A great reason for a pool remodel is to make it more energy efficient. With a combination of innovative pool equipment and practicing preventative maintenance habits, you can remodel your backyard to improve the heating and energy efficiency of your swimming pool.
You can save energy and maintain a comfortable swimming pool temperature by installing a smaller, higher efficiency pump and by operating it less. On average, an energy efficient pump will use 30-45% less energy than that of a standard pump. The difference over a season can be immense. Pumps now come in two-speed, four-speed, and variable-speed models, so you can turn the speed down for regular daily use saving a lot of energy, and use higher settings for more thorough, less frequent cleanings. Install automatic timers as part of your pool remodel for both your pool heater and pump. This will allow you to run them in several short cycles during the day, which is more effective than running them once continuously for several hours a day. New energy-efficient pumps also move the water more efficiently for further savings. Since pumps circulate the water to keep it clean, the better they work, the less a filter has to work.
A good pool cover will save energy and water. It can keep the water in your pool an average of 10 degrees warmer, which can cut summertime pool heating costs by up to 90 percent. A cover reduces water and chemical evaporation by up to 70 percent, saving nearly a thousand gallons of water per month. A cover also helps keep your pool clean, which means you'll have to run your filter pump less often, saving even more energy.
Water Temperature Efficiency
In addition to a pool cover, there are other ways to help keep the cost of heating your pool to a minimum while you still enjoy a comfortable water temperature. Make use of solar energy by locating your pool in the sunniest part of your yard. If possible, screen it from the cooling, prevailing wind with existing structures such as the house or garage, or add a solidly built fence as a windbreak. The water temperature you desire for your swimming pool not only affects the size of the pool's heater, but also your heating costs if use a gas or heat pump pool heater. Heating your pool with solar energy is by far the most energy-efficient method. If you buy a gas or electric heater, check the yellow-and-black Energy Guide label on the appliance. It shows relative energy-efficiency according to tests by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Pool water temperatures typically range from 78ºF to 82ºF. The energy consumption for each degree rise in temperature will cost 10%–30% more in energy costs, depending on your location. In warmer climates, this percentage is higher because of the relatively low cost of heating a pool at 78ºF.
Preventative Maintenance Tips for Energy Efficiency
Maintain efficient daily operations. Turn down the pool heater when the pool is not in use and maintain appropriate water temperatures when in use (78°-80° for active swimming, 82°-84° for recreational use). Raising the water temperature just 1°F can costs an additional 10 - 30%, depending on your location. Keep a thermometer in the pool to help determine the temperature that is best for your pool and mark the "comfort settings" on the thermostat dial to avoid accidental overheating. Backwash the pool filter only as much as necessary to avoid wasting water and energy and be sure to keep drain systems clear to allow the free flow of water. By far, the most energy efficient lights you can get for the pool are LED or solar powered.
It is also possible to make your hot tub energy efficient during a pool remodel. Portable spas are more energy efficient than in-the-ground spas because they are better insulated and usually have covers. If you have a typical portable spa, your heater will heat water 10 degrees in about 8 hours. If you use your hot tub once a week, lowering the temperature 3 degrees when not in use will save you approximately 5-10% of your hot tub heating costs; if you use the hot tub less often, your savings could be even greater. Don't run the jets unless you are using your spa. The mixture of water and air is great for relaxing the muscles, but it cools the water quickly. hot tub covers are important. Be sure to leave the cover on until you are ready to use your hot tub and replace when you're finished. Remember that the heat that escapes is the heat you must pay to replace.
Many people are choosing to remodel their swimming pool by making a saltwater conversion for the many advantages that a saltwater pool provides. Aside from being a more natural option, they don’t require that you buy, store or handle many chemicals. In general, saltwater pools require less swimming pool maintenance. With a saltwater pool system, a chlorine generator is added to the pool’s filtration system. The water circulates through the chlorinator, where salt produces a chlorine gas that dissolves into the water. That chlorine in turn, breaks down and turns into salt, cycling the process all over again. The remodel expense may seem costly upfront, but over time, they pay for themselves due to reduced running costs. Salt also is softer on the skin that traditional chlorine and swimmers tend to have reduced red eyes, itchy skin and discolored hair. Saltwater systems can also be used with any size pool – whether it is a small hot tub or a larger backyard pool.eat you must pay to replace.
There are many reasons that a homeowner may choose to remodel their swimming pool, however one of the most important is to ensure that their backyard has the most up-to-date safety features.
An estimated 260 children under the age of 5 drown in residential swimming pools and spas. Another 3000 under the age of 5 are treated in hospital emergency rooms following submersion accidents each year. By taking the proper precautions with a pool safety remodel, your backyard can be an enjoyable as well as safe experience for everyone.
There are many products that you can add to your swimming pool during a remodel that will make it safe.
Pool fences are one of the more common means to ensure safety and are usually gate-locked and childproof. Though permanent fences are recommended, removable pool fences can be used whenever children are present. Pool fences can be constructed of aluminum, steel, wood, composite, chain link and vinyl.
Pool safety nets provide a safe, secure barrier while maximizing the available backyard space. Children cannot climb over or under a net pool cover like they can some fences. A swimming pool net can typically be removed in about 5 minutes and replaced in 5-10 minutes.
Another way that a pool can be remodeled to ensure safety is to install a safety pool cover. Safety covers are anchored to a deck with straps that pull the cover taut over the pool. Both mesh and solid covers are available.
One of the latest safety features that can be added during a pool remodel is anti-entrapment equipment. Anti-entrapment equipment prevents hair, limbs or other body parts from being sucked and pulled toward a pool drain. A safety vacuum release system is an automatic suction force release system. When a drain becomes blocked, the SVRS provide a rapid vacuum release. A pool safety drain cover can work to prevent the powerful suction of a pool drain from making a complete seal that can trap a person’s body against the drain, resulting in a possible drowning.
A swimming pool can also be remodeled to include equipment to accommodate the injured, disabled or elderly persons so that everyone can enjoy the curative powers of water therapy. A lift or pool access ladders and ramps can be attached along the edge of a pool for effortless entry or exiting.