We all love our pools, yet only a few of us live in a place where we can enjoy our pool year-round. But did you know the pool season can be extended by several weeks or even months? Yes, you can enjoy a swim at the perfect temperature in the cooler months by installing a gas heater or a heat pump, adding a pool cover, and by inspecting and fixing any leaks in your pool. Read below for some key tips on how to extend the pool season.
Install a Gas Heater
A gas heater uses natural gas or propane to heat the water that goes back into the pool. They are the most powerful way to quickly and effectively heat your pool water and extend the pool season. According to energy.gov, using either propane or natural gas, pool heaters can increase water temperatures by 30 degrees Fahrenheit or more. They can function in any weather and at any temperature allowing you to enjoy your pool for longer.
Install a Heat Pump
A heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to move heat from the outside air into the water. Since they use heat that is already available and just move it from one place to another, they use less electricity making it energy efficient. Heat pumps work efficiently as long as the outside temperature remains above the 45ºF–50ºF range. The cooler the outside air they draw in, the less efficient they are. However, in mild climates, heat pumps can be run efficiently most of the year, if not year-round.
Invest in a solar pool cover
When using a pool heater, it’s also important to supplement the heating with a solar pool cover. This pool cover absorbs heat from the sunlight and is able to heat your pool up to eight degrees. It also helps to minimize the amount of dirt and debris that get in your pool, which saves time on cleaning and maintenance. Installation is very simple and once the cover is measured and cut to the shape of your pool it is ready for use.
Locate and fix any leaks
Damage to your pool that causes leaks is a fast way to lose water. Constantly having to refill your water level will cool it down. The more direct hose water going into your pool, the faster your pool will lose its heat. Having an expert come and fix any leaks or damage can help keep you and your family splashing as long as possible.