How to choose a pool water temperature

Advanced Pool Care swimming pool contractors answer: How to choose a pool water temperature

Is there an ideal swimming pool water temperature? That is a question the swimming pool contractors from Advanced Pool Care get asked the question all the time. What is ideal for you, may not be ideal for your children or others who use the pool. An ideal temperature may change depending on what you’re doing in the water — floating around or swimming laps. The ideal water temperature is not a one size fits all for most families, but you can take some steps to begin to get it within the ideal range.

Ask yourself: Is there a temperature inside your home that is ideal for all family members? The answer is probably, “no” and the same holds true for pool water temps as well.

How to choose a pool water temperature

To get on the road toward the ideal pool water temperature ask your family this: How do you want the water to “feel”?

  1. Brisk
  2. Like bathwater
  3. Somewhere in between’

It is a delicate balancing act to get a water tempertuire that will suit almost everyone in the family. Pool contractors find that swimming pool water temperatures are most often considered comfortable if they’re between 78 and 82 degrees. Keep in mind, if you don’t have a swimming pool water heater, you won’t have to worry about setting an ideal temperature as Mother Nature will do it for you. however, using a solar pool cover will certainly draw in warmth and keep the water warmer.

Using a swimming pool heater is one of the best ways to heat the water to a temperature that will be suitable for most, if not all, of your family members.

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Keep in mind that the higher the water temperature, more pool chemicals will need to be used to keep the water clean because the heat will lead to faster bacteria growth. High water temperatures lead to a faster burn off of water sanitizer.

Let your pool contractor know if you’re planning to increase the pool water temps so he can adjust his cleaning and sanitizing schedule. Remember, too that heating your pool water will lead to increases in your home utility bills — make certain you budget for that.

Choose a starting point for your water temperature. Swim in it for a couple of days and see how everyone feels about its warmth. Adjust by one or two degrees at a time until you hit upon that magic temperature that most everyone can agree upon.

If you don’t have a pool water heater and would like one, give us a call and let’s get to work on getting it installed for you!

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