The weather can be unpredictable. One day warm and sunny, the next, dull and overcast, or worse! This can be tricky for you as a pool owner. You want the best possible conditions to enjoy your swimming pool all summer long.
You want warm water, right? So how do you make sure that you can still enjoy your pool, despite the weather. After all, nobody wants to swim in cold water. We, at SunnyTent have some tips for you. Some practical advice on how best (and economically) to heat up your (Intex or Bestway) swimming pool.
1.Make use of the “greenhouse-principle”, for heating up the water.
The SunnyTent will not only keep the water clean, but also helps to retain the temperature of the water. It acts almost as a greenhouse for your pool.
From mid-April to mid-September, the average temperature is a greenhouse is almost always 25 degrees plus. Even when the sun is not shining.
The SunnyTent is an all-in-one solution, as the water remains clean and warm, without having to buy all the expensive solutions.
2.When do you catch the “swimming-bug”?
Before you answer the question of what is the best way to heat up your pool, it is worth asking yourself how often and when you will use it. There are different ways to heat up the water, some more expensive and some more effective than others.
If you like to swim from April to September, the SunnyTent is a good solution to heating the water.
If you are a true ‘water-rat’ and like to swim all year round, then it is worth considering a heat pump. With this pump, you can, in principle, swim throughout the year.
If you are a ‘fair-weather’ swimmer, then a pump should not be necessary, as the sun will do the work of heating the water.
So, the question is, how far are you willing to go to heat the water and how often will you actually use your pool.
3. Keep the dimensions of the pool in mind.
How long it takes to heat the water will depend on how much water is in the pool. The simplest and easiest way is through solar energy. The smaller the pool and the lower the depth of the water, the quicker it will heat up. For a larger pool and a larger body of water it will take longer.
For a larger pool, the sun does not have enough energy to penetrate very deep and heat the water very effectively. The deeper the pool and the larger it is, the more energy it takes to keep the water at a comfortable temperature.
4. Consider the location of the pool.
Try not to place the pool directly on a cold surface. For example, maybe lay some Styrofoam padding under the pool, before you build/inflate it. This padding will help retain the heat, as it is heat insulating.
5.Think about where you place your pool.
Why do you place your pool in a particular spot? Because of the space? Or because it ‘always goes there’? Where you locate, your pool can be important for both cleaning and heating. For example, it is best not to place your Intex pool under or near a big tree. Why? Because everything that falls from that tree will end up in your pool!
Also, the shade will prevent the sun from doing its job of heating up the water.
6. How hot is hot enough?
Everyone has their own preference. Some like it at 28 degrees, while others are happiest with a few degrees cooler.
If you have a large pool and are using a heat pump, these couple of degrees can have a big impact on your energy bill.
So, try to identify the most comfortable temperature for yourself and what the possible cost maybe. With a SunnyTent, the pool water will almost always be at 25 degrees from mid-April to mid-September.
7. Warming up the pool and keeping it warm.
The first step to achieving warm pool water, is, of course, initially heating it up. Heat rises, so most heat is lost through the surface. With a good insulating cover, you can make sure that the heat is retained.
A possible cheap option to do this is a solar cover layer, made of bubble-wrap, by Intex. But once removed, this does not work in the longer term, as the heat can escape.
A SunnyTent is a better option, in that the heat is retained as long as the SunnyTent remains covering the pool.