With the right equipment, backyard pools can stay open all winter long
That nip in the air has us wondering: When’s the best time to close our backyard pools for the winter?
“Never,” says Todd Edwards, director of sales and marketing at Genco Pools & Spas. “Here in the South, you can keep your pool open all year long if you like, assuming you have the proper equipment.”
With late autumns and early springs — and mostly mild winters in between — many Upstate pool owners love stretching out the poolside season. A covered pool can’t compete with the aesthetics of clear, sparkling water, even or perhaps especially on those rare occasions when there’s snow on the deck. And, surprisingly, making the most of a pool through all four seasons can be more cost-effective over time than covering it up in the cold.
“Your pool can be just as beautiful in the off-season as it is in the summer,” Edwards says. “You don’t necessarily have to cover and close for the winter — you have options.”
SIMPLIFY POOL OWNERSHIP WITH AUTOMATION
Genco Pools & Spas specializes in these options, whether it’s a new project or upgrades to existing pools. With breadth and depth of experience more than three decades deep, the locally owned company designs, builds and services residential and commercial pools, spas, fountains and more. It’s the go-to knowledge center for the products that simplify pool ownership.
Genco installs Energy Star-rated variable speed pumps as standard equipment, while competitors sell them as upgrades. The company also specializes in industry-leading automation systems from brands such as Pentair and Hayward, which make operating a pool as simple as tapping your phone or other mobile device.
“Automation streamlines control of pool pumps, heating products, sanitizing, water chemistry, water features and lighting,” Edwards says. “It makes everything easier, more efficient. Automation is the biggest trend in pools today.”
Automation allows you to keep your pool open all winter long, and there are pros aplenty to doing so, including:
Extend the swim season. An energy-efficient pool heater means more time to play, swim laps or simply relax by the side of the pool.
Enjoy the view. Today’s pools are designed for aesthetics as well as enjoyment, so make the most of it.
Eliminate the cover. Forego the expense of purchasing and storing a seasonal cover; however, if you do want the convenience of occasionally covering the pool, prior to a winter storm or for safety reasons, consider a retractable Coverstar.
Winter pool maintenance is a little easier, since chemicals last longer without UV rays to burn them away.
Skip the reopening process in the spring. If you never close the pool, you never have to reopen it, and this, for many homeowners, is the biggest benefit.
Save money. Automated, variable speed pumps are up to 70% more energy-efficient than standard models, and putting one to use eliminates winterizing expenses and reopening costs; over time, these savings mitigate the cost of upgrading.
“Keeping a pool running over the winter might sound expensive,” Edwards says, “but with energy-efficient products and the ease of automation, you can do it for pennies on the dollar.”