A friend I went to school with had an indoor pool at his fathers house. When I visited one day I asked his father why it was empty. He told me that for the first couple of years they lived there the pool was in use and they tracked how often it was used and how much it cost to maintain. He worked out that over a year he could pay for the children (they had 3) to visit the local pool everyday, and pay for a taxi to take them and pick up, and he was still saving money.sunnybob":2ked3x2l said:To keep a pool going in the UK would require millionaire income.
Mine here costs me a grand a year in electric and chemicals alone, not to mention any hardware that breaks or wears out, and I only get to use it 3 months a year on average (although this had been an exceptional year, first dip early may and STILL using it 8) ) If it werent for the grandkids spending each summer here I would have filled it in years ago.
I knew a man in Somerset who had an indoor 20 metre pool (he was a retired banker) and even he couldnt afford to heat the thing. His boiler room would have done a couple of large B&B houses
Are you sure I would only get a couple of months? The average temp here since early May is in the high 20's. Until yesterday, it hadn't dropped below 31 for almost 2 weeks.sunnybob":oegoahb8 said:According to your bio page, you live in Hungary? If so, youre only going to get a month or two's use per year, unless youre a cold water fiord swimming person. I would seriously reconsider.
I dont have solar electric, at my time of life I would never recoup the costs of install.
A solar pump here is over 2,000 euros, panels extra.
To get clear water the pump needs to run 10 hours a day every day the water temp is over 20c, and less hours a day as the water gets colder. By the time its down to 10c, the pump can be turned off although I run it an hour a day just to keep the filter material alive.
I dont know what your panels produce, but you will need at least a 0.75KW (equivalent) pump for an 8 x 4 x 1.4 deep metre pool.
Chemicals needed depend on the pool. Starting from scratch I seriously recommend a salt water pool. A bit more start up cost but greatly reduced maintenance.
A fresh water pool needs Chlorine, and PH adjuster (up and down) all depending on temperature, original water composition, and usage, so its impossible to advise you on quantities of each.
Then you need algicide, flocculent, tile (or liner) cleaner on a regular basis.
If you are that far north you need to invest in a very good cover and a pool heater to stop the water freezing. When water freezes it exerts HUGE sideways pressure, and can easily crack a concrete side wall.
Its truly a non stop job keeping a pool in good condition. When we moved here we couldnt understand why the Cypriots dont have pools. 11 years on, I know exactly why. :roll: 8) 8)
I viewed a house once with a pool, the estate agent wasn't happy when I said I would have put in a higher offer if the pool wasn't there. :lol:phil.p":2glbidvy said:I know a chap who had a large pool - he filled it in as it was costing him a fortune for the neighbours children to learn to swim. My friend, an estate agent said long ago that pools go against the marketability of a property - very few people want them as they know what they cost to run. I looked at a house with one ............ but only because I fancied breeding koi.