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Pool Chillers: Don’t Whine, Adapt! (and get those ‘cheap’ renewable rates)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- July 26, 2023

Ed Note: Climate alarmists/forced energy transformationists are out in force during the current heat wave, wagging fingers at skeptics and pounding the chest about “low” rates for wind/solar electricity in Texas. With pool companies in the state advertising chillers, here is one adaptation opportunity.

“The most obvious reason for a pool chiller, of course, is comfort: A good chiller can help take your swimming pool water from too hot to just right.”

“While there’s no true ‘magic number’ when it comes to swimming pool water temperature, most pool professionals agree that the ideal temperature is between 78 and 84 degrees.”

Pool Chillers: The Best Way to Keep Your Swimming Pool Cool

When temperatures rise, there’s nothing quite like a dip in your cool, refreshing swimming pool to beat the heat. But what happens when your pool water is too warm for comfort? After all, nobody wants to sit in a 90-degree pool (that’s what hot tubs are for).

An overheated swimming is more than a summer’s day bummer: Too-hot pool water is a maintenance headache, and it’s also a breeding ground for bacteria and algae.

No worries, though: If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat in your swimming pool, a pool water chiller may be just the ticket. New to pool chillers? Not sure if a pool chiller is the right choice for your swimming pool? In this article, we’ll take a deep, refreshing dive into the world of pool chillers.

As the name suggests, a pool chiller helps cool off the water in your swimming pool, pulling excess heat from the water and leaving you with cool, refreshing water. You can purchase a pool chiller as a standalone unit, or you can choose a swimming pool heat pump that pulls double duty with an optional chilling feature or reversal switch. Swimming pool chillers are available in a wide range of sizes and price points, so you should be able to find an option that fits your pool and budget.

You can save money and the environment with a heat pump and chill combo unit!

A variable-speed, combo unit will help you save energy, water, and chemicals all at once. Variable-speed motors will save power when you are only filtering, and the cool water from the chiller will prevent evaporation and improve the efficiency of your chemicals.

Swimming Pool Chiller FAQs

Do I need a swimming pool chiller?

If you find that you’re constantly battling high water temperatures – or if you’re struggling with heat-related pool maintenance issues such as algae blooms or evaporation – a pool chiller might be a good option. Is a pool chiller worth it for you? Consider a chiller if:

  • You live in a part of the country that’s prone to extreme heat.
  • You have a pool with a darker finish (darker colors may retain more heat).
  • Your pool is in direct sunlight most of the day.

How much does a swimming pool chiller cost?

The cost of a swimming pool chiller will depend on several factors, such as the size of your swimming pool, the type of chiller you choose (standalone vs. a combination heater/chiller), and more. Your swimming pool professional can help you choose the chiller that’s right for your pool and your budget.

Do swimming pool chillers work?

Yes. If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to beat the heat in your swimming pool, a pool chiller is a game-changer. You can help your swimming pool chiller work more efficiently by adding a water feature or fountain and leaving your pool uncovered to release trapped heat.

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