In this fourth installment of our series on pool trends (see Part 1, 2 & 3), we’ll explore some ways savvy pool owners are making their time in the pool water itself more comfortable for swimming. Rather than sticking to traditional chlorination and heating methods, these pool owners are willing to try something new for impressive results. Here are a few suggestions you could consider for enhancing the feel of your pool water.
Add Saltwater to Potentially Improve Water Quality
Pools have been protected effectively from harmful bacteria by the use of chlorine for years and years. That’s why trying a new method of keeping your pool water clean may seem a bit risky when you’re not familiar with other methods. But chlorine isn’t the best option for everyone. For people with sensitive skin or eyes, traditional pool chlorination can sometimes cause itching, burning, and irritation. That’s where saltwater chlorination comes into the picture.
In this method, a salt water generator loaded with a salt cell will help to keep your backyard pool water sparkling clean without the need to add any raw chemicals to the water. Many people whose eyes or skin doesn’t tolerate traditional chlorine have noticed a change for the better by switching to saltwater chlorination. It tends to give the water a lighter, gentler feel. If you’ve found yourself frustrated with the feel, smell, or other negative results of traditional pool chlorination, it may be time to give saltwater a try this season.
Add a Heater with both Heating and Cooling Features for Ideal Water Temperature Control
When your pool is too cold, it’s nice to have the option of warming up the water with a pool heater. But what do you do on those sultry summer days when the pool water feels a bit too warm for comfortable swimming? Thanks to the advancement of pool heater technology, there are pool heaters currently on the market that can double as water cooling devices. With one of these systems installed in your pool, you’ll have the option of heating or cooling your pool. Now you can enjoy the perfect temperature during unseasonably cool summer days as well as during heat waves.
Add a Pool Cover to Combat Water Evaporation, Chemical Loss, and Debris
If you have periods of time throughout the week where your pool sits empty, adding a cover to your pool is a smart choice. Not only will it help your pool’s water quality by preventing chemical loss, but it can also reduce the quantity of water evaporating from your pool. In fact, pools with covers on them are estimated to lose between 30% and 50% less water to evaporation than pools without covers!
Another great reason to consider adding a cover to your pool is to help cut down on the accumulation of debris in your pool. If your pool is surrounded by trees, it can get pretty aggravating to constantly have to skim out those pesky leaves. Though you’ll still need to clean your pool regularly, adding a cover can significantly lower the frequency of skimming which your backyard oasis will require. There are a number of different pool cover designs on the market, ranging from solar covers to vinyl covers, to automatic and safety covers. The type you choose for your pool will depend on your personal needs and budget.
In our final article in this series, we’ll take a look at some of the latest trends which pool owners are choosing to help cut down on the time and money it takes to properly care for their pools.
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