Heating pool water is one of the popular ways of ensuring that you enjoy your swim maximally. Certainly, the choice of swimming in cold or warm water is in your hands provided you have a custom designer pool in your home. However, the luxury comes at a cost. You will have to pay for the energy used to heat the pool water, and it can force you to dig deep into your pocket if you do not take measures to make the pool energy efficient. The large volume of pool water uses up a lot of heat energy to become warm. This can make you pay a lot of money for your power bill. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do save energy and lower this bill. Here they are:
Do You Cover Your Pool?
Warm swimming pools lose a lot of heat energy in many ways. For example the steel bars lining the staircases used to enter the pool are good conductors of heat. Since they are in constant contact with the water, they transmit heat away and contribute to the loss of warmth from the water. However, most of the heat energy is lost through evaporation because the whole surface of the pool is exposed to air.
Covering the pool will help to reduce the heat loss through evaporation. You need a barrier to cut down the loss of water vapour. Take measurements of the pool and buy a large plastic sheet that can cover the whole pool. When it is not in use, keep the pool covered to enable the water to retain the warmth and minimise the amount of energy required to heat the pool.
How Do You Operate Your Pump?
It is common to find pool pumps left running for longer periods than it is necessary. The purpose of pumping and circulating pool water is to keep the chemicals mixed and to remove the dirt and debris in the water. There is no need to run the pump every day for these purposes. Cut down on the number of times you run the pump to circulate the water. Instead, use vacuum cleaners to get rid of the debris at the bottom of your pool and scrub the sidewalls with pool brushes to remove any dirt and algae.
Are You Taking Advantage of Technological Advancement?
Manufacturers are always looking to reduce the energy consumption of pool heaters through new models. If you are still using too much energy even after covering the pool or changing your pumping pattern, consider changing the heater. Look out for any trade-in where sellers allow you to change your old heater for a newer one. You will pay some additional cash although it is worth it because you might save a lot of energy.