Individuals new to swimming pool ownership may not have taken the time to truly budget for pool maintenance and upkeep. Whether you’re performing the upkeep on your Laveen, Arizona swimming pool on your own or hiring the services of a pool maintenance professional, cleaning it is an item that needs to be considered as well as the costs for it.
The swimming pool service contractors from Express Pool Care offer these five ways to save money on the overall operating costs of your swimming pool:
- At the risk of sounding like a broken record… use a pool cover. Pool covers help alleviate the amount of water lost to evaporation; this means you will use fewer chemicals and won’t have to refill the pool as frequently. A pool cover will also keep dirt and debris from the pool and the water which could make it much easier to clean and maintain.
- Don’t let pool maintenance lapse. Don’t think that just because you don’t use the pool for a week that it means you don’t have to worry about cleaning and checking the chemical balances, it does. Regardless of whether you use the pool all the time or not, it requires almost continual care.
- If you have water features such as a slide which may have water jets on it to keep it easy to slide down or a fountain or jets in a hot tub or spa, turn these features off when they’re not being enjoyed. Simply turning off the electricity to these features could lead to a reduction in your overall pool operating costs.
- Run your pool equipment on the off hours as a way to save money. Using energy efficient equipment is also a great money saver. You may balk at the idea of paying for the cost of a new pool equipment, but the money you will save in operating costs over the long run, could be staggering. Also, ask your pool maintenance professional how many hours a day you need to run the filter — the times may vary depending on the use the pool sees and the size of the pool itself.
- Location, location, location could also lead to a decrease in pool operating costs. If you’re in the midst of a new pool construction project, make certain the pool builder has made allowances for the amount of wind that comes through your yard and the amount of sunlight the pool will get. If you have an existing pool and find the wind patterns are not conducive to any money savings, you could install a fence that would block the breezes as wind blowing across the pool can speed up evaporation and also lower the water temp. Speaking of water temperatures, consider lowering the temperature by a degree or two and see if it makes a difference in the enjoyment you have in the pool or if it isn’t even noticeable. A degree or two drop can significantly impact your pool heating costs.
Talk to your swimming pool professional and ask for some money-saving measures you can take.