Keeping your pool water warm enough for swimming throughout the summer can get expensive, especially if you use a gas or electric pool heater. In this series (see Part 1, 2, 3 & 4), we’ve looked at some creative cost-cutting methods which savvy pool owners can take advantage of to keep their pool water warm. Here in our last article, we’ll explore a couple more of these options you might want to try.
You may be surprised to learn that the next item on our list isn’t a traditional piece of pool equipment at all. Instead, you could most likely find it for a great price in the garden section of your local home and garden store.
Use a Black Hose to Absorb Sunlight and Heat Your Pool Water
It’s common knowledge that dark colors absorb heat while light colors reflect heat. That’s the secret to this ingenious little trick to keeping your pool water warm using a black garden hose. In order for this method to be effective, purchase the longest black garden hose you can afford to buy at your home and garden store. Make sure that it’s at least long enough to reach your pool pump while the majority of the hose can be sitting coiled up while stored somewhere that’s going to get direct sunlight for much of the day. Either a 400 or 500-foot black hose should be long enough to successfully heat your pool water.
Once you’ve found a hose that’s long enough to do the job, pick an area, such as on a nearby shed rooftop or sunny patio. Connect the hose nozzle to the pump’s return using a faucet connection. Then stick the majority of the connected hose onto your designated warming spot located in an area that’s bright and sunny. The middle portion of the hose that sits in the sunlit area can be coiled up to save space and retain extra heat. Then, run the other end of the hose back down into the pool water. This method will give you a quick, cost-free way to add warm water that’s heated by solar power when your pool water starts to feel chilly.
Get a Pool with a Dark Liner
This final money saving idea is a good one to keep in mind if you haven’t yet installed a pool in your yard. Rather than going with a traditional light blue or white pool liner, consider installing a pool with a liner that’s a darker shade, such as gray, navy blue, or deep green. Since darker colors absorb sunlight, choosing a deeper color shade for you pool liner is a smart way to help retain heat in your pool water.
Harnessing the power of the sun, utilizing warmth in the air, and blocking the wind are all cost-effective ways to heat your pool naturally. The less you need to depend on gas or electric energy to heat your pool, the less expensive your monthly pool heating costs should be. By either supplementing your pool heating with these methods or switching over to these alternative heat sources completely, you could drastically reduce the amount of money you spend on heating your pool each month.
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