Adding a swimming pool to your backyard can sometimes seem like a big decision – what kind of pool should I choose? What features should I add? How much will it cost? Will it add to my home’s value? Often, the last question is one that homeowners like to take into consideration, especially when they are concerned about the resale of their property. But adding a swimming pool can increase value far beyond just the monetary value! [Read more…]
You’re considering artificial grass. It’s always green. You don’t have to water it. It’s resistant to damage from children and pets. What’s not to like?
Artificial grass keeps the dirt and mud off your pets no matter what the weather is like outside. No muddy paws means no mud tracked in the house. No more digging holes in the yard, and getting dirt all over the place. A good grade and weight is also essential for artificial grass designed for pet traffic. A turf with a higher density – 75-to-90 ounces – would be ideal. You also want a turf product with a backing material that is nonporous, so it will retain fewer odors.
Water (or any other liquid) drain right through. With no standing water your pets will be able to use the area right after the storm. Artificial turf can get very hot in direct sunlight, so that should be a consideration in Arizona. Another consideration is how much rainfall you get. Turf that is used frequently by pets will need to be flushed regularly, which means manually hosing the area off on a regular basis if you don’t get a lot of rain.
Artificial grass also provides an environment free of pests such as fleas and ticks, helping prevent the spread of disease. No more brown spots. No more holes to fill. No matter how many pets you have, with artificial grass your yard will always look fantastic.
If your looking to extend the pool season, heaters and heat pumps are some of the best options, but what makes one different from the other. To ensure an educated decision the main features of both are below.
Swimming Pool Heaters are the most popular option when it comes to heating your pool. Some use natural gas or propane to heat water returning back into your pool. They have a lower upfront cost and heat water temperatures quickly. Although heaters have a lower upfront cost, they require the cost of propane or natural gas which can exceed the run costs than that of a heat pump. Depending on whether propane or natural gas is used and the location of your pool, cost can range from about $3.00 to $9.00 per hour to heat your pool.
Heat Pumps are becoming increasingly popular for pool owners. They transfer the heat from outside air to your pool, providing the most energy efficient pool and spa heating available in regions where they are practical. Compared to other heaters, heat pumps can operate for up to 80% less. They’re also clean and safe to operate.
Nothing beats a heater for adding comfort to early morning lap sessions, after-dark swims or to extend your swim season to earlier in the spring or later in the fall. Both, heaters and heat pumps are a good solution for pool owners. The main factor when deciding will be your location, budget and needs.