Interested in keeping your pool open year-round? Here are the pros and cons.
- Enjoy more fitness and fun. You and your family can workout, entertain and relax outside all year long.
- Brighten up your view: Especially in a snowy landscape, a pool filled with water is a lot more beautiful to look at than a pool cover.
- Simplify your spring clean-up: Keeping the Oregon or Washington pool open year-round means you don’t have to deal with cleaning up the algae and other debris that will build up in a pool that’s closed until June.
- Perilous power outages: When snow or ice causes the electricity to go out—not an unusual occurrence in our neck of the woods— the water in the plumbing and filter system will freeze, and can damage the pool plumbing and equipment. If this happens, ideally you want to winterize your pool right away, and—at the very least—drain any water out of the pump and filter.
- Your PGE bill: Figure on adding a few hundred dollars to your annual bill to keep the pool open all winter. Check out this blog on pool heater options.
- No More Salt: Salt chlorine generators don’t work in water that dips below 60 degrees. Algae may not grow in the colder months, but if you want to keep your pool sanitized over the winter, you’ll probably need to find an alternative to salt.
We love keeping the Pacific Northwest demo pool open all year round. If you decide not to keep your pool open, check out these winter pool safety tips on the blog. As always, give us a call with your questions or to talk through these pros and cons.
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