5 Tips to Saving Money With a Swimming Pool

by Pool Builders on 03-15-2011 in Articles

Although most people understand the costs with building a swimming pool most don't consider the costs of maintaining one. Lots of consumers don't realize that the pool pump consumes nearly as much energy as the air conditioner. Not to mention the costs of chemicals, heating, lighting and cleaning. Here are a few tips to cutting back costs and putting a little extra dough in your pocket.

1. If you got a big tax return invest it in a variable speed pool pump. This is by far one of the best investments you can make to save money. Most consumers save an average of $50 or more a month. By running the pump at lower speeds for longer you burn far less electricity saving you from expensive bills.

2. Make sure to keep your pool filter clean. If water is flowing freely your pool pump doesn't have to work as hard. Be sure to mark the starting pressure on your filter after you clean it. When the pressure rises by ten pounds its time to take it apart and clean it.

3. Use solar blankets to get some free heat from the sun. Heating a pool with your heater can cost a small fortune. By using solar blankets your pool will pick up on some of the heat from the sun and you could find yourself swimming a month early this year.

4. Most manufacturers are now offering LED lighting for your swimming pool. If your light fixture is a few years old and needs to be replaced you should spend a little extra and get LED lighting. There are no bulbs to replace and they cost much less to operate.

5. Maintaining proper water chemistry. Seems easy enough right? Well what I mean is stay diligent. Playing catch up once a month is not the most efficient way of keeping your chemistry right. By checking your chemistry weekly you will probably avoid the nasty costs of algaecides and shock treatments. Keep an eye on the chlorine, pH, alkalinity and cyanuric acid levels. This will not only cut back on additional chemicals but also damage to the plaster.

One other thing most people don't consider is hiring a pool maintenance professional to take care of the swimming pool. A pool service company will provide all of the chemicals, clean the pool and know how long the pool pump needs to run. A professional in your backyard once a week could save you a lot of time and may only cost a few more dollars than what the average cost of chemicals is per month.

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