It’s a well-known fact that swimming pools are generally reserved for the wealthy, with the initial installation costs said to start from between £20,000 and £30,000. Many people often forget that this isn’t where the expenditure comes to a halt though and if you were to question any pool owner about the running costs, you would most likely be provided a long breakdown that results in significant monthly outgoings.
Most of the reason behind the high costs is due to the heat loss. While some owners make the decision not to install a pool heater, the majority realise that it is the only way to guaranteed lots of use due to the UK climate. Unfortunately, the process of heating a pool is by no means cheap and will have an expensive effect on your energy bills.
Taking the above into account, we’re going to highlight several ways in which you can retain heat more effectively and keep the bills down. Unfortunately, your pool costs are still going to be expensive, but you might be able to save a small amount of money to make them a little more respectable.
Invest in a pool solar cover
If you have ever taken the step of taking off your pool cover and jumping in straight away, you’ve probably felt first-hand how cold the pool has become. It doesn’t matter whether it is a boiling hot day, the standard pool blanket will make heat escape from the pool.
This is where solar pool covers come in. They are heavily insulated to guard against this problem, meaning that the amount of heat escaping from the pool is minimal to say the least. Furthermore, any sun that does hit the cover will go straight through it into the water, meaning that your pool may actually end up being warmer. In a lot of cases, this will reduce the need for you to run your pool heater.
Only run your pool heater when it is required
This brings us perfectly onto the next stage. One of the big myths of swimming pool heaters is that they need to be on all day, every day – as it costs a lot more to heat up a pool that has dropped in temperature rather than one that stays constant. Suffice to say, there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest this is true and it’s much more effective just to use the heater when you need it. This might not necessarily be every time you use the pool, as on some occasions the water should be warm enough anyway. You should also ensure that your pump is still in good working order and if it’s not, it might be advisable to check out some pump suppliers specialising in Grundfos products.
Consider solar powered heating systems
Many homeowners have grown sick and tired of the high running costs of pool heating systems and are therefore looking towards solar methods. Unfortunately, these have mainly been tried and tested in the US and therefore a lot of information in relation to them is attributed to the American market. They tend to cost between $3,000 and $4,000 and it goes without saying that the operating costs are significantly lower.