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Common Swimming Pool Myths Busted

When you’re considering a large investment like a pool, it’s important to make sure you have all the facts, and only the facts. We’ve busted some of the most common swimming pool myths so that you can rest assured that you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you.

Myth: You Can Only Use Your Pool In the Summer

You might be wary of investing in a pool because you think you’ll only be able to use it for a couple of months during the summer, but this assumption is false! Texas is known for its longer pool season. Most pools in Texas open in mid-March and don’t close until the weather begins to change in mid to late fall since Texas weather is pretty consistent. Temperature averages are typically between 70-96 degrees from April to August. From August to October, the temperature averages between 89 to 79, making the prospect of jumping into a cool pool that much more appealing. 

If you’re concerned about the timeframe of possible use, there are a few ways to extend your pool season even further:

  • Use a solar cover to lock in the heat and keep your pool water warm
  • Use a solar heater for warmer swims when the weather is sunny
  • Use a pool heat pump to heat and cool the water

Myth: It Is Expensive to Heat a Pool

With modern technology, heating a pool is cheaper than ever. There are new options that focus on being both cost-effective and energy-efficient. One option is solar pool heaters. They help warm the pool while the sun is out. Because they only need the pool pump and sunshine to operate, they feature low operating costs. On average, a solar heater costs $25-$125 per month. In areas where sunshine is abundant (like Texas), the costs will remain on the lower end.

Another option is pool heat pumps. Heat pumps absorb the warmth that is in the air, pressurize it, and then use that heat to warm the water that comes through the pump. One of their relative advantages is that they can provide heat in all types of weather. On average, it costs $50-150 per month to run a pool heat pump.

How Long Does It Take to Heat a Pool?

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The amount of time it takes a pool to heat up depends on the type of pool heater you use, the size of your pool, and the time of year. Solar pool heaters typically take 3-4 days to warm your pool by 20 degrees. However, once the pool is warm, later reheating will go even faster. Pool heat pumps take 1 to 2 days to heat a pool up by 20 degrees, while gas pool heaters can heat a pool up by 20 degrees within 24-36 hours. Keep in mind, though, that gas pool heaters are a bit more expensive to run: about $300 to $600 per month.

Myth: Pool Maintenance Is a Lot of Work and Expensive

While maintaining a pool does require some effort, it doesn’t have to be unbearable. The key to pool maintenance is consistency. You should balance your pool’s chemistry at least once a week, skim at least twice a week, and brush and vacuum your pool at least once a week. All together, maintenance should only take about 2-3 hours per week.

Chlorine Is Bad For Your Health

Like all things, moderation is key. When used properly, chlorine sanitizes your pool water, killing germs and pathogens that can make you sick. It is important to test your pool water weekly to make sure you are not using too much or too little.

Myth: Saltwater Pools Don’t Have Chlorine

While you don’t have to add liquid chlorine to a saltwater pool yourself, it does produce its own chlorine through a saltwater chlorine generator. This generator takes salt and converts it to usable chlorine for your pool. This type of chlorine is not as strong and can be gentler on the skin, keeping your pool clean, safe, and fun.

Need Help With Installing New Pool Equipment or Building Your Dream Pool

There can be a lot of information to keep track of when it comes to installing or maintaining your pool. Let Liquid Concept Pools help you navigate so that you can focus on the important things: enjoying your dream pool. Our team is eager to help you design and build your own backyard oasis. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an appointment with our design team!