When installing a pool, it is good to have an understanding of how much the pool costs to maintain, both in time and money. There are of course ways you can save both, but you need to ensure that your pool is still getting the required amount of maintenance to look great and run efficiently.
Letâ€™s take a look at some of the costs involved, keeping in mind that exact costs will vary depending on the size of your pool, how often you use it and where you are located.
A pool at home can account for quite a good percentage of your yearly power bill â€“ sometimes up to 30% – and is often the biggest user of power in your home. Power consumption takes in the pump, which tends to need to cycle for between 6 â€“ 10 hours a day, and heating if you have installed it. Generally, you could expect the pump to use around $80-$100 a month, and heating anywhere from $100 – $1500 a year depending on the type of heating you have (solar is always going to be the better option).
How much evaporation occurs really depends on your location, the temperature, the humidity, and often the wind. An uncovered pool can lose up to 5ml of water per day, which for a standard 8 x 4m pool is 160 litres. You can save some water by using a pool cover, particularly in times when you are not using the pool, but it is essential to keep an eye on the water level so that your pump is working correctly.
Now maintenance is where you can save a little bit of money, but it comes in swapping with time. You could organise for a pool cleaner to come in every 4 to 6 weeks and test your pool chemical levels, topping them up and making sure everything is running smoothly. The alternative is that you can clean the pool yourself regularly and take a sample of pool water to your local pool shop. They will test the water and let you know what chemicals your pool needs.
So how much does a pool cost? Well, thatâ€™s up to you and how much time you spend maintaining it. It isnâ€™t inexpensive to own a pool, but ensuring it is maintained regularly will give you peace of mind that pool equipment like the pump will last longer and require fewer repairs and replacements than if you didnâ€™t maintain the pool