We use our pellet stove as our only household heating source. Some use it as an adjunct to their current system. The temperature during the winter is mild. We have yet to use the stove because the temps have been in the upper 70’s to low 80’s during the day. When it’s colder, the stove turns on and heats to 66 degrees before we wake up in the morning, off before we leave, on before we arrive home, off before we go to bed. With our climate and heating habits, our usage isn’t really that much. 50 bags of pellets would suffice for our winter heating needs. About a bag per 2 days. From what I read about the north east, you’re going to need about 6-8 pallets and a place to store them.
We own a Quadra Fire Mt Vernon mahogony porcelain with bread warmers. It burns pellets or corn. We love it! It is an aesthetically beautiful stove and can crank out heat. We enjoy having the ambience of a fire without worry of tending to it.
Some questions you might want to ask yourself:
Are pellets available? If so for how much?
Is this price going to to be cheaper than oil?
Are you prepared for the start up costs?
Would the stove be centrally located?
Is there a plug nearby?
Can it be exhausted out correctly?
Does the stove put out enough BTU’s?
We purchased our stove last year at the end of July. There was a big sale because it was summer and it was scratch and dent model. They held it, and installed it late october. we wanted it installed earlier in the month, but when the seasons changed, more people were buying stoves and there were few installers.
It might be too late to take advantage of the pellet stove this year. If you do intend to buy one, get it during the summer and stock up on pellets when you find them. Go to a reputable pellet stove dealer where parts and service are available, NOT Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Fire, fuel cheaper(?), fuel available(?), when pellets are bought your heating cost is locked no monthly fluctuations,
pellet storage, heats immediate room well adjacent rooms slowly,
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Looking for cheaper way to control iron in above ground pool. Help please?
I have a new above ground pool. The numbers are great testing the water but it turns green. It was filled with well water known to have a high iron content. My dad has me putting Iron Out in the water but that stuff is very expensive. The metal conditioner I found among the pool chemicals in the store did nothing to help. I am a single mom with two kids trying to keep em happy. If u know a cheaper way I would be eternally greatful.
A decent pool supply store should be able to test for the metal’s in your water. Did it turn green soon after you shocked it or was it cloudy and then turned green after a few days? Turning green makes me think it’s copper, not iron. We used a liquid called The Blue Stuff in our pool when it was filled from our well that tested a low level of copper. It left residue that took days and several filter cleanings to clear up a bit. I picked up a Slime Bag Filler Up bag and hooked it on the hose when I filled it and didn’t have the metals problem the next season. I bought several of the Polishing Slime Bags and use them on the outlet from the pump into the pool to keep it clean when not being swam in.
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