As your swimming pool ages, it often loses some of its efficiency. But before you plan large-scale renovations or remove it entirely, here are 5 simple ways to make the pool more energy efficient today.
Update the Pump
Modern pool pumps are more energy efficient than their predecessors. So keep up with changing technology in pool pumps. In addition, you may want to talk with a pool repair expert about whether or not your pump is the appropriate size for your pool. New, variable speed pumps offer much more control over energy use and can be tailored to your particular use.
Protect the Pool
Being exposed to the elements all the time means that the water and temperature can be affected by outside weather. If the pool is regularly buffeted by wind, for example, it can lose heat and suffer unnecessary evaporation. Install a windbreak on windy sides. And adding some overhead cover for the water — in the form of sail shades, tall and clean trees, or a pergola — may also lower evaporation rates in summer months.
As with any complex set of machinery, regular maintenance and repair keep all its moving parts in good order. Clogged filters and pumps have to run harder and longer. So using something as simple as a skimmer can prevent wasted energy. In addition, have the pool properly opened and closed if you don't use it during the winter so that everything is cleaned and ready for the long hibernation.
Add a Cover
A simple pool cover helps in a number of ways. It reduces evaporation and keeps the heated water temperature from dropping too low by protecting and insulating it. It will also keep out that extra debris so you don't have to perform more maintenance in the off months. For maximum benefit, install an automated pool cover so that you don't have to do the extra work of covering it up.
Use Darker Colors
The finish of the pool's interior surface can affect energy usage. Darker finishes help absorb natural sun rays and warm the water so your heater doesn't have to. With the right artistic touches, a dark finish can look great and help your wallet.
Talk with a local pool contractor, such as those at All-American Pools, about these and other ways to boost the energy efficiency in your backyard pool. It may just make you fall in love with your pool once again.