What works and what doesn’t for cooling pool water
Our south Louisiana heat seems to cause issues every summer for pool owners as the water in the pool gets warmer than they would like. And while it may seem easy to fault the pool builder for uncomfortably warm water, having temperatures above 95 degrees are usually the main culprit.
When it comes to cooling down the water in your pool, there are some effective ways to get this done, but they may not be the ones you think!
Two ways to effectively lower the temperature of your pool are to install fountains and to use your solar panels at night.
- Fountains help water evaporate more quickly, cooling the temperature of the whole pool. The greatest temperature drop takes place when you run the fountains at night, so make sure that you leave them on at night as well.
- Solar panels are usually used for heating the pool, but if you let them run at night, the opposite effect takes place.
What doesn’t work
If you were surprised by the fact that fountains and solar panels can cool the pool, you may be even more surprised to know that ice and pool covers won’t help.
- Ice. It works in a beverage, so why wouldn’t it work in your pool? The problem is that the pool is much larger than a glass of lemonade or water, so the amount of ice necessary to cool it would be incredibly large. Also, like the drink eventually gets warm, once the ice melted, the pool would get hot again too.
- Pool covers prevent water from evaporating, keeping all the energy and heat in the pool. This may keep the pool warmer when it’s cold outside, but it won’t do much to cool it down this summer.