What Is The Ideal Pool Temperature: The Heated Debate

What Is The Ideal Pool Temperature: The Heated Debate

After weeks of construction, your pool is finally ready to enjoy. It’s “fall” here in Florida – a term used very loosely to those of us that have lived in the north. We know there is nothing more refreshing than jumping into the pool on a hot summer day, but we do we do in the fall and winter.

Water temperature is one of the most debated topics, after your pool is ready to use, in both the pool world and in your very own home. Even in Florida, you will need to heat your swimming pool, at least some of the time, to keep it at your perfect temperature. Ideally, you want it cool enough to be refreshing but not so cold that you are reluctant to get in.

What Is the Perfect Temperature?

Pool water temperatures typically run between 78 and 82 degrees. Any cooler than 78 and you will feel chilled when you exit the pool. Any warmer than 82 and the pool will feel like bath water. A average temperature of 80 degrees is generally warm enough that children and senior citizens enjoy it, but cool enough to make for an invigorating dip.

Of course, you should keep in mind that each degree the temperature rises results in increased energy costs of 10 to 30 percent. So the right temperature for your pool water is a function of how it feels on your skin and how it feels on your wallet.

Keeping Pool Temperature Costs Down

There are steps you can take to keep your pool warm while keeping your costs down:

  • Install hedges, fencing, and other features that keep wind from blowing through the pool area.
  • If your pool heater is more than five years old, consider investing in a new heater. In some cases, these units quickly pay for themselves in lower utility bills.
  • If you tend to use your pool only on weekends, lower the temperature setting by 8 to 10 degrees during the week.
  • If you are going on vacation, turn off your pool heater. We don’t have to worry about freezing conditions here.
  • Install a timer that can automate and optimize your temperature settings.
  • Run your pool’s filtration system between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m., when electricity demand and rates tend to be lower.

Find Your Perfect Temperature

It may take a little time to find the right balance of comfortable water temperature and cost-effective operation. That temperature will change with the seasons. With a little effort, you can find your perfect temperature setting. Remember that it is always best to consult your pool builder with any questions to see what might be best for your specific pool.


Top 3 Health Benefits of Owning a Spa

Top 3 Health Benefits of Owning a Spa

As the colder season approaches you may think it’s FINALLY time to start jumping in your spa regularly again! But the truth is there are benefits to having a spa all year round. Yes – even in Florida.
Spas are beneficial for your health which isn’t limited to a season. Do you have body pain, arthritis, trouble sleeping, stress, or anything related? Then you may want to hop in your spa more often.

Let’s start with stress.
Stress can come from all areas of our lives whether it be work, family, inner stress we put on ourselves or outer forces causing us to worry which leads to physical health problems. Sitting in a spa can help counteract high blood pressure caused from stress as well as help with poor circulation that also stems from stress. Can you imagine escaping the world for a little while sitting in your spa, possibly with some aromatherapy additions, breathing easy & calmly? That sounds like stress relief to us!
As if soaking in your spa after a long day didn’t sound great enough already there’s more to its benefits.

One of those being BETTER SLEEP.
Did you know soaking in hot water drops your body temperature? It does and a drop in body temperature before bed helps you fall asleep easier. Which makes the only sleep aid solution being a nice soak in your spa 90 minutes before bed! Well… Maybe not the ONLY solution, but our number one choice!
While there are multitudes more of benefits there’s one more we are going to look at today.

The buoyancy of water eases pressure off of the body’s joints. The good thing about that is less pressure less pain. The buoyancy of water mixed with the warmth of your spa can help alleviate muscle inflammation, arthritis, and general joint pain. It may not be a cure for your ailments, but it can be the relief you’ve been needing. Adding hydrotherapy through smaller jets that pin point problem areas on your body can bring maximum relief as well.
The ways you benefit from a spa are worth jumping in it year round; maybe even daily!

Don’t have a spa, but interested in one?
Reach out to us!
Your first consultation is free with absolutely no commitment required.
We want you to feel like part of the family and it is our desire to help you experience these same benefits and more through your own outdoor living space.


Top 4 Ways to Protect Your Pool From Heavy Rain

Top 4 Ways to Protect Your Pool From Heavy Rain

Is your pool filling up by the second or already flooded? Is your water cloudy or green? Is your deck retaining water?  If you answered “yes” to any of those questions then this is for you!

Brevard County Florida is having one of “those” summers. The kind of summer that keeps the kids singing that popular nursery rhyme song “Rain, rain, go away!”. Florida is known for afternoon showers, but these heavy bands of thunderstorms and downpours have been quite different. Having an excessive amount of water added to your pool in a relatively short timeframe can lead to several problems. Here are the 4 most common problems that pool owners deal with when there is frequent, heavy rainfall.

Problem #1 – Your Pool Flooded or is About to Flood

The skimmers and drains in your pool are designed to help remove excess water when there is typical rainfall. Drastic measures only need to be taken when there are extreme weather conditions such as tropical storms, hurricanes or when there will be 5 or more inches of rainfall in just a few hours.

Protection Plan: If your pool is completely full or flooding after heavy rainfall you can lower your water level 1-2 feet.

The National Swimming Pool Foundation strongly suggests that you do NOT completely empty the water from your pool or hydrostatic pressure may cause it to “float” or lift out of the ground. The weight of the water in your pool literally helps to hold it down.
If you choose to lower your water below the skimmer intake, make sure to turn off the skimmer suction line. This will prevent air from being sucked into the pump motor and damaging it.

Problem #2 – Algae Blooms/Water Contamination 

Pure rain water falls through the air collecting dust, pollen, algae spores and other pollutants before it finds its way into your pool. Lovely, right? Rainwater is known to have acidic properties and can destroy the chemistry of your pool. Add debris from crazy winds or runoff from nearby landscaping and this can totally wreak havoc on your pool. I’m saying your waters pH, calcium hardness, alkalinity and more can all be drastically shifted from one rain storm. If these levels are quickly corrected the water can become corrosive and cause damage to your plaster or any metal parts in your pool.

Protection Plan: As a pool owner you can balance the chemistry in your pool before a big storm and directly afterward.

Balancing your pH levels will prevent it from turning green, black or any other color it shouldn’t be. Be sure to test your water with a complete test kit like the K-2005 or use 7-way test strips. If all of these seems way to daunting to you then we would love to care for your pool and rebalance it for you! Contact us today to get a quote for weekly pool cleaning service. You’ll even get your first month free with an annual contract.

Problem #3 – Damage to Your Pool Deck 

A properly built swimming pool has deck drains designed to prevent water from gathering on its surface or from running into the pool. However, other problems can arise from too much rain water.

Protection Plan: Do not allow your pool to sit full of water, make sure your deck drains work properly and check your gutters because often water can dump onto a pool deck from gutters that may need emptied or replaced.

The biggest concern is rainwater getting UNDERNEATH your pool deck. If a pool is completely full and sits there for an extended period, the deck can begin to experience heaving or lifting. If water accumulates in the ground, beneath the deck, as the ground settles empty pockets known as voids can form. These portions of the deck have little to no support and as a result, the deck could sag, crack or even tilt in one direction.
Pool decks should slope 1/4″ for every foot, and storm run-off should NEVER go into your pool. You may need to install drains or French drains around your pool deck. Make sure drains are sloped away from the pool and the pool equipment.

Problem #4 – Flooded Pool Equipment 

Pool equipment can withstand heavy rain for days on end but the pump motor from the pool pump CANNOT be fully submerged in water. If you suspect flooding its best to be proactive when it comes to your pool equipment. If your pool pump does get submerged in water, it will more than likely need to be replaced.

Protection Plan: Remove your pool pump and store it indoors where it’ll stay nice and dry.

Now that you safely made it through the rain, go enjoy some Florida sunshine.