Review - Buying a Good Pool Thermometer

by Pool Builders on 04-12-2010 in Articles

If you have a backyard swimming pool at your home, you know how much fun it can be for the entire family. If you want to use the pool throughout the year, it is important that you keep it set at a comfortable temperature no matter what the season. Today's efficient pool heaters really help to keep your pool at a comfortable temperature outside of the summer months, but you need to really keep track of the temperature you are getting from your heating system.

If you want to keep track of your pool water's temperature, you really need to purchase an accurate thermometer made specifically for pool use. If you are using your pool year-round you'll want to check the temperature of the pool before you just dive in to avoid getting a cold shock or a surprise. During the summer months it is usually preferable to keep the pool water cooler than in other months. However, you can extend your pool usage into spring and fall and, depending upon where you live, even in the winter months as long as you keep the water warm enough to be enjoyable.

There are a lot of thermometers available through pool stars and even large general stores for you to choose from, ranging between very high-tech options all the way to cute novelty versions. But when it comes right down to it there are just two types of thermometers - analog and digital.

Analong thermometers are made available in two distinctly different types. You can choose from the "hanging" style or the "floating" style. Hanging pool thermometers are generally preferred over floating thermometers due to their increased accuracy and overall reliability.

When the thermometer hands into the water you can take temperatures inches or feet below the surface of the water, giving a more accurate reading than just taking the surface readings. Kids like floating thermometers, which is why they generally are sold as novelty items and are made to look like animals, toys or anything else that would appeal to a child.

If you are looking for the most accurate reading, however, you'll want to look into getting a digital pool thermometer. Digital thermometers are made of much more durable materials in order to protect them from pool chemicals and sunlight. Despite this added protection and accuracy, digital thermometers don't last as long as the traditional analog thermometers do. Some of the digital thermometers have bonus features like timers or clocks, which can be very handy in the pool.

You can use pool thermometers in order to ensure that your pool water is at the right temperature for your comfort and enjoyment. Thermometers are a must-have accessory for the pool owner, especially if you use a heater. It is the best way to keep track of how well your heating system is working. You can choose from a large variety of types, so finding a pool thermometer that suits you needs is very easy. Having the right pool equipment and accessories on hand can make your swimming experience as enjoyable as possible.

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