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Renovate your pool for eco-friendliness

Town & Country Pool Builders, serving Virginia, DC & Maryland offer eco-friendly renovation ideas 

Swimming pools can be both eco-and environmentally friendly and if you let your pool contractor from Town & Country Pools know that is one of your aims in your pool renovation project, he can help you make that dream a reality. While the actual construction and building material for a swimming pool may not be wholly environmentally friendly it is still possible to own a swimming pool and still be a friend to the ecosystem in your backyard.

Here are some tips from Maryland swimming pool contractors on how to have a “greener” swimming pool and we don’t mean algae!:

  • Using a variable speed pool pump is not only environmentally friendly, but is friendly to your family budget because you will save on your utility bills. Variable speed pumps make good financial sense and they operate at higher speeds for more taxing tasks such as vacuuming and lower speeds for tasks such as circulating the water.
  • Have your pool contractor install pool equipment that has high Energy Star ratings.
  • Use less chlorine. You can use less chlorine by using a swimming pool cover and by adding chlorine at night, after the sun has gone down. Evaporation not only takes away water, but the chlorine that has been added.
  • Using a pool cover will help your pool be more eco-friendly.
  • Check the pool for leaks. A slow leak can lead to your having to refill the pool on a regular basis and that uses natural resources and adds to your utility bills.
  • When adding lights to the swimming pool make certain yo look for energy efficient lighting such as LED lighting or solar lighting.
  • Use, or install, fewer pool accessories such as rock waterfalls or fountains. They consume electricity unnecessarily.

Talk with us to uncover even more eco- and environmentally friendly actions you can take for your swimming pool.

 

 

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Benefits of swimming pool covers

Town & Country Pool Builders in Maryland extol the benefits of swimming pool covers

Swimming pool covers, the pool contractors from Town & Country Pool builders, shouldn’t be considered a pool accessory, it should be considered a pool necessity and it should be part of the overall swimming pool construction project. A swimming pool cover keeps your pool free from falling debris and if you invest in a safety cover it can keep pets and children from falling in and using a pool cover can cut back on the amount of chemicals you may need to use in the pool and could help retain heat. All of these sound like pretty good reasons to invest in a quality pool cover, don’t you agree?

One of the biggest ways a swimming pool costs a pool owner money is through energy loss through water evaporation.  If you’re using a swimming pool heater without a cover you could potentially lose 1 BTU per pound of water that evaporates. If you heat your pool water to 80 degrees, you could potentially lose up to 1,048 BTUs of heat  and that can truly impact your family’s utility bills.

A pool cover will help save energy and water by reducing the rate at which water evaporates. If you cover your swimming pool when you’re not using it you can significantly reduce the amount of energy required to keep the pool at a swim-friendly temperature. Using the pool cover diligently means you might save up to 50% on your heating bill, over the increase you’re noticing once you have a pool installed.

There are myriad styles of pool covers but if you want to go low-tech, a large, thick plastic sheet can be used.  This is not an ideal option because it’s not easy to put on, take off or store. It could work as a short term measure, but is not ideal for long term. Covers can certainly be purchased online, but your best bet is to work with your swimming pool contractor to assure you’re getting a high quality cover that fits your pool like a glove.

As with any piece of pool equipment you will have to upgrade and replace it after several years of use. Replacing a pool cover can also mean you’re going to get a cover that has higher technology and could provide a better layer of protection.

Because pool covers are not always easy to put on and take off you may want to have an electric powered cover installed. Be aware that this could add an additional price to your pool project of up to $10,000, but talk with us to see what your potential return on investment would be in energy and chemical savings by using a pool cover.

Bottom line, pool covers save you money and are environmentally friendly.

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Can you have a pool if you have a small yard?

Maryland, Virginia & DC pool contractors explain how to have a pool if you have a small yard

If you have a small yard, does that mean you can’t have a swimming pool? The swimming pool contractors from Town & Country Pools say the answer is a resounding, “no.” If you have a small back yard but want to own a swimming pool, there are many ways in which to make that happen without sacrificing your entire yard to a pool. Here are some items to consider:

  • Have the pool abut a wall or fence. You will sacrifice a portion of your pool deck if you do this, but you will also be able to have space for the pool without having it set in the middle of the yard. There may be regulations in your area that state how close you can build to a wall or fence, but your pool contractor will have the answers.
  • Choose a shape that will use the space wisely. Don’t feel you have to drop a rectangle pool shape in your back yard. If your yard has a unique shape, consider a pool that flows along with that shape. This will likely mean you will need to have a gunite pool project as this is the most flexible pool building material.
  • Invest in a lap pool. These pools are a single “lane” of swimming pool and are ideal if you want to swim laps but they can also work for families with children who want to swim.
  • If you truly want a pool for workout reasons alone, invest in a pool that has jets installed that will help amp up your workout because you will be swimming against the current.
  • Don’t feel you have to remove your current landscaping to accommodate the pool. Incorporate the pool into the existing yard space and have a more natural pool look.

If, because you’re going to have a small pool and you may have money left over for amenities, invest in items that amp up the aesthetics of the pool, whether it’s a fountain or a waterfall or even a stunning deck and outdoor living space.

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