Weather is unpredictable, one day it can be warm and sunny, the next cloudy, chilly and breezy. This can be difficult for you as a swimming pool enthusiast, since you probably prefer to be able to enjoy your swimming pool with warm water every day all summer long. Agreed?
So how can you ensure that you can continue to enjoy your swimming pool despite the changeable weather? After all, nobody wants to swim in cold water! We at SunnyTent have listed a number of tips here for you. From practical tips to a number of questions that you, as a swimming pool owner should actually be able to answer when it comes to (inexpensive) heating up your (Intex or Bestway) swimming pool.
1. The “horticultural greenhouse principle” for heating the water
In addition to the fact that the SunnyTent ensures that the water remains clean, the SunnyTent also ensures that the water remains warm. The SunnyTent uses the “greenhouse principle” for this. In a greenhouse, from mid-April to mid-September it is almost always more than 25 degrees. Even when the sun is not shining.
The SunnyTent is actually an all-in-one solution for your swimming pool, the water stays clean and warm without you have to purchase all kinds of expensive solutions or equipment for this.
2. When will the “swim jitters” come to you?
Before you start asking yourself how you can best (or fastest) warm up your pool, it is good to ask yourself how much you enjoy using the pool. When choosing the most suitable way to heat the water, there are different methods, some more expensive than others, some more efficient than others.
As mentioned, if you want warm water from mid-April to mid-September then the SunnyTent is a great solution. If you are a real water baby and want to be able to swim all year round, then it is worth considering choosing a heat pump, which heats up the pool water using electricity. With a heat pump you get a maximum swimming season, so in principle you could swim the whole year with a heat pump.
If the swimming bug only comes to you in the summer, it is not necessary to purchase a heat pump, because the sun will do most of the work in the summer. It is then only a matter of retaining the heat as well as possible.
So it is good to first ask yourself how far you will go to have a pool full of warm water and how often you actually use the pool.
3. Before warming up, take into account the size of the pool
The easiest and cheapest way to heat up your Intex pool is with solar energy. This is especially true for small swimming pools, which contain a relatively small layer of water, so the sun has sufficient power to heat up the water. If you have a larger swimming pool, inground or inflatable pool, then it’s a different story. The sun simply does not have enough power to heat up your swimming water, so you will have to look at other solutions.
So the deeper the pool and the larger its size, the more energy is needed to keep the water at a pleasant temperature.
4. Do not place the pool directly on the (cold) surface
Before you rebuild the pool or blow it up you can put plates directly underneath where the pool stands. You could use tempex plates for this, as these plates are heat-insulating.
5. Think carefully about where you put your pool
How do you determine exactly where you will place your pool? Is it because there is enough space or just because the swimming pool has always been there? The location that you choose is important both for cleaning your swimming pool and for warming up your swimming pool.
For example, do not place your Intex pool under or near a large tree. Everything that falls from the tree will then end up in your swimming pool. In addition, your swimming pool is then in the shade of the tree. So, try to look carefully where your swimming pool has the most “sun hours”.
6. How warm is warm enough?
Everyone has their own preference regarding the temperature of their swimming water. Some want a temperature of at least 28 ° C, others are satisfied with a few degrees cooler. If you have a large swimming pool with a heat pump for example, then these extra few degrees on a yearly basis mean a lot higher energy bill.
So, try to find out for yourself what the ideal temperature is for you and what this may cost extra per year. With the SunnyTent, swimming water from mid-April to mid-September is almost always more than 25 degrees.
7. Warm up the pool and retain the heat
Heating up a swimming pool is the first step, then naturally the ideal is to retain this heat. Heat rises to the top, so a swimming pool loses the most heat via the surface. With a good insulating cover, you ensure that the heat is retained.
A possible cheap product that you could use for this is the solar sail from Intex, made from bubble wrap, but these sails do not last very long. A better and more sustainable option is a SunnyTent, which ensures that the heat is retained.