A vacation to the water… on the edge of your new pool

Des vacances à l’eau... au bord de votre nouvelle piscine

You are thinking of spending the summer at home with a new pool ? You are not alone. Here are a few tips.

The pool men are moving towards record sales, whereas many families still do not know if they will be able to make the tour of the Gaspésie, visit the beaches of Ogunquit, or send their children to day camp.

The exhibition halls will dérougissent not since their reopening in mid-April.

“People realize that they will spend the summer in their court and that they won’t spend their holiday budgets this year,” says Alain Gravel, director of marketing at Trevi. However, a swimming pool lasts for years… ”

Since January, several of our customers have already shopped and even bought them on the internet. The models beyond the land of 18 to 21 feet are the most popular. But sales of the spa are also a sharp increase (is this a way to combat the stress of the COVID-19 ?).

The semi-dug are also popular for the past few years. And the pool men sell more houses or shelters, where people take advantage of the garden between two saucettes or… wavy. The COVID-19 stimulates as well the mode of the outdooring. The Water heater is one of neglected appliances in homes, usually tucked away in some corner of the garage. We don’t pay much attention to it until it breaks. It has been around in its current form for a long time. It was invented in the 1889 by Edwin Ruud and it hasn’t changed much since then. It consists of a 40 or more gallon cylindrical container with a gas burner or sometimes an electric element. It heats the water slowly and keeps it hot all the time. Its burner has a pilot light that is burning gas all the time and the main burner comes periodically into action to heat the water again because the water in the container has cooled off. Well, that goes on day in day out even if the water is never used. That is because the water loses its heat to the surrounding. It is like having a kettle full of water on the cook top all the time. The newer tank Fort Collins Water Heater Pros are better insulated than before to reduce the standby heat loss but never the less they lose heat and the water must be constantly reheated. In today’s times where energy has become expensive and will become even more that is a total waste of energy and money. It burdens the environment even unnecessarily and contributes to earth warming and climate change. The tank water heater is also very inefficient, not only loses its heat, standby heat loss, but it also doesn’t do a good job heating the water through its inherent design. When new they have an efficiency of about 55%. Depending on the hardness of the water it can rapidly fall to 30 or so percent because of water sediments buildup at the bottom of the tank, just like the kettle in which water sediments build up when water in it is heated over and over. The tank WH has health issues as well. Bacteria and germs love the standing warm water and grow easily and rapidly in that environment. The water is usually not hot enough to kill them. Over time there can also be rust build up in the water tank that reduces the heating efficiency of the WH in addition of it being delivered to the bathroom faucets and kitchen sink. Sometimes you can see the rust in the tile grout discoloration. Not all of that is unhealthy but a lot of times just undesirable. The tank WH does push out some of these sediments and some of it remains in the tank and keeps building up. It is not just in the bathrooms we use hot water although the most of it is being used for bathing. We use hot water also to wash dishes sometimes and prepare food. Now if you could see all those microscopic foreign elements, bacteria and sediments you would think again of using it for food or even bathing the kids in tub with that water. It has happened to all of us that we ran out of hot water taking a shower or a bath. And there is no quick heat up of the water. The WH is just not designed for that and it takes a lot of energy and time again to heat 40 or more gallons of water. A lot of families have to schedule their showers because in a household with multiple persons you quickly run out of hot water. To make that hot water last a bit longer you can run the WH at a higher temperature; say 180 degree Fahrenheit so that you mix more cold water with the hot water. Running the WH at higher temperature wastes even more energy and with it of course money.

This is the time

Previously, consumers bought their swimming pool on a whim, in June, when the sun was three days in a row. For the past two or three years, they are more likely to shop from November to may to take advantage of the prices in the winter and install in spring.

The buyer type spends approximately $ 5,000 for a swimming pool that is fully equipped, delivered and installed, 18 to 21 feet. But the bill can go up to $ 6000 if the sanitation system is salt-or with ozone. This technology decreases, however, the use of chemicals : it “pays for itself” and in a few years.

You will also need to budget for the landscaping, it will be necessary to redo in some places, the fence (mandatory : $ 15 to $ 25 a linear foot), accessories (cleaning robot, alarm for children), toys and some furniture.

Heating and maintenance

The size of the pool also influences the power of the heat pump and the water heater. The temperature of the water, the duration of the bathing season (from may to October, for example) and the installation of a canvas have a great influence on the heating costs. A canvas that is used 16 hours per day will save you up to 40 % of heating costs.

Plan on between $ 300 and $ 700 annually for maintenance and heating of a swimming pool ($500 for a spa).

Tips

  • Before you shop, contact your insurer and your local municipality to know the regulations (some of which require permits and plans).
  • Set aside a half day for the installation of a model off the ground and one to two weeks for a model dug or semi-dug. In these times of COVID-19, the installation will take 30 % more time than usual. And the pool men have to deal with a shortage of labour. Record the installation date of the purchase contract.
  • A rectangle dug or semi-dug will cost about $30,000.
  • Advice and calculator Hydro-Québec : https://www.hydroquebec.com/residentiel/mieux-consommer/piscines/conseils.html
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