Whether it is the attraction of being able to exercise, to relax, or simply for the fun of it, a home swimming pool is on the dream list for many families. Pools have a reputation for being out of the budget of many households, but is this really the case? Let’s take a look.
The cost of building a home swimming pool depends on lots of different factors. These include the size of the pool, its location, and features such as the type of liner and its mechanical set-up. As a general rule, the more ambitious the project, the higher the cost. However, as the main costs are labour, equipment hire, and materials, it is possible to achieve pool installation on a reasonable budget.
Home swimming pool running costs are influenced by several variables. The energy cost of heating it to the desired temperature is the most important figure, and this fluctuates. For instance, keeping a pool at a comfortable 30oC in August is quite different to attempting to do the same in January. The size of the pool also affects energy expenditure, with larger pools costing more to heat.
Running costs can be considerably reduced by conserving the heat as much as possible. One of the best ways to do this is with a cover that prevents the heat from escaping while the pool is not in use. Solid slatted covers are an effective method of reducing energy costs.
A Question Of Efficiency
The pool system set-up will influence your running and maintenance costs. The part of the pool that has to work the hardest is the filtration unit. If the unit is substandard, or if it becomes clogged, efficiency is diminished. This raises the running costs of the pool and also increases the risk of problems such as algae blooms. Therefore, one of the best ways of keeping costs to a minimum is to invest in a high-end unit, and to ensure that it is serviced annually by a professional swimming pool engineer. Small measures such as these make a significant difference.
Home swimming pools require regular water treatment in order to maintain a healthy, sanitary environment. As long as the filter is optimised, the cost of this is usually very low. The exception is in the case of an out-of-control bloom – detectable when the water turns green – which can take quite a lot of effort to solve. To ensure a good water balance, pool owners are increasingly investing in devices such as UV systems. These reduce the need for chemicals whilst keeping the water sparkling.
Minding The Leaks
A pool that has been installed by experts is unlikely to have problems with leaks. However, one of the reasons that home swimming pools can become expensive is water wastage due to leaks. Losing water costs money, and it can also damage the structure of the pool by weakening the ground around it. Over time, this can lead to costly repairs. As long as the pool has no leaks, water is not particularly expensive. Once the pool is filled, the filter continuously cleans and recycles the water, so you won’t need to completely drain and refill your pool very often. Pool owners simply need to top-up every now and then if there has been a lot of splashing, or if evaporation has lowered the water level. To keep costs low, select an experienced company for installation, and book an annual visit to check that all is well.
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