5 Great Winter Swimming Pool Tips

Winter Swimming Pool Tips

With the winter swimming pool season right around the corner, I wanted to share some tips that can make swimming pool maintenance a little easier and even save you some money in the process.

During the winter, even in Miami, your swimming pool water can get pretty chilly, especially in the mornings and evenings. With this drop in water temperature, there are a handful of things you should consider:

Chlorine dissipates more rapidly in warm water than it does in cold water – You are also using the pool less so there are less contaminants in the water, which results in less chlorine demand. For these reasons, you should be able to juristically cut back on your chlorine use.

Depending on the size of your pool, you can switch to chlorine tablets for the winter swimming pool season and still maintain healthy swimming pool water. (Remember that tablets also contain stabilizer) In The Swim 3 Inch Pool Chlorine Tablets 50 lbs.

 

Learn about stabilizer: http://www.poolrangersinc.com/complete-maintenance/chlorine-stabilization/

 

Cold water suppresses algae growth.                                                             With balanced water, algae should not grow in temperatures below 60 degrees.

Reduce your pumps operating hours.                                                   Due to lower water temperatures, suppressed algae growth and less swim load contaminants, you can reduce your pools operating hours. Generally speaking you should run your pool motor for 8 hours or so in the summer. During the winter months, depending on the size of your pool, you can run your motor 4-6 hours per day and save yourself some money.

 

Some useful facts:

Depending on what type of swimming pool system you have, you may also want to consider some of these tips.

Heat pumps are not effective under 60 degrees.                                     Heat pumps work by drawing in the surrounding air, compressing, then heating. So if the surrounding air temperature is too cold, they will not work effectively. Some heat pumps even shut off automatically when the temperature is too low. Generally it is below 60 degrees but every heat pump is different.

Salt generators do not generate chlorine under 60 degrees.                     When the water temperature reaches below 60 degrees you may want to consider just turning you salt system off entirely. Some systems shut off automatically but if not, there is no need to wear out your salt cell’s life. Also in this case you do not need to add any more salt to your pool, as you will not be using it.

Remember, although the colder temperatures can make swimming pool maintenance a little easier, or just because you do not use your pool in the winter doesn’t mean you should get in the habit of neglecting your pool.

 

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