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Looking For A Pool Upgrade? Features To Consider Today

Whether you have an existing swimming pool that you want to upgrade or you're getting ready to install a new one, there are many things that you should consider. From energy efficiency to easy maintenance, here are four things that you should consider when you start planning out your custom pool work.

Salt Water Chlorinator

Installing a salt water chlorinator in your pool eliminates the need for chlorine in liquid or granular form. In fact, it will allow you to get rid of all of your chlorine containers. Salt water chlorination systems convert salt to chlorine on demand as the water needs it. This type of chlorination is automatic, treating the water without any intervention from you.

This type of chlorinator is convenient, because the automatic operation reduces the testing frequency required. Since you don't have to monitor the water condition to add chlorine, you can just check it periodically to ensure that the water is staying safely treated. And, you'll have less risk of the eye irritation that over-chlorination can cause.

Automatic Pool Filler

The natural evaporation process and routine pool use will cause the water level in your pool to drop over time. In most cases, this means dragging your hose out to the pool regularly to add more water. If you don't keep up with the water level, it can actually hinder your pool pump and filter's operation. To avoid these problems, consider adding an automatic filler to your swimming pool. These systems monitor the water level constantly and add water to the pool any time it falls below a programmed level.

Aggregate Pool Finish

Aggregate pool finishes create a unique surface for your pool's bottom. You can opt for a variety of materials, including crystal, quartz or smooth pebbles. Aggregate pool bottoms reflect light, making your pool water sparkle. And, if you opt for a finish like pebbles, the smooth stones will protect your feet from irritation or scratches in the water.

Energy Efficiency Features

Swimming pools can be costly in terms of energy consumption. If you're working on the pool anyway, it's a good opportunity to add some features that will help improve the overall efficiency of the pool. For example, new pool filters are often more efficient than the older style filters.

Installing a timer on the pool pump or opting for a programmable pump is another great way to reduce your costs and make your pool more efficient. Programmable pool pumps allow you to set the times when the pump runs in such a way that you only run the pump when necessary and you don't have to worry about forgetting to turn it off.

Another efficient option for your swimming pool is to reduce evaporation. Invest in a pool cover that you can install over the surface of the swimming pool to keep the water contained when you aren't using the pool. And, for even more benefit, make it a solar cover. That way, you can keep your pool water warm when it's covered, reducing or eliminating the need for a pool heater.

As you can see, there are many different upgrade options available for you to integrate into your swimming pool. Not only can you save money in the long run with efficiency upgrades, but custom pools can also be more effective, enjoyable and attractive. If you aren't comfortable doing this work on your own, you can talk with a swimming pool contractor or a pool and spa specialist about what options would work best for the pool that you have in mind. With the professional support and an understanding of these options, you can create the pool you've been looking for.