Seasons Magazine March 2017

How to extend your pool season

In this article we discuss and explain the different types of pool heating that are available to help you get a longer swimming season out of your pool.

Given the Summer we’ve been having, or lack of, it just might be worth looking at how simple it can be to extend your pool season and squeeze a few extra weeks (or longer!) out of the season and get more use out of your pool.

Solar Pool Covers

Adding a solar pool cover can help to warm up your pool. With a variety of options to fit any size pool, a solar pool cover uses the power of the sun to warm the pool water during the day and trap in heat overnight. At zero energy cost and a minimal initial outlay, solar pool covers provide the most affordable way to extend your pool season. Simply keep the pool covered when not in use, and reap the benefits of a warmer pool when you want to swim!

Pool covers also provided the following added benefits:

  • minimising water loss due to evaporation
  • holding chlorine in the pool longer – saving on chemical use
  • automatic pool cleaners still work with the cover on
  • can be used all year round to help keep debris out of the pool and making swimming season start up much easier.
Solar Heating

Nothing feels better than a full body plunge into a soothingly warm pool. Warm water wraps around you and relaxes every muscle in your body. The entire family will enjoy more time in the pool. Think about all the extra months of fun, exercise and sheer relaxation.

So how does it work: Solar collector panels are installed on your roof in a sunny position. The pool water is pumped through hundreds of tubes in the collectors where it absorbs the sun’s heat. This heated water is then returned to the pool for your enjoyment. As the energy from the sun is free, the only ongoing cost is running the circulation pump, which makes for a very economical way to heat the pool.

Heat Pumps

Alternatively, make use of an energy efficient heat pump, where for every unit of electricity you pay for you get 4 to 5 times the amount of energy back.  There is an initial cost outlay, however, they pay for themselves over time providing you with a pool at the perfect temperature for family enjoyment even when the temperature drops below what is usually considered swimming weather. Since they don’t rely on sunshine they are effective even during periods of poor weather. Who wouldn’t love another few weeks of water fun?!

For further information on what is best for your pool contact the team at Maurice’s Pools & Spas in Cambridge and Hamilton.