November 22, 2020

Can I Keep My Pool Open All Year Long?

As winter approaches, many of us are closing down our pools for the season. Yet, what if someone wanted to keep the pool open all year? You may be surprised to know that some owners are now opting to keep their pools running even in the winter months.

Carlton Pools is a premier swimming pool builder in Montgomery County, PA, and the surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on offering a customer-driven approach to our business. With nearly 85% of our construction done in-house, we provide our customers with quality pools that will enhance a backyard and transform daily living. 

Here are some of the pros and cons of keeping your pool operational all year long. There are several factors you will need to consider if you plan on maintaining an open pool during the winter.


Keeping Up Appearances

Nothing can be more of an eyesore than a covered pool in winter. By maintaining a fully operational pool, you can avoid the unsightly look of a covered pool in your backyard.

The Ability to Swim Whenever You Want

By keeping a pool operational year long, you have the ability to enjoy swimming and other pool activities even in the winter. For pool owners that are avid swimmers, this may be the best way to make sure they can swim at any time.

Save Money by Skipping Winterization

Closing a pool at the end of summer is not inexpensive. The cost of winter pool chemicals, covers, and seasonal accessories can quickly add up. By maintaining your pool year-round, you can avoid many of the expenses incurred by the winterization process.


Increased Energy Costs

Perhaps the greatest drawback to keeping your pool open during the winter is energy cost. First, you will need to install a temperature sensor on your pool pump. This will make your pump run anytime the temperature drops below 40 degrees (F) to prevent freezing in the pool’s plumbing. You will also need to invest in a heater capable of running during the cold winter months. No matter your energy source, the constant pump use and need for heat will significantly impact your energy costs.

No Escape from Pool Maintenance 

You’ll always have the chance to swim if your pool is running all year round, but you’ll also have to keep your regular maintenance schedule to make sure it’s ready for use. Pool cleaning, water testing, filter maintenance, and water replenishment will still need to be done weekly, even during the coldest winter months.

Increased Risk

If you reside in an area with freezing winters, you run the risk of serious damage to your pool if not maintained regularly during the season. Many pool pumps and heaters are not designed to work when temperatures drop below freezing. This could lead to burst pipes, cracked equipment, and costly repairs. If you intend to keep your pool open year long, make certain your pool equipment can operate properly in freezing temperatures. 

The decision to close a pool or keep it open for the winter is a personal one. Whatever the case, make sure to take the proper precautions to ensure your pool’s protection and your family’s safety.

For nearly 50 years, Carlton Pools has been a leading provider of swimming pools. We are one of the top swimming pool companies in Berks County, PA, and surrounding areas. With our extensive experience in construction, Carlton Pools continues to lead the swimming pool industry. For more information about our services, contact us today.