You backyard swimming pool sits glistening in the midday sunlight. You throw on your swimsuit, head out the patio door only to be hit with a wave of icy cold air.
It’s too cold to go swimming. So when is it warm enough to use your backyard swimming pool comfortably?
It’s always a good idea to check your outdoor thermometer — or at least your smartphone — before heading outside to swim in the pool. If the air temperature is below 70 degrees F, most people probably aren’t going to feel too comfortable once they get out of the water — even if they have a heated pool.
Temperatures in the 80s or higher are even better for taking a dip in your backyard swimming pool. Once temperatures start edging into the 90s and higher, the pool starts to be more of a refuge than a recreational spot.
But air temperature is only half the equation when it comes to figuring out when to go in your pool. Even if the air is warm, if your water is too cold you aren’t going to be comfortable swimming in your pool.
If your pool is heated, you can control the temperature of the water by adjusting the thermostat. Most people find water temperatures of 78 to 82F to be ideal. Hotel pools are often set slightly higher — between 84 and 86F.
Water temperatures of 65 to 70F will feel cold for swimmers. And anything below 64F will feel too cold to swim comfortably.
If your pool is not heated, you may have to wait for the sun to come out to warm your pool water. Sun and air temperature are the biggest influencers on the temperature of the water in an unheated pool.
Swimming in your backyard pools if fun and water temperatures are comfortable.
If you are considering installing a new backyard swimming pool or upgrading your existing pool, you should be aware of some of the most contemporary design features of modern pools.
Here are five pool design ideas you may want to incorporate into you new backyard pool.
Probably the biggest thing in backyard pools right now is the infinity ledgel. These are popular for pools installed adjacent to a scenic view — such as next to an ocean or valley — and feature an edge that allows water from the pool to fall off into a capture tank.
When people are using the pool and the pool is going off into infinity. It was a design that was made popular at many four-star resorts that are finally making its way to the home pool market.
Another new design element is the water feature. These usually are fountains, waterfalls or other types of moving water that offer both movement and sound to the backyard pool experience.
Pools with water features are more scenic and soothing, making these additions very popular for new pool construction.
Elaborate lighting systems for backyard pools are also popular right now. From colored underwater flood lamps that illuminate your pool in the color of your choice to LED pinpoint lights that can be installed in the pool’s decks, walls, and bottom, extravagant lighting is all the rage right now.
Many new pools feature shallows spaces along one side of the pool where swimmers can rest, relax and play in shallow water.
The perfect addition to a backyard pool for homes with small children, lounging ledges offer comfort, security and convenience all in one.
Hot Tub Spas
While they are not new, hot tub spas are still a popular addition to the backyard pool.
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