As the season draws to a close, why not consider a few simple actions and energy-efficient equipment that will allow you to make significant savings while limiting the environmental impact of your pool, starting next year and for years to come.
A solar cover is a practical way to lower the cost of maintaining your pool. It helps maintain water temperature, prevents debris from accumulating on the surface, slows down water evaporation and reduces the use of chemicals.
Two-speed pool pump
Save up to 70% on your electricity costs by choosing a two-speed pump. The low-speed mode is more economical and should be used at all times. It allows you to filter more slowly, without affecting the quality of the water. The high-speed mode is recommended when cleaning the pool and when there are many swimmers.
The timer allows you to set the pump to run only at certain times, without compromising water quality. According to Hydro-Quebec, up to 45% of the costs related to filtration can be saved by using a timer, which is about $110 per summer for a 24' diameter above ground pool. The cost (about $100) can be recovered in one swimming season.
The heat pump is, without a doubt, the most economical way to heat a pool. For an average size pool, you can easily save up to 75% on the energy costs of heating the water. The heat pump uses electrical energy to extract heat from the ambient air and transmit it to the pool water with great energy efficiency.
For additional savings:
- Consider lowering the heat pump’s set point temperature by two degrees.
- Install your heat pump in an area with a good air supply.
There are add-on treatment systems that reduce the use of chlorine. Among others, we can mention salt chlorination and UV systems. The cost of these devices varies between $1,000 and $2,500, but the benefits are significant: more pleasant water for swimming, less impact on the environment and up to 50% to 90% less chemical use.
Talk to your Sima dealer about what equipment you need and ways to help you swim for less this summer!