When you live in a warm climate like Mississippi, you get to enjoy your swimming pool through the fall season. This is great news, considering other parts of the country close their pools around Labor Day. Not us! We get to swim long into the fall season. But, even though the temperatures stay warm, it’s not always warm enough to keep water temperatures comfortable.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your pool water warm this fall season. If your family enjoys keeping the pool open, these small investments will be worth it.
Gas heaters are a practical solution for keeping your pool water comfortable on cooler days. They heat the water within minutes and continue to keep it warm while you’re swimming. You can even use gas heaters at night for a relaxing swim under the stars.
While gas heaters are convenient and effective, they are also the most expensive option. If you do decide to go this route, choose an energy-efficient model that will save money on your electric bills.
Heat pumps do a great job of maintaining a consistent water temperature, and they use far less energy than a gas heater. While gas heaters create their own heat using gas or propane, heat pumps utilize heat from the surrounding air to keep your pool warm.
Not all climates benefit from a heat pump, but the warm Mississippi climate does. Heat pumps function best in 50 degrees and up, so you can use your pump throughout the fall without having any problems. We usually don’t see 50-degree temps till the winter.
Another option is to use a solar blanket. Solar blankets are similar to pool covers, except they use rays from the sun to capture heat. The solar blanket then stores the heat using its insulation. Also, you won’t lose pool water due to evaporation. Bonus!
Solar blankets may not have the power that a gas heater or heat pump does, but they work well for some families. For example, if you’re on a budget and only looking to raise your pool water about 15 degrees, a solar blanket will meet your needs.
If you don’t like the idea of using a large solar blanket, consider a solar ring instead. Solar rings serve the same purpose as solar blankets, except they are tossed directly into the pool. This is a fast and simple solution for oddly shaped pools.
Once in the pool, the rings capture the sun’s rays and turn them into heat to warm your pool water. Use the rings on days when you want to swim. They’re budget friendly and easy to store.
These are a few options you have when extending your swimming pool through the fall months. As the temps dip and the nights get cooler, you may find yourself in need of a practical warming solution.