Heated Pool Practicalities for the Winter Season

Heated pool

A heated pool, with steam rising from its surface on an icy cold winter’s night, sounds like a scene from a Hollywood film. Perhaps something to consider in terms of ways of “chilling” through this lockdown period. But let’s not get carried away!

Yes, a steamy pool is great if you can afford it, and by following a few basic and condensed guidelines, you can keep it heated and maintained without getting burnt or paying like a movie star. 

Let’s warm things up by exploring a few heated pool practicalities:

Self-Maintenance Checklist:

  1. Always store chemicals in a dark place and out of reach of children and pets.
  2. Invest in a pool cover and keep your pumps and baskets clean. 
  3. Backwash the system at least once a week and maintain your water levels.
  4. Keep a close eye on the below advised chemical readings: Alkaline 80 -120ppm; Calcium 250 – 450ppm; pH 7.2 – 7.6.

Solar or Electric? Choosing the right heated pool method for winter:

If you are in a position to go “all steamy” with a heated pool, there are some basic considerations when it comes to your available options. 

Here’s the long and short of it:

Solar Heating has quite a high start-up cost and faces environmental restrictions in terms of access to optimal sunlight and the transport of water within the system. If the latter is complicated, an additional pump may need to be applied. But a solar heating option requires very little maintenance and can last between 15 and 30 years of concurrent use. You could expect to pay a system like this off in about two years. 

Electric Heating is cheaper to install. This type of system warms faster and the regular use of a pool cover can lower the inevitable monthly utility costs of achieving its set temperature. However, should any power or heating failure occur, you are not advised to tend to these systems yourself. Electrical components, by nature, are more susceptible to breakages and smaller accessories may need inspection and/or replacement by professionals. This can become costly. 

Heat your pool the Eco-smart way with a Salt Chlorinator:

Salt chlorination is a wonderful self-regenerative process of using (essentially) table salt to self-produce chlorine gas within your pool’s own ecosystem via electrolysis. This system cleans itself out just like the ocean and, believe it or not, comes with a very small fraction of its taste too. Minerals captured through rainwater, combined with the effective power of a chlorine generator, drive this production whereby the gas that sanitises the water converts itself back to salt again. 

The Benefits of Salt Chlorination:

  1. Fits virtually all pool and jacuzzi sizes
  2. No additional chemicals are required to maintain the chlorination cycle.  
  3. Creates a hypoallergenic aquatic environment, free from skin, eye or ear irritants
  4. More natural & holistic experience
  5. Little to no ongoing maintenance is required
  6. Very cost-effective (based on the initial investment outlay)

Waterware – Heating up every drop

Turn up the Fahrenheit in your heated pool this winter with some professional help. With seasoned experience in all things irrigation, pumps and filtration, Waterware supplies a market-leading range of DABSpeckQuality and other leading domestic pool pumps to homes around South Africa. 

Need to know if your pool pump needs replacing? Read the signs. 

‘Stay cool by the pool’ and get in touch with our team today to help address and discuss any of your concerns.