Ideas for year-round pool maintenance
Having a pool at home is very positive when summer comes, for the little ones at home this means hours and hours of fun in the water, for adults it means being able to relax during this sunny season.
But what if we want to extend the use of our pool? Thus maximizing the possibilities in it throughout the year and leaving aside its exclusive use for two or three months only.
That’s why we bring you all the necessary ideas to preserve the good condition, the temperature and also enhance the use of the pool during the rest of the year.
How to enjoy the pool all year round?
To enjoy your pool all year round you just need to know all the measures to take to keep the water at a pleasant temperature, improve its quality and protect the pool from changing climates.
If you know all these techniques to keep your pool in optimal conditions during most of the year, you will have as a result the possibility to enjoy your pool for much longer.
That’s why we present you 7 ideas with which you will preserve your pool to the maximum, helping you to multiply the hours of fun and relaxation in it.
1. It has a salt chlorinator.
Many people do not know this innovative product, but there is a system that is responsible for treating the water in our pool and disinfect it completely, all this with a product that replaces the chemical chlorine by salt chlorine.
This natural chlorine helps to prevent us from coming in contact with chemicals that are not meant for continuous exposure to humans, and makes our water more natural, safer and healthier.
2. Use a summer cover for hot weather.
94% of the temperature loss of the pool water is generated on the surface, for that reason one of the main measures to take is to cover the pool with covers that adapt to the season.
The summer covers are designed specifically for these summer dates, its main feature is the material with which they are made.
This material helps to prevent the cooling of the pools at night, keeping the heat thanks to the polyethylene with which they are manufactured, they also have two different sides to insulate the temperature in a more optimal way.
The external side of summer roofs usually has an anti-UV treatment, on the other hand, the internal side is composed of small air bubbles, which makes it an excellent thermo-insulating material.
3. Rigid covers for warm and safe pools
If you want to swim and have fun in your pool until winter comes, then an ordinary pool cover won’t be enough. That is why rigid covers to heat your pool are the best option in these cases.
These roofs are made of metal profiles, which are usually made of aluminium composite, between polycarbonate panels.
In the market there are different types and models, you just have to look for one that fits your pool and provides the expected benefits. You can get fixed or retractable covers, depending on your preferences.
Rigid covers, in addition to keeping the water warm, also help to keep it clean in the winter. They are also widely used to avoid unwanted accidents with children or pets during the winter season.
It is always best to choose covers that are environmentally friendly and do not pose a chemical hazard to the pool and its users.
4. Solar heaters to modify the temperature of the pool in an ecological way.
Avoiding pool cooling is not the only way to achieve a desired temperature all year round. In addition to the cover options, there is also the possibility of heating the pool.
A suitable water temperature is between 17°C and 29°C, temperatures that can be very difficult to obtain in some parts of the world and more difficult to obtain during all seasons of the year.
That is why, one of the infallible solutions for many people are solar heaters, systems that manage to raise the temperature from 3 ° C to 6 ° C in an eco-friendly way, since all the energy they use is solar.
The size and volume of your pool should be considered before deciding to purchase one of these heating systems, their only disadvantage is that you are dependent on weather conditions for power.
5. Electric pool heater, a solution for small pools
These heaters are the most suitable for small and low volume pools. They are based on using electrical energy to heat the water flowing through the filter, thus ensuring a clean and warm pool.
They have the advantage of being easy to install and the capacity to adapt to any filtering system, all without producing any noise and preserving the quality of the water without altering the external environment of the pool.
These systems are usually not expensive per se, but their disadvantage is the constant electricity consumption to heat the pool. The hotter, the more energy consuming and more costly in the long run.
6. Heat pumps, the right thing for large pools
These pumps are designed to work in large pools, extending their capacity up to 200 m².
Its function is to use the thermal energy of the outside air and heat the gas in the cylinders to subsequently heat the water.
They are highly efficient and their energy consumption is lower than other electric pool heating methods. In addition, they are very quiet and fast, thus ensuring a high quality system, comfort and great benefits.
The disadvantage of this system is that it relies on the ambient temperature to heat the pool, requiring the temperature to be at least 5°C higher than the water temperature, making the system only work for a few months of the year.
7. Use heat exchangers
A simple and fast method is the heat exchangers, these systems use a boiler of the house that can be electric, gas or fuel.
They are very easy to install, but require a boiler with sufficient power to supply the heating and heat the pool, especially if it will be used in the winter season.
To decide on a heat exchanger, you must take into account the size and volume of your pool. The more water, the more power you need to heat it.
The filtering system of the pool must be taken into account, the exchangers are specifically designed for certain systems, some are for saline chlorination and withstand salt exposure without any problem.
Which method should I choose?
All of these methods were presented so you can choose the one that best suits your pool, your budget and your plans. That is why we have presented the benefits and disadvantages of each method.
In this way we hope you can make the best decision that will ensure you many extra hours of fun and relaxation in the pool all year round.
It is important that you take into account all safety measures when installing a heating system or installing a cover over the pool.
You should also evaluate the volume of your pool before making any purchase, making sure that what you are buying completely covers everything you need for the pool in size and capacity.
Additional tips for swimming pools
An extra method that is not directly aimed at the pool, but rather at swimming pools, are the solar rings. These rings are huge black circles designed to cover as much space as possible in the pool.
The investment is usually minimal for these non-direct systems and you can do it yourself if you have some knowledge with construction tools. In addition, the materials are easy to obtain, using plastics or black fabrics.
All of this material should cover a large circumference of the pool, although it is not a very powerful system, it will help to raise the pool temperature by at least 3°C and will improve temperature conservation during the winter.
Why is it important to know all the available methods before making a decision?
Each pool has its own shape, capacity, filtering system and even has different cleaning methods. In addition, we must take into account the region where we live, the seasons of the year and the common temperatures.
It is important to know all the methods available to heat, clean and cover our pool in order to decide on the option that will give us the best long term results.
Thus ensuring that our pool is cared for with the right quality and the right method. In this way, in addition to maintaining a pleasant temperature all year round, we will also be helping to conserve our pool.