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themicah85
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DALLAS TX
Member since Jul 2015
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How do you cool your Pool?

I Have a gas pool heater so the heat pump/chiller option isnt an ideal situation, plus i live in North Texas and the pool company basically told me the chillers work much better in dryer climates. They said something about getting a fountain but i never really followed up with them. Anyone have any suggestions?


RaginCajunz
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Member since Mar 2009
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There's a few threads recently with the massive heat wave that we had. There's a few fountain devices that replace the eyeballs on your return jets. They are ~$20 on Amazon. I put one on, not sure it really did much.

The other option is trying to create some sort of shade. I hung a big sun sail triangle over part of the pool.



ashy larry
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Marcy Projects
Member since Mar 2010
5488 posts

aerating the water overnight using your water features or one of those devices that RaginCajunz is talking about can drop it a few degrees. But it isn't going to turn that 95-degree pool back to 86 degrees.


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lnomm34
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Louisiana
Member since Oct 2009
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I hung a big sun sail triangle over part of the pool.


Did that help?

I’ve also seen the pool coolers by Glacier. Not sure they’d be worth the investment. But apparently they work fairly well.

Mine got up to about 91F - we get full sun until about 2:30-3:00PM when the shade starts to cover part of the pool, then by 4:30 or so it’s almost full shade.


RaginCajunz
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It's hard to say, since I only had it up a few days before we finally started cooling and getting rain.

During the day, it was at least very nice to have a big area of shade to escape to. It was well worth the $100 I paid for the shade and stainless hardware. (Its 24'x24'x 33.5')

It held up fine with the big winds we had ahead of a few of the storms we just had. The rain passes through without an issue as well.



lnomm34
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Louisiana
Member since Oct 2009
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It was well worth the $100 I paid for the shade and stainless hardware. (Its 24'x24'x 33.5')


Wow. Nice!!

I wouldn't mine adding one to provide some shade on my deck, really.

Where'd you buy the shade?


Shexter
Prairieville
Member since Feb 2014
10569 posts

My brother has several of these spraying in his pool 24/7. I swear that water was 60 degrees last weekend. It kept it colder than I or the kids like, but we got used to it after a while.



RaginCajunz
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Member since Mar 2009
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Wow. Nice!!

I wouldn't mine adding one to provide some shade on my deck, really.

Where'd you buy the shade?


Amazon Link to my shade


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CarRamrod
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Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
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quote:

the pool company basically told me the chillers work much better in dryer climates.
thats 100% true..
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They said something about getting a fountain
but they also work WAY better than a fountain.


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MEd LSU
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Chillers don’t work $4000 better than water features and draw as much electricity as a 4 ton ac unit. Not a practical solution in south Louisiana


chadams4lsu
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Celina Texas, by way of Rayville La
Member since Aug 2005
75 posts

I have one of these on my waterfall outlet. I run it for 4 hours from 3am -7am and it brings water temp down 4-5 degrees. The key is running it at the coolest part of the day. I suggest this and the more you have the better.


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CarRamrod
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Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
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Chillers don’t work $4000 better than water features
i agree... but they do work better.

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draw as much electricity as a 4 ton ac unit.
Where are you getting this from? Idk if i believe that. Pool chillers use evaporative cooling, so the only thing running in it is a fan and couple pumps. There isnt a condenser and evaporator like an AC, at least with the chillers i have looked at.


TDTOM
Member since Jan 2021
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Sunday our pool was perfect with that rain water cooling it off. Yesterday afternoon it started creeping up again.


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greenbean
Where the Wind Begins
Member since Feb 2019
2236 posts

In much of the world they use these sale shades, especially in SW Asia. Cheap and easy to install, a very strong wind or unusually high snow accumulation may wreck it, but just put up another.


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windmill
LSU Fan
Prairieville, La
Member since Dec 2005
6225 posts

I use a "sprinkler" that I run from the pool cleaner port. I turn the port "ON" and adjust the spray height as needed. Running it during the night is the only way to achieve good results-4-6 degree drop overnight. Typically goes down to 86 from 92.


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Gorilla Ball
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2006
9792 posts

Why would you say the pool chiller isn’t the best option? I live in south La and have a pool chiller.
This makes no sense


TDTOM
Member since Jan 2021
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I live in south La and have a pool chiller.


Please tell me more. I am waiting for my chiller to come in.

Do you run it all day everyday?

Has it been able to hold your pool cool (85ish) during these heat spells?


Gorilla Ball
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2006
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No only for a few hours. And only on extremely sunny days. It’s actually not for me - the wife actually likes it. Yes I enjoy it, but it came with the house and pool when we purchased the pool.
I don’t know if I’d pay for one if it wasn’t already with the pool. I guess it’s a personal choice.


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