You don’t need the calendar to tell you that our most favorite time of the year has arrived in Phoenix. Your windows can stay open at night, Christmas carols are playing on an endless loop at the crowded stores and malls, and of course, the pool that is suddenly staying crystal clear and clean for more than a day or two is subtly mocking you from its placement in your backyard! These are all signs that winter in Arizona has arrived, and as much as you may be enjoying your time away from the yard chores, there are still a few things you need to know and do to ensure that your pool and the equipment that runs it will enjoy a long and fruitful life. This guide to winter Arizona pool care tips will keep it simple, so don’t worry; you will be back at the stores seeking the perfect Christmas gifts before long!
Utility Bills That Are Even Lower
We desert dwellers wait the entire year for bills that drop below the triple digits, and it is possible to reduce the run time for the pool pump (including the new and improved variable speed pump that has made pool care so much simpler) as the temperature drops below the triple digits as well. Lower the speed, lower the hours run, and live the low-cost utility life, and if you really want to save, you can practically eliminate the addition of free chlorine (liquid or granular) and control chlorine levels mostly by just floating tabs. Are you beginning to understand where this is all going? All the tips we at New Image Landscape and Pools are offering allow you to save money for the more important things in life, and that, of course, means the all-important Christmas presents!
Are There Any Changes for My Saltwater Pool?
Saltwater pools are the hottest development in pool construction, and yes, there are some things you will need to do differently for your private saltwater pool as well. First and foremost, it is advised to disable a salt cell when the water temperature drops below 50 degrees, which probably happened sometime in mid-October, because we all know that even though the daylight temperatures were running around 90 to 100 degrees, when the sun set, our less insulated friends were turning on their heaters in their homes and the pool temperatures were taking a nosedive. Today’s more advanced salt systems disable themselves when the water drops to below 50 but will continue to come on to check the water temperature. Disabling it will prolong the life of your salt cell, and although it may not save you money immediately, not having to buy a new salt cell sooner will make your bank account very happy!
What About the Alkalinity and pH Levels?
The hardest part of pool maintenance is keeping all the chemicals at the correct range, and when cooler weather arrives, there will be more to consider. You already know that you can concentrate less on the chlorine levels, but you may not know that it also increases the need for attention to your alkalinity and pH levels. Cooler water can increase the pH levels in a pool, so be sure to keep your alkalinity balanced, thereby helping maintain a better pH level. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, however, and it is important to make sure you don’t add more than two cups of acid to the pool in a 24-hour period. Muriatic acid and sodium bicarbonate (alkalinity increaser) can neutralize one another. Too much adjustment on the alkalinity can increase pH, and too much acid can decrease alkalinity.
The Bottom Line On Arizona Pool Care
Too many people stop paying as much attention to their pools in the wintertime because the pool isn’t their highest priority when not in use, but the pool needs just as much attention all year round to have healthy water, interior surface, and a smooth-running equipment system. This might be the perfect time to catch up on any maintenance issues that the heat made you ignore, ensuring it will be ready to use again before swim season starts, much like you would for your air conditioning. You will want to check for and repair any leaks you find around the pump and filter area. If you have a D.E. or a cartridge-style filter, it’s a good idea to break them down and clean them. Having a healthy pool going into the swim season can help avoid any costly and rushed repairs that might be needed for that first summer swim party you have planned.
If you are starting to worry that all this is a little too involved for the amount of time you have to spare during the busy Christmas season, give us a call. New Image Landscape and Pools has all the time necessary to ensure your pool is ready to be used again when the warmer months roll back around!