Question: Distance of heater to spa
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- Last Post 31 January 2019
A lot would depend upon the climate when and where the spa will be used; but, it would be beneficial to have the heater closer to the spa. In the case of year-round spas, in cold climates, there can be significant heat loss in 60 feet of pipe run. This does mean more energy is needed to heat the spa, but how much would depend upon the climate at the site.
There can also be a delayed reaction with respect to time and temperature rise, ultimately impacting the water temp in the spa. In other words, the temp in the spa may or may not be the same as the temp displayed on the heater. Of course, if the spa remains covered, these variables will only be noticeable when the spa is being used.
Wrapping or insulating the plumbing can help mitigate the aforementioned potentials. This is routinely done in cases such as this, again depending upon the climate. Hope this helps.
Thank you for your insight! I'm in central California and the winter climate is pretty mild overall and the ground certainly never freezes... perhaps this will be a bit more forgiving with pipe run length? We do intend on installing an automatic pool cover that will also cover the spa. I will ask the builder we ultimately choose about insulating the pipe and/or moving the equipment closer as a last resort. Really hope to avoid doing so unless that is going to be the only reasonable decision.