Cold Weather Pool Options

by Pool Builders on 11-06-2011 in Articles

Just because the weather is starting to cool down doesn't mean that all poolside fun must come to an end. There are some options to continue enjoying your pool, especially if you're lucky enough to reside in an area where the climate is mild year round. With a few tweaks here and there, you can transform your pool into a year round haven that will always be warm enough to swim in.

Here are a couple of ideas to help you make your pool enjoyable even when the weather cools off:

Install a pool heater: By installing a pool heater, you can continue to enjoy your swimming pool even when summer is over. There are a variety of pool heaters to choose from all of which have different capabilities. In order to choose the right pool heater, here are some factors that you should consider:

  • Your ideal water temperature. Solar heaters can achieve temperatures in the low to mid 80's, electric heaters can achieve temperatures between 80 to 90 degrees, and gas heaters can maintain any desired temperature.
  • Size of pool. For a larger pool, you will require a heater with a higher energy rating and vice versa.
  • Budget. Solar heaters and electric heaters are both fairly inexpensive to install and maintain, while gas heaters are the most expensive as well as the hardest to maintain.

Install a spa or hot tub: Not only is this a good way to make your pool usable in the colder months, it is also a good way to add even more aesthetic appeal to your pool. With a spa or a hot tub, you can transform your pool area into a resort style getaway after the stress of a long day. By installing a spa or a hot tub, you can also reap the health benefits that come with it; they have been shown to promote circulation as well as relieve stress and keep your muscles relaxed.

Keep in mind that you will need a pool heater in order to enjoy your spa or hot tub; however, you can save on your cost of operation by heating up just your spa or hot tub instead of heating up the entire pool.

Although summertime may be over, you can still have some poolside fun. A pool service or design professional can help you make the right decision by recommending which cold weather pool option will best suit your needs.

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