How To Address Indoor Swimming Pool Humidity Issues

by Pool Builders on 01-26-2011 in Articles

With an indoor swimming pool you have the luxury of year-round access to a place for exercise, fun and entertaining. Along with your pool, though can come humidity and condensation issues that if not properly addressed can lead to mold and mildew problems. Condensation and humidity will form if the pool space is not properly ventured and/or if you don't use a high-efficiency swimming pool dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will keep your indoor pool area free of fog, mold and mildew.

Heat loss leads to humidity build up. Most of the heat loss from your swimming pool is caused by surface evaporation. When you're not using the pool, you should get in the habit of covering it and adjusting the heat of the room and the swimming pool. A pool cover not only prevents evaporation, it can help you reduce your energy consumption by up to 50%. If you combine a pool cover with an energy-efficient pool dehumidifier you can experience even greater savings.

Here are some more energy efficient ways to lower your electricity bills through the use of your dehumidifier:

*Use a high quality swimming pool dehumidifier. Low performance appliance grade dehumidifiers are not designed to work with pools - they will be overworked and use more electricity than a pool dehumidifier will.

* If you set your Relative Humidity level on the pool dehumidifier too low, the unit will work harder than it should. For optimal performance, choose a dehumidifier that features humidity control adjustment options. It may take experimentation to find the correct setting for your pool area and it also may need to be adjusted depending on whether the pool is being used or is unoccupied.

* Keep your air moisture-free by the use of air movement through the dehumidifier - the more air flow the unit has, the less moisture in the air. The more air that passes through the unit, the less moisture in the air.

* You don't need the biggest dehumidifier on the market because you'll be paying more to run the unit than you actually need to keep the area fog-free.

Steps to energy efficient use of your dehumidifier:

* Monitor the pool temperature carefully as each degree increase can add up to 10% onto your electricity bill. Lower the indoor pool area when the pool is unoccupied.

* Ask your pool contractor size you should use for your circulation pump. Using an over-sized pump, again, will cost you more than you need to and will not add to the efficiency of the circulation.

* Look for a dehumidifier that has heat transfer technology - this lets the dehumidifier process and recover latent heat from the condensed moisture and use it to heat the pool water.

Keep in mind that your electricity bill will increase when you install your pool. Don't throw good money away by using equipment that isn't efficient for the job you need it to perform.

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