No one wants to jump into the swimming pool and have their breath taken away because the water is so cold. You can’t swim if your teeth are chattering, right? In the summer you want to jump into pool water that is refreshing. In the winter or the cooler months, though you want to jump into water that isn’t chilly, but is instead warm. You probably don’t want bath tub warm but we do have tips on how to choose the best pool water temp.

The swimming pool contractors at Imperial Pools, Inc. know there is no “one size fits all” or “best” pool temperature, but there will likely be a temperature that you can agree upon that will make everyone happy and make swimming enjoyable. In the summer, though when the sun is beating down on the pool and the water temperature continues to inch on up day after day, what can you do to cool it down a bit?

How to choose the best pool water temp

We have put together a few unique ideas on cooling down pool water that is simply too warm to be enjoyable on a hot summer day.

  1. Ice. Yes, ice. Yes, it will take a LOT of it, but if you want to get into the pool and want a quick and dirty way to make the water more comfortable, then this is the way to go.
  2. Run the pool equipment at night when it’s cooler because running equipment can heat up the water. Also, running the pool pump and filter in overnight hours will save money on your utility bills.
  3. Landscaping can keep the water temperature lower. Plant trees that can cover the pool water and keep it cooler. Be aware, though that trees can drop leaves, sap and bugs and roots can grow too large and can damage the pool structure.
  4. If you live in an area of the country (Arizona, for example that has triple digit temperatures) can benefit from a reverse cycle pump — this cools the water rather than heats it.
  5. Moving water will typically be cooler than still water. Add a fountain feature for aesthetic appeal and water movement.

We advocate using a pool cover as a way to keep the water cleaner and cut back on the rate of evaporation, but a pool cover could make the water warmer — it could be a toss up and your comfort levels.