Indoor Swimming Pool Ventilation Is Critical
09 Sep Indoor Swimming Pool Ventilation Is Critical
Getting ventilation right in your pool hall
Indoor swimming pools can be a wonderful addition to any home, especially ones situated in areas that experience harsh winters. Designing and installing an indoor pool is much more complicated than building a pool and putting a house around it, however. One of the most overlooked and potentially catastrophic mistakes that novice builders make is to either ignore or undersize the air-handling system for indoor pools. This post from Jamie Smith through Linkedin discusses the importance of proper sizing of and proper installation of air handling and ventilation systems for natatoriums.
Here is an excerpt from the post:
Getting outdoor air ventilation right
If you own or are planning to build an indoor pool, it will require careful and comprehensive outdoor air ventilation. This is to ensure humidity levels do not rise too high indoors and cause condensation, and that fresh air continues to circulate within the room.
There are a variety of ventilation solutions that you can discuss with your pool designer. What is important to bear in mind, though, is how air is flowing through your pool room. Any ventilation or dehumidification system must be designed to ensure that air is not distributed across the surface of the pool, as this can speed up evaporation and cause humidity to increase faster. Air must, therefore, be evenly distributed over the outer walls.
You also need to ensure that the pool deck is draining water properly. Lack of drains leads to puddles, which contribute to evaporation. There is a wide range of subtle, carefully designed drainage solutions which can solve this issue without ruining the aesthetic of your pool hall. Humidity can also be dramatically reduced through installing an automatic pool cover. These are versatile fittings which can reduce evaporation by up to 50%, and there are many solutions such as ‘hidden floor’ covers which will ensure your pool continues to look great when not in use. Talk to your pool designer to explore your options further.
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