Indoor Pool vs. Outdoor Pool

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Maybe you want to build yourself a beautiful oasis, an escape from the stresses of life. Or maybe you want a place where you can work out and strengthen your muscles. Building a pool is a major decision—one that involves money and energy. Which type of pool is betteran indoor or outdoor pool? Let’s weigh the options.

Cost: Outdoor pools win. When you compare the costs of outdoor vs indoor pools, outdoor pools are cheaper, hands down. According to Quicken Loans, building an indoor in-ground pool will cost you at least $20,000 and could climb up to six figures, depending on the style. An outdoor above-ground pool typically starts at about $570, and an outdoor in-ground pool starts at $7,800.

When considering energy costs, electricity and heating bills run higher for indoor pools. You’re not just using energy for the pool but also for the building around it. Unlike outdoor pools, indoor pools need a ventilation system to control humidity and clear out chemical odors. Additional costs include water heating systems, pumps, lighting, and other pool equipment.

Chlorine exposure: Outdoor pools win. With an outdoor pool, the open air will waft away all the chemical odors from your pool disinfectants. CNN reported that if you don’t properly ventilate your indoor pool, you and others will inhale the chemicals. Some of these chemicals, such as chloroform, could cause cancer. Inhaling high levels of chlorine has also been linked to asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, digestive issues, and migraines. Lung and breathing-related health issues are especially likely in children. If you decide you want an indoor pool, you need to invest in a good ventilation system and be able to open windows and doors for fresh air.

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Sun exposure: It depends. If you like being outside, getting a tan, and soaking up some vitamin D, you should invest in an outdoor pool. But, if you don’t want to worry about skin cancer, accelerated aging, and eye problems, you could invest in an indoor pool. As a good compromise, you could enjoy the sun’s benefits and prevent its dangers with a retractable roof, which you could install above the pool.

Maintenance: Indoor pools win. One of the downsides to an outdoor pool is having to clean up all the environmental debris that blows into the water. With an outdoor pool, you have to spend a lot more time on maintenance. Indoor pools are generally protected from debris, but you still have to disinfect them with chemicals.

Swimming season: Indoor pools win. On a hot, sunny day, you can enjoy the beautiful blue sky and bask in the sun’s glory. On a cold, wintry day, you can still relax in your poolas long as it’s indoors. If you have an outdoor pool, you’ll have to winterize it, cover it, and store pool equipment during the cold-weather seasons. But as long as you have proper heating, you can enjoy your indoor pool all year-round.

Buying an indoor pool vs an outdoor pool just depends on your personal preferences, climate, and financial situation. Do some research and hire a knowledgeable pool professional who can help you make the decision, and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying years of fun in your pool.