In life we all face those somewhat tough decisions when we have to chose between spending more now to save money later. It may be a choice between a car that costs less but gets poor gas milage or a car that costs more but gets great milage. In the world of in ground swimming pools the choice may be between a basic pool with just a pump, filter, heater, and chlorinator, or a higher end pool with a Paramount cleaning system, a pump, filter, heater, UV sanitation, ozone sanitation and chlorinator. Obviously the higher end pool with all those bells and whistles will likely cost a bit more than the basic pool but you have to realize that over time you will easily be spending more money on chemicals to keep the pool clean than you would have spent on those products initially.
An in ground swimming pool almost always represents a significant investment. There are so many things that can be added onto a pool initially that would be beneficial in the long run. There are many things that cannot easily be added after the pool has been installed. I want to stress that these things cannot be added EASILY because in reality with the right tools and funds just about anything is possible. However adding something to a pool after it has been installed will likely cost much more than it would have been to add it initially.
In my personal opinion if you are thinking about having a vinyl liner in ground pool installed and are concerned about the cost of maintaining that pool in the long run then I would absolutely suggest going with these few extras initially. It is one of those things where if you can swing it up front then you should absolutely go for it. It may seem like you are already spending a lot of money on your pool but you should think of it as an investment. This pool will bring you and your family a lot of good times for years to come and if you treat it right it will be completely capable of lasting long enough for your grand children to enjoy as well. One of the things that a lot of new pool owners have trouble with is maintaing the pool. Keeping the chemicals just right can be a challenge for some, and is in reality a very important part of owning a pool. Not only can improperly treated water cause problems for swimmers but it can also cause major problems for the pool itself. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that if the chemicals become too out of whack in your pool then you will be spending even more money to correct the issue.
This is something that can be avoided with having the right products on your pool from the get go. Basically having a Paramount cleaning system in your pool will allow you to do very little work in regard to physically removing dirt and debris from the pool. Having a UV system plumbed into the system will help to kill much of the bacteria in the pool. The Ozonator will inject the water with oxygen to help keep it clean. At that point all you would need is a little residual chlorine in the pool for sanitation in case one of your kids has an accident in the pool.
Another thing that you could get at the time of the installation to help save money down the road is an automatic pool cover. There are several reasons that these benefit a pool. However the way they will help you save money is by keeping the heat in the pool. Around here, in the early part of the season as well as the end of the season we have warm days and cool nights. Let me tell you that a cool night can suck the heat right out of the water. Having the ability to close the pool each night will help to lock that heat in. This will save you money by drastically reducing the amount of time that you need to run your heater or heat pump.
As I said before most of these things will need to be installed at the time of the pool installation and will add some cost to the overall installation of the pool, but in the long run you will save on the amount you spend on chemicals and in electricity or gas.
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