Everyone has thought about buying a house with a pool or investing in one for their current home.
It’s one of those features that add a luxurious element to the house. Not only does it look good, but it always helps to have a pool on a hot summer’s day. However, most of the time, people refrain as it is too tiresome to maintain, especially when it is not used.
Ensuring that the pool is always clean and ready for use is not something everyone can spend time doing. This is where self-cleaning pools come into play. This has been a great system to ensure the water stays clean.
And, while it eliminates a lot of the work, is it worth the investment? We have gathered a bunch of information to help you figure out if pools like these are all that they claim to be.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into it.
What Is A Self-Cleaning Pool?
Before we go into the nitty-gritty of whether it is something you should look into, we must discuss what this system is and how it works.
The idea is simple - to have the water constantly move so that there is no collection of any kind of dirt. That is how water in mountains and hinterland remains clean. Water that is not stagnant will have lower bacteria levels, hence remaining clean. For this to happen, a cleaning system is installed in the pool.
This in-floor cleaning system is, as the name suggests, installed into the pool floor. They are essential jets that keep the water moving, kind of like a hot tub. However, instead of making the water bubble, it filters out the water.
The jets push the water to the drain, where it filters it and circulates the water back to the pool. Any debris in the water is caught in the canister during this process, thoroughly cleaning the water. An interesting thing is that it cleans by circulating water that's from the bottom to the top, ensuring every nook and cranny is clean.
Additionally, if your pool tends to catch leaves, these systems can take care of that. The leaves are caught in a separate filter before the water goes through the debris filter. However, it is imperative to remember that these systems only work with in-ground pools.
Benefits Of A Self-Cleaning Pool
Judging by the amount that it can do, it’s evident that there are many benefits to getting something like this fitted. Let’s have a look at some of the ways it can make your life a little easier.
1. Resale Value
One of the most common and spoken-about benefits of having self-cleaning pools is how it increases the value of the house. A regular pool makes any home more appealing to potential buyers, so naturally, these self-cleaning ones would do even better on the market.
While maintaining a pool can be a bit of a task, you having to not clean it eliminates most of the work. It is easy to show potential buyers that they can truly enjoy the pool.
2. Clean floor and water
This is quite self-explanatory. We believe that the best thing about having an in-floor system is that not only does it keep the water clean but also the floor. We have already mentioned that water circulation ensures no collection of algae or bacteria on the surface.
In addition, it keeps the floor clean since the cleaning process involves moving water that is at the bottom towards the surface.
3. Balanced chemical content
One of the best things about having this cleaning system is that it will not mess with the water’s chemical balance. There is nothing new being added, just water being filtered and circulated. This is why the chemicals remain consistent. Additionally, this system can save you more than $500 on chemicals.
4. Less need for maintenance
Needless to say, the maintenance goes way down once the pool can clean itself. There is no need to hire any professional services or walk around in the sun trying to clean it yourself.
5. Temperature Control
Since water is circulated to clean, the water in the bottom mixes with the top. Irrespective of the weather, the circulation and mixing ensure that the water temperature stays consistent and even. Thus, it reduces the chance of you finding that occasional hot or cold spot in the pool.
It Can’t Be All Good, Right?
All good things have a hint of bad and self-cleaning pools are not an exception. As good as they may sound, they come with their own set of issues.
The first thing to remember is that it takes up a lot of energy, much more than a regular pool. So, if you are looking for an environmentally friendly cleaning system, this is not it. Plus, it will increase expenses.
Speaking of expenses, it’s not just the energy consumption that will increase costs; installation itself can cost a lot more than a regular pool. People have paid more than a thousand dollars for this. Hence, it is considered a massive investment, and while it does make life easier, it is a luxury.
3. Appearance And Safety
One significant issue is that these jets tend to stick out on the floor, making them very visible. If you like to maintain a specific finish and look this might hamper it. There have also been instances where people stub their toes against the jet.
Is It Worth The Money?
Judging by the pros and cons, it seems highly beneficial whilst being an expensive investment at the same time. It can filter the water, keep the floor clean and remove dirt that might not even be visible to the naked eye.
Additionally, it is a better way to heat the pool during the winter months. This is because the water, warmed by the winter sun, on the top is constantly mixed.
If you think about hiring professionals as an alternative, it may not be cost-effective in the long run. These services tend to charge quite a bit and keep changing their prices too. At least this way, it is a one-time investment with smaller payments here and there.
Is A Self-Cleaning Pool Right For You
Deciding on investing in self-cleaning pools can be challenging. That is why we put together this short guide to, hopefully, make the decision a little easier for you.
In case you decide not to invest in one, it does not mean you need to clean the pool. There are tons of alternatives, such as getting a robotic pool cleaner or hiring a pool maintenance company. At the end of the day, what matters is finding the ideal way to get the pool cleaned.
On that note, we shall take your leave and be back with many more guides and tips.
See you next time!