Extending Your Pool Season While Still Preparing for Winter
Blog | 8.31.2023
It can be difficult to say goodbye to pool season, especially when you’ve put so much time and work into keeping your water crystal clear all summer. Still, even though it will eventually be too cold for you to take a dip, there are definitely some ways in which you can extend your swim time, all while making sure the pool is ready for closing time when the autumn chill rolls around.
To stay swimming for just a bit more after Labor Day has come and gone, and to even get your next pool season started early, consider these tips:
Add a Solar Cover
The two biggest reasons why you might want to avoid taking a swim are that it’s either too cold outside or in the pool, and while we can’t control the weather, there is an easy way to manage your pool’s water temperature: the use of a solar cover.
Solar covers absorb heat from the sun and transfer it into your pool while also keeping any early-fall leaves from becoming too much of a nuisance. You simply pull it over your pool when it’s not in use and let it work its magic. The best part is that solar covers are cost-effective, too, which is always a good thing. Solar reels also help to make using a solar cover so much easier, simply roll on and roll off. Addition of a liquid solar cover in conjunction with a solar cover also helps to keep heat in while the thick solar cover is removed! Check out liquid solar covers to see how they help.
Add a Solar Heater
Solar heaters work with the uv rays from the sun much like a solar cover, however a solar heater is condensed to heat water quicker. A solar heater works by water from your pool going through your filter into the solar heater into small tubes that heat up from the sun and let the warm water back into the pool.
There are many different types and sizes of solar heaters to choose from. More than one solar heater can be used in most cases creating more surface area for your water to warm up faster. Let your Valley sales team help you choose which one is best for your pool.
Get a Pool Heater
Pool heaters can turn your pool into an aquatic paradise from late spring deep into the fall. Sometimes the crisp air during these times of the year can feel magnificent when you’ve got a perfectly heated pool to contrast it, and you don’t necessarily need to run your heater all season long, either. You can simply turn it on when you’re looking to extend the year’s pool time just a bit longer.
There are two main kinds of pool heaters — natural gas and electric — and both have their own pros and cons. One may be far better suited to your specific pool or home than the other, so if you are in the market for a heater, reach out to us at Valley Pool & Spa for a full rundown of what each option has to offer.
Staying Ready for Winter
With all of the enjoyment you’ll be getting out of your pool in its new extended season, it can be easy to forget that you still need to stay ready for closing time as winter rolls around. To make sure you are, follow these tips:
Stock Up on Closing Chemicals
You don’t want to start closing only to realize you don’t have the chemicals you need to get the job done. Make sure you’ve got everything you need for when it comes time to close the pool for the winter.
Keep Your Pool Clean
Closing becomes a much longer process if you need to do a hefty amount of cleaning before you can get started. Stay on top of things during the extended season, like scrubbing the walls and floors with one of the large assortments of wall brushes and surface pool cleaner from Valley Pool & Spa.
Also get your water tested regularly, even during the last few weeks before closing and life will be far simpler when the season comes to an end.
Get a Before Winter Cover
Leaf and mesh covers are meant to allow your water to breathe and release bad gasses off the water during the fall while keeping leaves and large debris at bay when the weather starts to shift from summer to fall.
Safety covers for in-ground pools and some above grounds may be primarily designed for protection, of course, but they also offer some other advantages. They’re easier to both store and clean, which means breaking yours out when it’s time to close won’t be such a hassle, and they’re also easier to deal with when it comes time to reopen, so you can get the season started as soon as possible. Not to mention, they look much more neat and clean than a bunch of water bags around your in-ground pool all winter.