If stats like these get you a little panicky about the cost of basic swimming pool maintenance, read on!
Here are some products and tips to cut your swimming pool costs so you can focus on enjoying your pool instead of worrying about how you’re going to afford it.
SOLAR POOL HEATERS
While not for everyone in Oregon and Washington, solar pool heaters are for those who have a sunny southern exposure for 6 hours a day. Each 100 sq. ft. of solar panels can add 10 degrees to the pool, without burning fossil fuels or costing anything beyond installation.You can add as many of these daisy-chained, modular units as you need. A small solar system can cut your pool heating costs by 50 percent, and in a very sunny area, a larger solar pool heater can replace your gas or electric pool heaters.
Solar blankets help collect the sun’s energy to heat your pool are best used to stop heat loss after sundown. Additionally they save water, too: Nighttime temps can speed up evaporation—this is reduced by more than 90 percent by using a solar blanket.
VARIABLE SPEED PUMPS
Variable Speed Pumps allow you to not run the pool pump at full speed all the time. This is because running a pool pump at half speed can use 1/8th as much energy! Now, that will show up on your PGE bill! And many variable speed pumps qualify for a green energy tax rebate—an even wiser investment!
POOL HEAT PUMPS
Heat pumps work like a reverse air conditioner, capturing heat from outside air and transfer it to your pool water. Mind you, they only work if the air temperature is more than 50 degrees—which (fingers crossed) is pretty good news from Pacific Northwest pool owners for much of the year.
Now for the savings: a pool heat pump can reduce pool heating costs by up to 50 percent compared to gas pool heaters, and generally require fewer repairs. While it’s a more expensive up front investment,it can pay for itself in just a few seasons.
POOL CHEMISTRY TEST KIT
This is a common-sense tip. As with any big-ticket item you have (house, car, your own body, etc.), taking great care of your pool can save you money in the long run. Be sure to have a pool testing kit on hand to make sure your chemicals are in balance. The one we recommend for customers is the Taylor K-2005.
You’ll not only take better care of your pool, but spending a few dollars on a good test kit can mean saving many dollars on pool chemicals.
By managing your pool well and staying on top of maintenance, you’ll save money on swimming pool costs in the short and long run.
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