Putting money into a swimming pool is an investment that pays off in many ways. With a pool, your home will be more welcoming to your family and friends, and it will be a great place to make memories with your family. Adding these updated features to your pool can add a lot to the value of your home.
With the right upgrades, your pool can also save on energy costs, which is good for both your wallet and the environment. Here are nine smart things you can do this season to save as much money as possible on your pool.
Change the finish of your pool
If you have a heated pool, you can make this change to save money on energy and make your pool look more inviting. Darker finishes soak up more UV light from the sun, so your pool water will be warmer without you having to turn up the thermostat. It’s a natural way to heat your pool that can save you money and help you use less energy. Also, changing the finish is an easy way to give your pool a new look without spending a lot of money.
Replace your old pool pump with one that can run at different speeds.
If you really want to save money on your pool upgrades, you might want to think about upgrading your pump. Even pumps made just 10 years ago are much more efficient than pumps made today.
Consider a variable-speed pump with a motor that uses magnets to reduce noise, vibration, and energy use. This will help you save the most money. Variable speed pumps are different from traditional pumps, which only have one speed. They have between three and eight adjustable settings and timer systems that change the speed of the pump automatically.
Adjustable settings can save you money on electricity costs, and if you optimize when and how your pump runs, you can also reduce wear and tear and make it last longer. A high-efficiency, ENERGY-STAR®-certified variable-speed pump can save up to 90% of the electricity used by a traditional, single-speed pump.
In fact, these pumps are so good at saving energy that starting in 2022, the EPA will require all new pools and pump replacements to have variable-speed pumps.
Make the filter for your pool bigger
Your pool’s filter is an important part of keeping the water clear. It lets water pass through while getting rid of dirt and other debris. With a bigger filter, water can flow over more area, which means your pump doesn’t have to work as hard to keep water moving. This means that the pump will use less energy and wear and tear will be less.
Choose a heat pump
A solar water heater might not make sense if your pool is in a shaded or covered area. A heat pump could be a good choice in that case.
Heat pumps have been around for a long time, but the ones made today are much more efficient and cost much less to run. They are also better for the environment than older ones. Electric heat pumps heat the air by using the temperature of the air around them, so they work best when it’s at least 55 degrees outside. When the air is cooler, it can also help cool the water in your pool. The changes to the smart pool.
Invest in routine maintenance
Maintaining your pool’s filter and the pump is a smart way to keep them running at their best, and it’s also important for keeping the water clean and inviting. Some maintenance tasks are easy enough to do yourself, but if you’d rather enjoy your pool than work on it, you can ask us about ongoing maintenance plans that take the hassle out of your hands and off your mind.
Use technology where you can
Automated pool systems keep an eye on your pool all the time and make changes to the temperature, heating system, and filter on their own. Plus, you can keep an eye on your pool’s systems with your cell phone, which is the easiest and most efficient thing you can do.
Get the robots to help
Not interested in an automation system that does everything? A robotic pool cleaning system can make it easier to take care of your pool. These powerful cleaners have been around for a while, but just like other pool features, they’ve come a long way since they were first made.
Robotic units of today can clean more than just the water and floor of the pool. They can also clean the walls, steps, and other surfaces, and they use a fraction of the energy that a traditional vacuum or old cleaning system would.
Robotic cleaners need to be put in and taken out of the pool by hand, and they also need to be cleaned from time to time. However, there is a solution that is even more hands-off: in-pool cleaning systems. All of the pool’s steps, walls, and benches, as well as the little pop-ups, are installed flush. They literally pop up from the surface and spray pressurized water to push dirt and debris toward the main drain. The energy efficiency of in-pool cleaning systems can be the same as or even better than that of robotic cleaners.
Add landscaping that is good for a Pool
If you’re planning to change the way your yard looks, you might want to include a few things that will help your pool. By planting trees or shrubs to block the wind, you can keep your pool warmer without having to turn up the thermostat. A windbreak could also stop water from evaporating, which would save money on water costs. Not looking to add trees or bushes? You can also use a pergola or a hardscaped wall to block the wind.
Bottom line: There are many ways to make your pool more efficient and save money. The best part is that Pool Service San Diego can come up with a solution that works best for your pool’s size, age, location, features, and budget.
Call us today at (213) 267-6064 to set up an on-site consultation to learn more about pool upgrades or pool remodels that can save you money and energy.