Picture yourself jumping into your pool on a hot, summer day only to jump right back out because the pool is way too cold for you to enjoy. Unfortunately, the sun doesn’t always do the best job of keeping your pool warm. Especially on hot days, your pool should be at a temperature where you feel refreshed but not overwhelmed by cool temperatures. Here are three ways to keep your pool warm this summer:
The ‘Black Hose’ Method:
This is the most do-it-yourself method out of the three options. This method calls for you to use a long black hose and attach it to your house’s water system. Leave it out in the sun for a lengthy amount of time to allow the sun to heat the hose. It is important to place the hose under direct sunlight, as this will deliver the best results. The sun’s heat will warm the hose, and the water that is dispensed through the hose will be shockingly warm. This method helps you keep proper water levels and temperatures, without spending money on external heaters or blankets.
Solar blankets are incredibly helpful in maintaining comfortable water temperatures in your pool. The biggest reason your pool begins to chill is that nothing is stopping the evaporation process. As the water from your pool begins to evaporate, the temperature of water drops significantly. Using a solar blanket stops a high percentage of water from evaporating from your pool and traps the sun’s heat, naturally warming your pool. For best results, take the cover off during the day and put it on during the night. Just like a lid on a boiling pot of water, a solar blanket will help trap the heat, keeping your pool warm during the day.
This method is the most expensive of the three, yet it is also the most effective method. A pool heating system comes in different variations, there are solar pool heaters, and there are gas-powered pool heaters. The solar-powered heater uses energy from the sun to heat the water and circulates it throughout the pool. A gas-powered heater is the most expensive type of pool heater; however, it delivers the best results. Gas-powered heaters use combustible energy to supply heat faster and more efficiently than a solar-powered heater. A solar-powered heater requires room to install solar collectors, filters, and a pump; however, it costs a fraction of what a gas-powered heater costs. If you have the money to purchase a gas-powered heater, the return might be worth it in the long run.
If you are finding that your pool has become too cold for you to use regularly, it would be recommended to try any of these methods. Contact your local pool & spa company for further advice on controlling the temperature of your pool.