5 Money Saving Tips for Swimming Pool Owners

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Pool costs keep rising, and that’s not changing anytime soon. Pool ownership is much more involved than a one-time purchase. It comes with ongoing operating and maintenance costs you’ll be paying for the life of the pool. As your swimming pool safety experts, we’re here with the money-saving tips you need to keep costs down so you can make the most of the pool experience without breaking the bank.

Savings Vs. Shifting Costs

There are plenty of gurus out there who offer advice on how to spend less on your swimming pool. Some of their tips are pretty good. Others may save you a little bit now, but it comes with the cost of increased time or money later. Worse, some of these viral internet savings strategies can put your pool at risk of damage or leave it less safe in the quest to save a few dollars. While saving money on pool costs is important, you can’t compromise on the safety of your swimming pool or the people and pets who will be around it.

The money-saving tips we have for you are designed to offer real savings that don’t put you or your pool in jeopardy. That doesn’t mean they don’t take work. You may need to brush up on your best practices or manage your time to tackle bigger projects, but they’re all achievable for the vast majority of pool owners and represent an investment that’s meant to pay off with lower overall pool costs throughout the life of your backyard oasis.

Our Top Money-Saving Tips for Pool Owners

When it comes to saving money on your pool, it’s important to understand that preventing excess pool costs is your biggest opportunity to protect your bank account.

Become a Water Conditioning Wizard

One of the fastest ways to spend more money on keeping your pool water clean, clear, and healthy is to constantly chase after the right concentration levels. Make sure you read the instructions on your pool-conditioning chemicals and testing kit. Making precise adjustments and giving the water time to circulate the chemicals completely will help keep you from wasting money over-treating your pool.

You’ll also want to keep up with your full basic pool maintenance regimen. Chemicals alone won’t keep your pool clean, and the dirtier your pool walls, floor, and filter medium, the more chemicals it will take to fend off algae, bacteria, and other contaminants.

Keep It Covered

Keeping your pool covered when not in use is a great way to keep pool costs down while helping prevent unsupervised pool access that leads to a greater risk of accidental drowning. Thousands of lives are lost annually to drowning injuries, and a lack of safety barriers, like swimming pool safety covers, has been cited as a contributing factor in the majority of them. Beyond improving your pool’s safety, however, a good cover can help cut your pool expenses.

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Swimming pool covers help control heat loss during cooler temperatures, reducing your reliance on active heating. Swimming pool covers also help control evaporation, especially during hotter months, which means you refill the pool less often and don’t lose as many of your expensive pool chemicals in gas exchange with the air or to UV damage. Finally, a pool cover installed as a secondary safety measure behind a pool fence may come with lower insurance premiums, so be sure to check with your insurer.

Install Timers or Smart Equipment

Energy costs are a big part of maintaining your pool. From pumps and filtration systems that move the water and keep it clean to heaters that take the chill off, anything you can do to reduce electricity consumption will help save money. For years, automatic timers were the easy way to help minimize these costs while maximizing the benefits of your powered pool accessories. Simply set them to maintain a proper heating, circulation, or filtration schedule without the risk of forgetting to turn them off overnight or while binging your favorite shows.

A more advanced solution, however, uses modern connected equipment to control your pool equipment remotely. Sensors can offer fine-tuned management of the heat, circulation, or even sanitation of your pool. Often connected via Wi-Fi, these Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices can also be managed from your smartphone, computer, or tablet, giving you more options for money-saving pool management.

Winterize Your Pool Yourself 

Pool winterization can help you lower your pool maintenance costs dramatically over the coldest months of the year–a time when most owners close their pools anyway. Winterization helps prevent damage to your pool from freezing temperatures, reduces the risk of staining from incorrect chemical usage, and helps ensure you aren’t the victim of pool pop, any of which can leave you with huge repair bills. Winterizing your pool yourself not only avoids these costs but also keeps you from having to contract the service out to professionals whose time often comes at a premium the closer you get to winter.

To get started, check out our blog on pool winterization.

Choose a More Cost-Effective Swimming Pool Safety Fence

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Not all pool fences are created equal. Some are safer than others, and some pool fence styles come with premium price tags. The most cost-effective fence when it comes to creating a safer swimming pool area that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg is removable mesh pool fencing. This modern pool fence is low-maintenance and user-friendly while also deterring climbing. Strong poles anchored in the pool’s deck and a rip-resistant mesh material create a fence with minimal gaps that secures with a self-closing and latching gate. 

For fence installation money-saving tips, take a look at our DIY fence blog and tackle this easy pool-area upgrade yourself.

Get More From Your Swimming Pool While Paying Less

With a little research and work, you can keep pool costs down with our money-saving tips and still build and maintain a safer swimming pool area. If you’re looking for a local expert to help you out, reach out to one of our independent installation professionals. They’ll talk to you about your pool needs, take measurements, and give you a written estimate on protecting your pool with beautiful and secure swimming pool safety barriers. Keep your pool safer with All-Safe Pool today.

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