Save Money on Your Pool
As the temperatures go up, your swimming pool is going to become a whole lot more popular with friends and family alike. But with that increase in use comes additional spending to properly maintain your pool so everyone can use it whenever they wish. We’re all looking to spend less and enjoy more, especially when it comes to playing in the backyard pool.
Consider these money-saving hints that will help make owning a pool a lot easier on your wallet.
Routine Equipment Maintenance
An annual checkup of your pool’s equipment is always a great idea. But that’s just the beginning. If you properly maintain and store your equipment, you can extend the lifespan of every component that you rely upon for keeping your pool running at peak performance.
Clean those skimmers, check those filters regularly, and skim away leaves and other debris floating on the surface of the water before they sink to the floor of the pool or get sucked into the filtration system.
Be aware of the impacts that heat and sun can have on your equipment and make sure they’re all stored in a cool, dry place.
Alternatives to Chlorine
There are many out there from which to choose and they can all be extremely useful in reducing your use of harsh chemicals to clean and sanitize the water in your pool. Salt has become increasingly more popular as a chlorine alternative but other options include ozone, bromine, and ultraviolet. They can help you spend a lot less on pool maintenance costs.
Strategize Your Pump Use
Many pool owners will run their pump all day to circulate the water through the filtration system. But that can get expensive as energy companies charge customers higher rates during established peak hour periods. Avoid the higher costs and run your pool pump after 7pm. Not only will it help conserve energy and reduce the risk of rolling blackouts in the dead of summer, you’ll spend less to operate your pool in the months when you’ll be using it the most.
You need water to enjoy your pool. But did you know that a typical in-ground swimming pool can lose an average of 15,000 gallons of water annually? This can happen for a variety of reasons including evaporation and undetected leaks in your pool.
So do yourself a favor and inspect the pool for leaks that might be costing you money in the long run. Are you noticing any loose tiles around the pool? Cracks in the deck or mysterious moist spots along the perimeter? These could be red flags alerting you to a growing problem that isn’t going to solve itself. If your water bills are higher than usual, it may be due to a leak or two that you need to have fixed.
Stabilize Your Chlorine
The sun can reduce the efficacy of the chlorine in your water and that can have you spending more money to keep your pool water clean and sanitary. Chlorine stabilizers contain cyanuric acid which helps to prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from degrading the chlorine and rendering it less effective at accomplishing the job it’s supposed to do – reduce bacteria and germs in the water. Adding chlorine stabilizers to your pool water will extend the life of your chlorine.
Consider Some Robotic Assistance
While you’re waiting to run your pump until the peak hours have passed, you can still be proactive about maintaining the water in the pool. Filtering debris and detritus out of the pool can be done with a robotic pool cleaner. Much like a Roomba running along the floors of your home, these robotic pool filters run along the surface of the pool to suck up the debris that can collect if left unattended. The reason we like these robotic cleaners is because they operate using less energy than the pump and filtration systems.
Stock Up on Supplies
Another great way to save money on your pool ownership is to buy your necessary supplies in bulk. Memorial Day Weekend is considered the official start of the summer and there are sales galore to kick off the season. Keep an eye out for those big discounts to save money and stock up at those lower prices. That way you’ll have everything you need without paying full retail price when you run out of the essentials you need to make sure your pool is running smoothly.