A knowledgeable, qualified and experienced indoor swimming pool builder will be able to address for you the air control challenges that you pool can create, explaining what is needed each step of the way. But you should also have a basic understanding of the challenges, since you’ll be maintaining your pool so you can enjoy it for many years. Here is a very high-level overview of the challenges your indoor pool can cause, and how each is addressed..
An indoor swimming pool can be your calming private lagoon, therapy for physical ailments, a workout facility, increase the property’s value, and enhance your the beauty of your home. There are many benefits from having an indoor pool built in your home, and many things you will have to consider as your discuss the design and installation with your builder.
Indoor swimming pools also come with potential challenges, from the air quality to the amount of energy used. Owners of indoor pools must learn how to control and regulate humidity, temperature, and air quality, and possibly the need for outside air ventilation. This is a delicate balance of many factors, including what part of the country you live in and the humidity and temperature range there. You don’t need to call your old science teacher to explain it all to you, a qualified indoor swimming pool builder will be able to do that, but you can get an overview here of the 5 major challenges that will need to be addressed.
- Condensation. Without proper precautions, when the warm, moist air of an indoor pool meets the dryer, colder air in the room, Condensation will start to form on the walls. This could cause a myriad of problems with the walls and the insulation, and result in expensive damage to your home. A vapor barrier is the answer. A vapor barrier is a coating or membrane used to slow down condensation moving through a material.
- Controlling temperature and humidity. Indoor swimming pools may require a dehumidifier to keep the humidity at acceptable levels. Keeping the indoor temperatures at the proper level, factoring in the solar heat from windows, and the changing of the seasons, is a job for an expert swimming pool builder. Make sure you know how your builder plans to address this.
- Air Quality. The most common disinfectants used in outdoor or indoor swimming pools are chlorine and bromine. Disinfectants create chloramine whenever swimmers are in the pool. And since chlolamines are heavier than air, they collect in the air immediately above the pool water. Introducing outside air can dilute chloramine concentrations. A second option is an evacuator that takes the air from the pool and sends it directly outside. Reducing the chlorine in the pool will always help the air quality. A pool professional can guide you with what you need and what your options are for a clean pool and clean air.
- Energy use and recoverability. Inground swimming pools use energy heat the pool water, and dehumidify, heat and cool the air. Some latent energy may be recoverable if your swimming pool uses an evaporator coil and a compressor. An experienced indoor swimming pool professional can help you understand what your options are for your indoor pool.
- Ventilation from outside. Outside air ventilation helps to dilute the chloramine concentration from the air, effectively off-gassing the chemicals in your indoor swimming pool. Outside air will also have a large impact on indoor humidity, and indoor temperatures. Professional indoor swimming pool builders can guide you on what will be required for your indoor pool.
Keep your pool clean and your air clean, and you’ll be enjoying your indoor swimming pool for many years.