How To Save Money on Your Swimming Pool Heating Costs
If you’re concerned about the ongoing cost of maintaining and heating your swimming pool, you’re not alone. Especially as summer starts to wind down and nights get colder, it can be expensive to keep your pool warm. Many customers come to us looking for ways to conserve energy and lower their monthly utility bills. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you save money on your swimming pool heating costs.
Use a solar pool cover.
Using a pool cover when your pool isn’t in use is one of the most effective ways to prevent evaporation and reduce your pool heating costs. Solar pool covers are specifically designed to help conserve heat. Since the cover prevents the sun’s heat from traveling back into the atmosphere, it stays at the surface and helps heat your pool. A solar cover can help increase the temperature of your pool by 10-15 degrees and save you hundreds on your heating costs.
Install solar heat panels.
Solar panels are a great way to naturally heat your pool and dramatically cut costs. They’re an effective option for any above ground pool, but especially if you live in a warmer climate where the sun shines prominently throughout the majority of the year. The best part? Since they utilize the sun, there are no additional operating costs once you purchase and install them!
Try a solar heater.
A solar heater is another great product that utilizes the power of the sun to save you money! The pump feeds water into the heater, the water is warmed as it circulates through the heater, and then the warm water goes back into the pool. Simple as that! The size of your pool will impact how many solar heaters you need to effectively heat the water.
Turn down the temperature when not in use.
Much like people adjust the temperatures in their homes to save money when leaving for a weekend away, you should also adjust your pool temperature when it’s not in use. If your pool only sees heavy use on weekends or in the evenings, there’s no reason to have the heat turned up all day long. Also, if you can stand having your pool a little colder (such as lowering the temp from 82 to about 78 degrees), you can try that too. Adjusting the temperature by a few degrees can add up to serious savings each month. Be sure to check your water temperature on a regular basis.
Be consistent with maintenance and replace heaters as necessary.
As always, a well-maintained pool is going to operate most efficiently and be the most cost-effective. That goes for your heater too! While doing your routine checks, make sure the heater is working as it should be and that there’s no damage or debris causing issues. A good heater should last at least five years but may need to be replaced after that.
By utilizing solar products and properly maintaining your pool, you should be able to keep your pocketbook, the environment, and your family happy.