To close or not to close. It’s one of the biggest questions many pool owners face each year. For some pool owners, the answer is obvious – close. For others, it’s not. The truth is that there is no single best answer. Each option has its own set of pros and cons to consider. Here are three factors that will help you make the best decision for your pool:
By leaving your pool open, you’ll need to continue regular maintenance, especially if you plan on any winter swimming. This includes keeping your pool clean and free of debris and running the pump during freezing conditions.
Once you close your pool, you will only need to do minor maintenance during the winter months, like removing snow and ice from the pool cover or removing any debris that have collected. You’ll resume your regular maintenance schedule when you’ve re-opened your pool.
If you have a pool heater or live in an area that doesn’t get very cold during the winter, leaving your pool open gives you more opportunities to enjoy it. You’ve invested your time and effort in building and maintaining your pool, so why not get as much use from it as possible? Having said that, you will need to continue to protect your pool equipment from freezing if your pool remains open.
If you winterize your pool, you won’t be able to enjoy a quick swim until you’ve re-opened it in the spring and your equipment will be protected from freezing conditions. You’ll also save on your pool energy costs if you close your pool since you won’t need to run the pump during freezing conditions and won’t be heating it for swimming.
Leaving your pool open requires about the same level of maintenance that you’re used to doing in-season and with the busy holiday season, that time commitment can be difficult. It’s important to think about how much time you have to invest in maintaining your pool during the winter months.
If you close your pool you can enjoy a few months off from pool maintenance and have a little extra time on your hands, which can be nice during the busy holiday season.
Whatever you choose to do, just make sure that it’s the best option for your family and your pool. For more tips on closing your pool, check out these articles: