Having a backyard swimming pool will, no doubt, increase the coolness quotient of your space — both in temperature and in style. But in the heat of the summer, you may want to increase the coolness factor even more. In our first post in this series, we looked at a few key ways to keep cool: shade sails, a mechanical evaporative chiller, and a reversible heat pump. This time, we’ll take a look at a few more ways to keep you cool when you’re poolside. Like last time, 2 of these will be more specific to your water, while 1 will be on the more aesthetic end of the spectrum relating to the surrounding area.
Optimal Pool Filter Operation
We all realize that overnight temperatures can be a lot cooler than daytime temps. You can take advantage of those lower overnight temps by running your swimming pool’s filter during the coolest hours. By running your filter overnight instead of during daylight hours, you can help lower your pool water temperature by a few degrees. While this method of cooling your pool water will vary in its effectiveness depending on your area’s climate and is obviously not as efficient as some other methods we’ve recommended, it can add to those other contributing factors. Since you’re already running your pool filter for part of a given day, running it at night instead won’t cost you any extra money, so you have nothing to lose!
Added Water Features
You might think of a fountain or waterfall as an addition to your pool with merely aesthetic benefits. While it certainly offers visual appeal, a water feature can also have a cooling effect, helping your pool water retain an optimal temperature. When a waterfall or fountain is added to your pool, the pumps will remove some water from your swimming pool to fuel it. As the water travels through the added water feature, its temperature will naturally become lowered.
In addition to the above-mentioned means of lowering the temperature, the movement of the water will contribute to evaporation, further cooling it. If you run the water feature during the cooler evening and overnight hours, you’ll be allowing it to further lower the water temperature as well.
The area surrounding your pool can also help contribute to its overall coolness factor. While you don’t want trees to be located too close to your pool, due to added debris that can become taxing on your pool filter, by strategically placing other methods of shade you can help reduce your risk of overheating personally as well as minimize the impact of direct sunlight hitting the pool water. You can leverage shade by using simple structures such as gazebos and pergolas or more temporary additions such as patio umbrellas. When these items are in light, natural colors, their temperature-lowering benefits can be even further enhanced.
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