We’re sure you’d rather spend fewer of your hard-earned dollars and precious hours on swimming pool maintenance than on buying fun additions and exercising, relaxing, or playing — whatever is more your style — in your backyard swimming pool. That’s why we’re pretty sure you’ll love the hacks & more hacks we’ve already recommended — but there’s more where that came from, and we’re about to dive in!
Switch Out Your Old Heat Pump
If you’re still using a single speed pump, you can save money on your monthly electric bill by switching to a variable speed pump, instead. Not only are variable speed pumps exponentially more energy efficient, but they also offer options when it comes to speed, allowing them to make managing electrical consumption easier. Add in the fact that their lifespan is far longer than the average traditional pump, and you have a winning combination for sure!
Improve Water Filtration
Whatever you can do to reduce the pressure on your swimming pool filtration system will help you to avoid overloading it, which in turn will help promote its longevity. In addition to covering your pool whenever it’s not in use, your skimmer basket can be a significant factor in keeping debris from entering your filtration system. You can essentially supercharge the effectiveness of your skimmer basket by adorning that same old basket with an old pair of pantyhose. Simply wrap the old pantyhose around your skimmer basket and tie it off at the rim. Your skimmer basket will now be able to remove far more debris than it ever could before, keeping that stuff from your main filter and reducing your overall pool maintenance load. Once again, you’re saving valuable time and money by using a simple household item.
Use Automatic Timers
Sure, sometimes you’ll remember to run the heater and filtration system for 8 hours a day, but why burden your memory with something else you have to actively do — or, worse, risk forgetting and neglecting this important task? You can make sure your pool’s heater and filtration system are run as often as they need to be, even when you’re forgetful or out of town. Simply hook up an automatic timer to your equipment breaker, and voila! Even when you do nothing, water will still get circulated like it needs to be.
Heat Your Pool
Of course, there are many options when it comes to pool heaters. But if you’re not ready to splurge on a more expensive, long-term solution quite yet, that’s okay! Simply purchase a solid back garden hose, run it from your pool pump to a place where it will be exposed to direct sunlight (perhaps on your roof or someplace on your deck) and wrap it in coil formation. Then use a faucet connection to connect one end to the your pool pump’s return and feed the other end into the pool. Because the color black naturally absorbs heat from the sun, you’ll be able to keep your pool water warmer than it would otherwise be when the sun is out.
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