Undoubtedly, having a backyard pool will raise your space’s coolness factor in terms of both temperature and style. However, you might want to up the chill level even more in the summer heat. Shade sails, a mechanical evaporative chiller, and a reversible heat pump were some of the more commonly used approaches which we looked at in our first piece in this series. This time, we’ll look at a few more strategies for staying cool by the pool. Similar to last time, two of these ideas will be more directly relevant to your pool water, while one will be more aesthetically pleasing in terms of the overall backyard area.
Efficiently Operating a Pool Filter
We are all aware that nighttime temperatures can be significantly lower than daylight ones. By running your swimming pool’s filtration during the coolest hours, you can benefit from the lower evening temperatures. You can assist your pool’s water temperature in dropping a few extra degrees by operating your filter at night rather than during the day. While the efficiency of this way of pool water cooling can vary based on the climate in your location and is obviously less effective than some other solutions we’ve suggested, it can still help in conjunction with other methods of trying to minimize the heat in your swimming pool water. You have nothing to lose since you’re already operating your pool filter for a portion of the day, so why not run it at night instead?
Addition of Water Features
A fountain or waterfall might be considered a purely decorative addition to your pool. A water feature can have a cooling effect, preserving the ideal temperature of your pool’s water while also adding visual appeal. The pumps in your swimming pool will draw water to feed a waterfall or fountain; the new water element will then naturally lower the temperature of the water as it moves through it.
The movement of the water will also aid in evaporation, which will further reduce the temperature in addition to the previously described methods. The water temperature will be further lowered if you use the water feature in the cooler evening and nighttime hours.
Planning Your Landscape
Your pool water’s overall coolness may also be influenced by the environment around it. While you don’t want trees too close to your pool, because the extra debris they produce can strain your pool filter, you can help lower your risk of overheating personally and prevent the direct sunlight from having a negative impact on the water quality by strategically placing other forms of shade throughout your backyard area. Consider using shade producers ranging from more temporary additions like patio umbrellas to longer lasting structures like gazebos and pergolas. When these structures are built of light, natural colors (thus, reflecting the light), their ability to lower temperatures can be further enhanced.
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