5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Pool

Backyard pool with palm trees and mountains in view

With a new year arriving, it's time to pin down a few resolutions that will take your pool to the next level this year. Here are five ideas:

Turn Up the Heat

The most common way to warm water is with a swimming pool heater. Depending on your climate, you can use a gas heater, a heat pump or a solar method. All three options require professional installation. Another option if your pool already gets warm in the daytime is to try covering it with a solar blanket to retain heat for the morning hours.

Lights, Pool, Action

Pool parties can be even more exciting with LED lights, especially at night. Mix colors into romantic combinations, entrancing gradients and full-spectrum rainbows. Besides being fun, poolscape lighting is an upgrade that you can do yourself. From strands of lights in trees and bushes to a small projector that casts hundreds of tiny lights over the water and poolscape you can create a in a galaxy illusion.

For in-water lighting upgrades, please consult a pool professional for their help in identifying what will work best for your pool.

Shades of Relaxation

The new year is also a good time to explore shade solutions like awnings, blinds and small trees or hedges. Adding some coverage makes portions of your pool and patio even more inviting, especially during the hottest months. Plus, a shady space can allow for even more poolside enjoyment, from reading a book to watching a movie to meditating or taking a nap. Remember, there's no inspiration like pool inspiration. Looking for some color inspiration for your umbrella? Check out Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.

Hit the Right Note

Celebrate the New Year by listening to your favorite tunes around the pool. You can incorporate music and add to the beauty of the area by using speakers that resemble boulders, flowers or statues. You can also stream music with a small, discreet tablet or just your phone. Compile playlists for various moods or subscribe to a service like Pandora or Spotify to make things easy.

Add Efficiency

The New Year is a great time to make energy efficient changes that save your money in the long run. Between adding a high efficiency heater to adding shelter to reduce heat loss, there are tons of great ways to create a more efficient poolscape, saving you money in the long run. Another option includes automation, making it easy to control temperature and chlorination while you’re on that exciting 2017 vacation.

With a new year ahead, resolve to spend more of it poolside. Planning now can mean more time playing and relaxing in the water.