As we approach the colder fall and winter months, we will rely more on our pool heaters. We don’t want our pools to be too cold nor do we want them to feel like warm bathwater. So how do you pick the right temperature for your pool? It depends on both your personal preferences and how you are using your pool. Here is a simple guide to picking the right water temperature for your backyard swimming pool.
Here is a simple guide to picking the right water temperature for your backyard swimming pool.
There are a couple of considerations for picking a good temperature for your pool. The first is how much you plan on using your pool during the colder months. Heating a pool can be a waste of money if you aren’t swimming or using your pool. So consider how often you will use your pool, you may be better off in the coldest months only turning on your heater when you plan on swimming or just putting on the pool cover until the warm weather returns. You can also reduce your heating costs by using solar blankets to help keep the water warm.
You also need to consider how you use your pool. If you are using your pool for therapeutic reasons like water or physical therapy, you may want the water temperature to be warmer because it will be easier on your muscles and joints. If you are using it for exercise like swimming laps, you may want the temperature to be a little cooler because working out increases internal body temperature. However, if you are just using your pool for fun and relaxation, you may want to set your temperature between the standard 75-82° F (23-27° C).
Finally, there are also some environmental factors to consider when setting your pool temperature. If your pool has a lot of shade, you may want to set the temperature a little higher. However, if your pool is located in direct sun, you may want to set it a little lower.
There is no one ideal temperature for a swimming pool. What temperature you choose to keep your pool depends entirely on how much you want to spend, how often you use your pool, what you use your pool for, and where your pool is located. So when setting your pool temperature this winter and fall, just consider your personal needs.