Here is a closer look at what pool chillers are and how they can be beneficial to your pool during the summer.
What is a Swimming Pool Chiller?
A pool water chiller helps to cool down the temperature of the pool water by pulling the excess heat out. Pool chillers come as stand alone units and also come included in some heat pump units. Heat pumps with chillers will have a reverse switch or optional chilling feature. There are many different options in a variety of sizes and prices.
Why A Chiller is a Good Idea
The biggest reason to purchase a chiller, of course, is for the comfort of swimmers using the pool. Nobody wants to swim in a hot pool.
Other great reasons and benefits of investing in a pool chiller include:
- The efficiency of your chlorine: Chlorine is not as helpful to your pool water at higher water temperatures. The warmer the water is the more chemicals you will need to use in your pool.
- Less Algae: Algae loves warm water. Lowering the pool temperature will greatly help to slow algae growth.
- Less evaporation: Pool water is always going to evaporate, but colder water evaporates much more slowly.
If you are constantly battling high water temperatures in your pool, have heat-related maintenance issues like constant recurring algae blooms, live in an area prone to extreme heat, or the pool is in direct sunlight all day a pool chiller is definitely worth considering. Is it needed? There might be others ways to fix these issues, but a chiller requires the least amount of labor.
How Much Do Pool Chillers Cost?
This will depend on a few factors of your pool including the size, as well as if you choose a stand-alone model or combo heat pump and chiller. The best way to ensure you are purchasing the right pool chiller within your budget is to talk to a pool maintenance professional.
Other Ways to Beat the Heat in Your Pool
If you are not quite sure about investing in a pool chiller some other options to help cool down your pool include:
- Water Features: waterfalls and fountains are pretty and fun, but they aren’t just for decoration. They help to keep the water moving which in turn keeps the pool temperature down a bit.
- Air Flow: Let the air flow around the surface of the pool. Take down anything that could be blocking a nice summer breeze from reaching the water. Keep in mind though, this will up the evaporation rate.
- Pull the Cover- covers are awesome at keeping gunk out of the pool and reducing evaporation, but they also trap in heat.