Taking adequate steps to protect your swimming pool during winter can help you save money in many ways. By cutting down on chemical usage and reducing pool run time, you can cut down on all pool related expenses during the season.
During winter, most people rarely use the pool. As such, covering the pool using a bubble or debris mesh cover can be helpful. This will protect it from any debris falling into the pool. Also, contaminants from the outside are also blocked from mixing in with the water.
By avoiding dirt accumulation from the weather and debris, you don’t need to spend much time maintaining the pool. This will also save you money in the process. Plus, since most of the pool equipment is protected by the cover, you can also cut down on any possible repair costs.
When buying a pool cover, get the best quality product you can. Don’t sacrifice on the quality of the cover to save some extra cash. A high quality pool cover, even if it costs more, will protect the pool better and help avoid possible damages that a low quality cover may not be able to prevent.
While covering the pool is beneficial, you should not do it at all times since the chlorine in the water can get out of control and bleach both the cover and the surface of the pool. If you are unsure on how much time you should leave the pool covered or uncovered, consult a professional pool expert and they will be able to help you out.
Plus, not keeping the pool covered at all times will help you keep an eye on the water levels. You can also check on the color and clarity of the water easily without having to lift the cover each time. Your pool will look its best during the Winter months.
During winter, since there is less UV light from the sun, the chlorine will last longer. As such, if you have an automatic dosing system or salt chlorinator, you should reduce the chlorine output during winter.
You can also use a specialty algaecide, known as Winteriser, during the season. This will kill off algae in the water, minimizing the amount of chlorine you need to mix in the pool and allowing you to keep the water properly balanced. Check out the local pool stores for the brands of Winteriser that is suitable for your pool.
Either by using an automatic dosing system or manually adding in the chlorine, you are sure to save money on chemicals for the winter.
You can also cut down on electricity usage during winter since you will only need to run the pool for a shorter period of time. For example, if you had to set the pool timer to run the pool for 8 hours during summer, you can reduce that time by half and will only have to run the pool for 4 hours.
So, remember to incorporate all these tips in your pool care plan for winter, and you can not only cut down on expenses but can also ensure that the pool looks great all winter long.