Afraid About Purchasing an Inground Swimming Pool? Your Fears are Misguided!

Afraid About Purchasing an Inground Swimming Pool? Your Fears are Misguided!

These pool myths are all wet


The biggest mistake that homeowners who want a swimming pool make is to wait until spring to think about a swimming pool.  Inground Swimming Pools require alot of planning, and time to submit for permit, receive the permit, and to build.  The correct time to plan for an Inground Swimming Pool is in the Fall, which gives the homeowner time to cover the aforementioned tasks.  If you don’t start before New Years, you are highly unlikely to be swimming the following summer.  Once a homeowner decides that a swimming pool is right for his/her family, there are no shortage of myths and fears that have been promulgated over the years surrounding the construction of a swimming pool and the ongoing swimming pool ownership.  As this post from the APSP points out, there are misconceptions surrounding the cost of construction, cost of ownership, effect on a home’s value, and the perceptions around usage of the swimming pool and outdoor living space.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Swimming pools are a great fit for any home and family. They add value, enhance the look and feel or your home and create an ideal entertaining venue for family and friends. So why are so many people against pool ownership?

From the belief that a pool costs too much to operate to the misconception it will go unused, myths about pool ownership abound – and they likely dissuade some homeowners from taking the plunge. If you’ve been considering adding a swimming pool to your outdoor living space, here are five common myths you may come across that simply don’t hold water:

1. Pools are too costly to install

A swimming pool is a significant investment, there’s no denying it. However, the cost of a pool will depend on several factors, including the size of your space, the dimensions of the pool and the materials you choose. When compared to other discretionary expenditures such as a family vacation – which costs the average family nearly $4,800 for one week of fun each year – a pool can in fact be a high-value investment that pays for itself in just a few years. Of course, finding the right installer is key and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) offers an online member locator to help consumers find an APSP Certified Professional in their area.

2. It’s difficult and costly to maintain a pool

Long gone are the days when operating a pool pump could cost almost as much as running your air conditioning during the summer. Pool pumps and filtration systems are more energy efficient than ever, saving owners plenty of money in the process. Plus, improvements in filtration system and purification chemicals mean you’ll need less of them to keep your pool sparkling. In fact, when it comes to pool maintenance, 63 percent of pool owners say maintaining water chemistry is no trouble at all, according to an APSP survey. You can chalk up this myth as false.

3. Pools are not energy efficient

Modern pool pumps require much less electricity to operate than you might think, with energy-efficient pumps using up to 30 percent less power. When compared to other household sources of electricity, swimming pools turn out to be a small percentage of a home’s overall energy use. What’s more, these systems can be even more cost effective when solar powered. Accessories can help conserve energy, too. For example, using a solar cover on an inground pool when it’s not in use can help the water retain heat and keep debris out, which means less work for the filtration system – and you.

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