home-swimming-pools5If you have decided to build a pool in your home, there are a few things that you should know. We have already discussed whether or not a pool can add value to your home. While some buyers may be looking for a home with a pool, others may be bothered by upkeep and safety issues that go along with having a pool.

When you are adding a pool to your home, the first thing to consider is the cost. Installing a pool can start at approximately $30,000, and depending on any additional luxury or aesthetic features you may be considering, it can easily run towards six figures.

When you are choosing the material for your pool, it is important to factor cost in the short run versus the long run. Concrete can be the most expensive material for pools, but because it is durable and gives more options for customization, it is preferable to vinyl or fiberglass.

Because the filtration system in a pool uses the most energy, you want to find the most energy-efficient pump possible in order to save money on utilities. Again, this is a case of an upfront-investment saving you money in the long-term. This is because newer, variable speed pumps that use up to 80% less energy than older, single-speed pumps can cost upwards of $1,500. It’s a good idea to check with your local utilities company about whether or not they offer a rebate, however.

While gas heaters may be less expensive in upfront costs, they tend to be the most expensive to operate and maintain. You will be better off choosing an electric heat pump if you are planning on heating your pool. Electric heat pumps extract heat from the surrounding air and transfer it to the water. While they take longer to heat up the pool, they are significantly more energy-efficient and can save you money. It’s also a good idea to remember to cover your pool with a solar blanket when it is not in use. This will trap heat and prevent evaporation, again saving you money.

Don’t forget to consider the cost of maintaining the pool as part of your budget for installing it. Pools require that water be balanced for pH, alkalinity, and calcium levels, as well as sanitation to control bacteria and germs.

It’s also a good idea to check your homeowner’s insurance. While a standard policy typically covers a pool, you may want to raise your liability.

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy the new pool in your home.

new, variable-speed pumps use up to 80% less energy than old single-speed pumps

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