4 Easy Ways to Make Your Pool More Eco-friendly
Saving energy and money are two important factors in today’s economy. Homeowners’ are always looking for ways to make their homes eco-friendly. Doing the same with their swimming pool is also a good idea. A few simple tips can save you time and money as well as help lessen the impact on our environment.
Monitor Your Pool’s Chemical Levels Often – Monitoring the chemical levels in your swimming pool eliminates the need for “shocking”. It also prevents waste. Pool chemicals can be extremely harsh on the environment. By closely monitoring your pools’ chemical levels you can reduce the amount you need to use to keep it in balance. Checking them at least once a day will allow you to stay on top of things and keep chemical levels in balance. The right chemical balance is needed to prevent algae from growing and reduce bacteria levels. Too many chemicals can cause skin irritation. Finding and keeping the perfect balance is imperative if you plan on having a fun-filled summer.
Use a Pump Timer – Using a pump timer prevents it from cycling when no one is using the pool. The timer can be set up so that it runs only once or twice a day when the pool is not in use. Timers can be set to cycle the water at certain times. Timers are ideal for saving energy and will only turn the pump on at specific times. Pump timers can also be used to keep the pool running while you are gone for the weekend. The timer can be set to run once a day while you are gone to prevent algae from becoming a problem.
Invest in a Pool Cover – Specially designed solar pool covers can be placed over the surface of the water when no one is in the pool. They serve many purposes; two of the most important being that they use the sun’s rays to keep the pool water warm and they also catch debris that may fall into the pool. Skimming the water before removing the pool cover will keep small pieces of debris from settling in the water or being sucked up into the filtration system.
A true solar cover is designed to use the sun to warm the pool and prevent heat loss and water evaporation. While water will still gradually dissipate, the solar cover will help to minimize the loss. Heat retention is also beneficial. A solar cover prevents heat from rising and reduces the amount of surface area exposed to the air. By using a cover, less heat is lost and the pool’s heating system runs less frequently.
Replace Worn Out Pool Parts – Exchanging new parts here and there can also save money in the long run. One of the most important parts of proper pool maintenance is making sure the pump and filters continue to work properly and run efficiently. Over time, parts can wear out causing them to waster energy and run less efficiently. As parts start to show signs of wear and tear, replacing them with new, energy efficient replacements will help save money as well as prevent costly break downs. Fixing things before they break reduces the risk of the pool being shut down for days at a time while a repairman fixes the pump or filter.
Being environmentally friendly does not have to mean costly. In fact, making sure your pool is environmentally sound also helps reduce energy and water loss. In the long run, making eco-friendly improvements will help homeowners save money in the long run. Keeping your swimming pool in top working order will provide you with plenty of summer time fun. It will also help reduce your impact on the environment as well as the dent in your wallet.
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Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.