Lessons You Need To Learn If You Have A Pool
If you have a pool, or are thinking about getting one, you know that maintaining it properly is really important. You don’t want to invest in a pool without knowing what to expect and how to care for your pool correctly. Pools that are well looked after live a lot longer – meaning that you get more good times out of your swimming pool.
These are the key lessons you need to learn if you’re a pool owner, or are thinking about getting one.
- It’s important to keep the water clean
If you’re going to keep your pool nice all year round, you need to make sure you clean it properly. This is especially true for the warmer months when you may have a lot of people swimming in it. You need to invest in a good net skimmer, pool brush and pool vacuum that will help you keep the water free from stray dirt that may have ended up in your pool.
You will also need to take good care of the water by monitoring the chemical balance. This is an essential part of having a pool and ensures that people can swim safely. A good water testing kit will help you out here and will be able to tell you the pH levels of the water. You want the water to be around 7.5 so that it’s not to acidic for swimming in, but also keeps the water clean.
- You need to use a pool pump
Make keeping the water clean easier for yourself by using a pool pump to keep the water circulating. You never want water to be left stagnant for too long, as this allows bacteria to build up. A pool pump helps to keep the water clean and should run as much as possible. The more you can circulate water around your pool and filter it, the better.
However, using a pump 24/7 can be pricey, so a couple hours a day usually works – as long as it’s going on daily, it will keep your pool clean. It’s worth bearing in mind that the cost to heat your pool with an AquaComfort pool heater is 80% less than a propane heater and 70% less than a natural gas heater.
- You need to look after it in colder months
If you live in an area that gets cold, it’s crucial that you cover your pool in winter. If you have a pool heater, you can keep your pool running a lot longer in the colder months and get a lot more out of your pool. A swimming pool heat pump will ensure you don’t freeze when you hop in the water.
As a general rule, try to keep temperature above 78 degrees if you’re thinking of taking a dip. Any temperature below this isn’t healthy to swim in, in colder weather. Most people think that a heat pump it expensive, but actually there are cheaper alternatives on the market. By adding a small AquaComfort heat pump to an existing gas heater, you can reduce your pool heating cost by 50% and your carbon footprint by more than 60%.
Read our blog post on How To Prepare Your Pool For Fall for more tips on how to deal with colder weather.