Temperatures in California may at times exceed 127 degrees Fahrenheit (52.8 degrees Celsius) in the summer. Given the fact that water is quite excellent in retaining heat, it follows that swimming pools generally become too hot and unsuitable for use in the summer. In the following discussions, you will get to know of the various ways and means of keeping your pool cool if and when that happens.
You may sprinkle or dump large quantities of ice onto the pool surface. The cold ice lowers the temperature of the pool water. This method is quite expensive though. Its impact is also temporary and it may increase the level of water in the pool excessively.
Install a Pool Cooler
A pool cooler is a large device that operates on the evaporation and heat transfer principles. Hot/warm water flows into it, bypasses a fan, and suddenly becomes cold. The cold water is released back into the pool. It subsequently cools the pool water by as much as 10-15 degrees. It is also expensive and requires professional installations.
Install a Swimming Pool Fountain/Aerator
This device cools the pool by way of spraying pool water into the air. In the course of so doing, some of the water will evaporate and draw heat from the rest of the water. This, in turn, cools the pool. To obtain the best results, you will have to do so at night, rather than in the daytime.
Fix a Pool Chiller
A pool chiller is a special machine which gets rid of excess heat from pool waters via a vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration cycle. The hot pool water is circulated through a heat exchanger to cooling equipment. It will cost you a fortune, but it is very effective and reliable in the long run.
Erecting a pool mister cooler is a very effective way of creating a cool and relaxed ambiance in your home. It basically works by taking water from your pool’s return jets and passes it through a cool sprayer pipe from a fixed height. The water is cooled through the evaporation-cooling concept. By opting for this technique, you achieve the dual benefits of cooling both your pool and the surrounding environment.
Construct an Awning
An awning is basically a sheet of canvas or any other material that may be stretched on a frame and used to keep off the sun from a pool. It basically blocks the harmful rays of the sun from striking the pool and thereby raising its temperature. It also provides you shade under which you may relax from the hot sun.
Clear Adjacent Vegetation
Vegetation in and around the pool area may also trap heat and thus contribute to increasing the pool water temperature. You may, therefore, consider clearing such vegetation from time to time. This will reduce the quantity of heat trapped and with it, any possibility of increasing the pool water temperatures.
Install a Reverse-Cycle Heat Pump
Reverse-cycle heat pumps are devices that use refrigerant to maintain the temperatures of the pool waters at some standard or predefined level. They do so by running heating or cooling cycles. They are also cheaper, and easier to maintain and operate. This is clearly an option you may want to explore.
Considering the very many options available, coupled with the financial implications that the task of cooling pool waters come along with, you are strongly advised to involve an expert throughout the process of identifying and installing the most appropriate pool cooler. It is only in this way that you will arrive at the best option besides deriving maximum returns on the amount of money you invest.