Swimming Pools in a Variety of Climates  

by Pool Builders on 03-30-2011 in Articles

Those living in warmer climates can enjoy a longer pool season. If you live in a colder or wetter climate, consider an enclosure or heater so that you can use it for a longer period of your time every year. Your local weather will make these features virtual necessities in case you intent to use it before monthly or two every year.

If you have the cost because it, consider an internal pool, especially if your home is region where this would greatly impact your ability to use it year-round. A heated indoor pool is the way to guarantee its usability every day of your year, though it would be the most costly option.

The local climate also affects the design itself. Concrete ones, for instance, are said to function better in areas with extremely high summer temperatures or expansive soil, but may crack if the winters are very cold. If your area experiences freezing temperatures, a concrete one would need to be reinforced with steel, that may add overall cost of construction. Fiberglass is versatile, making it a good choice for earthquake-prone regions. Vinyl-liners are often chosen for regions the country that get cold during the winter months.

Pools can be expensive not only to build, but also to maintain. Building in energy-saving features can save you time and money. These include putting your pumps and lighting on timers, and covering it which includes an enclosure or a cover when no in use. Consider whether you want to keep it full and warm for the winter, or save heating costs by emptying it in the winter. There are year-round energy costs associated with operating a pool, even the purchase of its chemicals and increases in your water and electricity bills.

Depending on the Department of Energy, water evaporation accounts for 70% of total energy lost in both indoor and outdoor pools. A normal pool loses 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water every week, that may mean 600 gallons of water or more. Together with the water go your heat along with the chemicals.

Covering it when not in use would be the single step you can choose to use reduce energy costs. It also reduces maintenance requirements, since chemicals are not evaporated and dust and debris cannot fall into the swimming pool. A coloured cover will help much more by heating your pool through collecting solar energy.

To cut back energy costs, you may also refuse the heater when the it is not in use. Recommended temperatures are 82 to 84 degrees for recreational swimming or 78 to 80 degrees for active swimming. Turning the temperature down only one degree can result in substantial energy savings.

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