It’s finally pool season here in Southern Maryland!
And with so many of us spending more time at home, those pools are going to get even more use than usual. Keeping your pool at the optimal temperature for morning workouts, evening dips, and pool parties is going to be important.
Something else that’s important is energy efficiency.
We’ve put together some tips so your pool can stay at your ideal temperature without breaking the bank.
The biggest reason a pool doesn’t stay at its optimal temperature is evaporation. A pool cover can help you save between 50% and 70% on your pool heating energy costs!
Keep the cover on the pool until just before you’re ready to use it. When you’re done, put it back on when you’re done. This helps keep the heated water in the pool instead of evaporating into the air.
Another benefit of using pool covers effectively is that by reducing the amount of water lost to evaporation, you’ll be saving water by not having to replace as much. Covers also help keep your pool cleaner by preventing debris from getting in the water, meaning you’ll spend less time cleaning and need to add chemicals less often.
The ideal temperature for a swimming pool is largely an individual thing. The common range is between 78˚ and 82˚.
Often, children and the elderly prefer water of at least 80˚. Some people want a cooler pool, around 72˚, to get the maximum cooling on a hot day. Between using a pool cover and an efficient pool heater, you’ll hit your sweet spot. Remember, a few degrees difference can make a big difference in your energy costs.
Propane pool heaters offer several advantages.
For example, propane heats your pool water faster and more efficiently than an electric heat pump. Because a heat pump uses surrounding air to warm pool water, it can only produce water that is about the same temperature as the outdoor air. Think about how the temperature can drop after sunset. That evening swim probably won’t be as warm as you’d like.
Propane lets you have gas-fired pool heating if you don’t have natural gas service in your neighborhood. And, even if you do, using propane means you don’t have the added expense of connecting your pool heater to your home’s gas line. The average cost of that is $25 per linear foot, plus the plumber’s labor costs. Ka-ching!
With Taylor, you get safe, reliable propane delivery so you know your pool will always be ready for a swim.
Contact us to learn more about propane pool and spa heaters!