Having a pool in Arizona is almost a necessity with the heat that takes over the state for nearly half the year, especially in the Phoenix region where we are located. BUT having a pool comes with responsibilities and expenses and sometimes it is more than we expected. A pool is an investment and something you will consistently put money into to maintain it. The better you care for your pool and equipment, the longer it will last and the more money you can save in the end. Because of this, we thought it would be helpful to put together our list of ways to save money when it comes to caring for and maintaining your pool. Listed below are our 5 money saving tips for pool owners.
Caring for your pool equipment is one of the best money saving tips we have for all of our clients. Pool equipment, even from the small stuff, can add up over time if not properly taken care of. A list of pool equipment that you should be taking proper care of includes:
Placing your pool brushes, filters, and skimmer nets in a shed or a secure place in the garage can help to keep the equipment in pristine conditions for as long as possible. Also, make sure that your pool pump and heater systems are protected properly and if you notice any cracks or leaks in the systems, have your local pool company make repairs immediately. Most pool pump/filter systems have some sort of protective barrier that keeps water and debris out to ensure all technical mechanisms continue to function properly.
While it seems minimal, switching to LED lights is one of our 5 money saving tips for pool owners that is easy and a long-term money-saver. LED lights can last up to 20 years and are energy efficient, which means all of those late-night swims won’t affect your electricity bill when you run the pool lights for hours on end. They also come in multiple colors, which can add an updated and fun feel to your pool when you are feeling like it is looking dated.
This one may surprise people, but hiring a professional to care for your pool can actually save
you money in the long run and here’s why:
This seems strange in a place that reaches 120 degrees for months on end but during the winter a lot of Arizonians use their pools year-round which means heating is probably occurring during the winter months. Heating your pool can get extremely pricy which is why we suggest only heating your pool during off-peak hours and only when you know you will be swimming in it. Depending on the type of heating system you have, the cost of heating your pool will vary. If you have a normal heat pump, it will take on average anywhere from 24-72 hours to increase the temperature of your pool by 20 degrees and cost between $6-$8 per hour. Of course, the size of your pool will affect the cost but on average you could be spending roughly $140-$575 just to heat your pool one time. Before you heat your pool every day, make sure you know the cost involved.
Whether you are running your pool pump or pool heater, it is important to do so during off-peak hours. Every city and state has a different guideline for off-peak hours. In Phoenix, off-peak hours from May to October are 8pm – 5am and from November to April off-peak hours are usually 9pm-5am. Running your pool systems during off-peak hours will save you money on your electricity bill, which is why it is one of our 5 money saving tips for pool owners that we know everyone can get on board with.
Whether you own a pool or are considering getting one installed, it is important to know the different ways you can save money as a pool owner. Take into consideration our 5 money saving tips for pool owners and see how much you can save annually by making a few small changes in your pool care routine. We want you to enjoy your pool, not be worried about how much money it is costing you!