How to Make Your Swimming Pool More Efficient
Publication date : Monday, April 12th, 2021
Over the course of time, managing and maintaining a swimming pool can get expensive. Pools require a lot of work, but as long as you’re getting plenty of swim time throughout the summer, it’s worth it. Fortunately, there are simple ways to improve the efficiency of your swimming pool so it works faster and saves energy.
Let’s talk about the different ways you can enhance your inground pool in Mississippi so that you save money and spend more time in the water!
Pool Finish and Color
Certain finishes affect how your pool absorbs heat. Vinyl liners are low maintenance and durable, lasting 10-15 years. Tile is easy to keep clean and enhances the aesthetic of your pool. By installing these finishes in a dark color, they’ll be able to absorb more of the sun’s rays to keep your pool warm.
Another option is to purchase a solar blanket. Solar blankets preserve heat during the day and night. If you don’t want to fuss with taking the solar cover on and off, you can invest in an automatic pool cover instead. These covers offer more protection and reduce heat and water loss. This way, you’re not relying entirely on your pool heater (if you have one).
Believe it or not, the surrounding landscape has an effect on your pool’s efficiency. Fences, hedges, trees, bushes and other objects act as windbreakers. These structures can reduce heat loss in your pool on windy days. The right landscaping can also affect how much sun your pool is exposed to. You can plant trees and shrubs to maximize the sun hitting the water.
Variable Speed Pump
Variable speed pumps are Energy Star certified and can save you $300 or more a year. These pumps allow you to minimize energy consumption by as much as 90 percent! Paradise Pools in Mississippi carries five different swimming pool pumps – the Power-Flo, EcoStar SVRS, TriStar, Super Pump and MaxFlo. Contact us today to see which pump will help you save money and improve efficiency.
It’s possible that your plumbing is to blame for increased energy costs. Plumbing systems have an effect on how your pool pumps are working. If the pipes are too narrow or take sharp turns, the pump might be working harder to push water throughout the system and into your pool. In this case, improving the plumbing system and routes can reduce load on the pump.
Overall, there are many ways to make your swimming pool more efficient, especially with today’s technology and energy efficient equipment. Better yet, using these strategies can make your pool easier to take care of, saving you time and hassle. For more ways to improve the efficiency of your swimming pool, contact Paradise Pools today.
How to Build an Inground Pool on a Budget
Publication date : Friday, October 23rd, 2020
Having an inground pool in Mississippi is an amazing gift, but it’s also a major investment for many families. Fortunately, there are ways to make a pool installation more affordable without sacrificing the quality and features you want. On top of paying for the cost of installation, be sure to factor in pool maintenance costs. Some of the decisions you make early on can save you money in the long run.
Below are some of our best tips for building an affordable inground swimming pool.
Choose a Vinyl Liner Pool
Vinyl swimming pools are cheaper than fiberglass and concrete. However, you will have to replace the liner every so often, and this can be expensive. Vinyl liners are also more likely to get damaged. Despite these added costs, the initial price of a vinyl pool is more affordable than others. Even when it does come time to replace the liner, you can choose a different pattern and give your pool a refresh.
Go with a Smaller Design
Big pools are definitely attractive, but they also require more materials, more labor and more maintenance. A great way to save money is by scaling back the size of your pool. Plus, you’ll have more room for other things like a fire pit, trampoline or swing set.
Install a Pool During the Fall Season
Spring and summer are the most popular months for building pools. Because fall is slower, you may be able to get a better price if you install during this time. With fewer projects scheduled, some contractors are more flexible on price. At the very least, pool equipment is often on sale at this time of the year so you can upgrade without paying more.
Keep it Basic
When you’re trying to save money, it’s best to keep your pool design simple. Optional features will drive up your cost quickly, so it’s best to save your budget for the things you must have such as a fence, a durable liner and other safety features. To help with this, we recommend making a list of your wants and needs. This way, you can narrow down your features more easily.
Work with a Qualified Pool Contractor
Get several bids for your pool project and make sure to compare apples to apples. Don’t just go with the lowest bidder, regardless of their qualifications. Often, lower-than-average bids mean that the contractor is cutting corners such as by using budget materials. In the end, the most expensive pool is the one that has to be redone.
Purchase Energy Efficient Equipment
To reduce pool maintenance costs, consider upgrading to an energy efficient pool pump or variable speed pump. Even though it’s more expensive on the front end, it will save energy. Also, you probably don’t need to run the pool filter all day. Usually running it at night is enough. Finally, purchase a pool cover that will help your pool retain heat.
There are many ways to save on a swimming pool and Paradise Pools can help! Contact us today to learn more about our pool installation services and what we recommend for budget-conscious customers.