Are Swimming Pools Worth the Cost?
I want to be upfront that I am not an expert on swimming pools but I do know a little bit about the cost of owning a pool/spa since I've owned two homes in Las Vegas with pools that I've had installed. The answer to the question, 'Are swimming pools worth the cost?' depends on individual preference and what you can afford.
If you're going to have a pool installed in your yard, the average cost is going to be between $30K-$40K and that's just your standard 15'x30' plaster pool & spa with an in floor cleaning system and kool decking.
To have someone maintain your pool will run you approximately $80-$120 a month. If you want to do the maintenance yourself, you can probably get by with approximately $20-$30 a month in chemicals. The reason I say approximately is every pool and pool location is different. The more direct sunlight the pool gets the faster the chemicals will need to be replaced. Adding chemicals is not all you will need to do. You will need to brush down the pool, empty the skimmer basket and skim leaves and other debris out of the pool.
An average size swimming pool in Las Vegas without a cover will lose approximately 5 feet of water over the course of the year because of evaporation. The cost of refilling the pool once a year is minimal. Two years ago it cost me under $100 to refill my pool after having it drained for maintenance work.
The biggest cost of owning a pool is the cost of the electrical bill to run the pump and for the chemicals it will consume. The standard 1 1/2 or 2 horsepower motor single speed pool pump will run approximately $60-$80 a month in the cool months and $80-$120 a month during the hot months of June, July & August. The new variable speed pumps are supposed to lower the electrical cost. Please see the link I included on variable speed pumps vs standard one speed pumps.
The cost of heating the pool is hard to figure out because it depends on how much direct sunlight the pool gets during the day and what temperature the person wants the pool water. I can tell you my neighbor has a 15x30 ft pool that's 8 ft in the deep end and it costs him $300-$400 a month to heat the pool to 90 degrees in the months May-October.
The average pool usage in Las Vegas with no cover and not heated is approximately 5 months. I bet you're surprised at that one. You can extend this time in the pool with solar heating, pool heater or a solar cover. All of these add to the cost of the pool.
$30K-$40K to build a standard pool with no extras
There are multiple ways to cut down the costs of owning a pool but they all cost money. Variable speed pool pumps can help with the electric bill, solar heating can help with the gas bill and extend the amount of usage each year, solar covers can do the same thing just not as efficiently and installing the pool in a location that it will get maximum sun exposure. With maximum sun exposure, comes maximum sun exposure to your skin so you have to be careful when using the pool.
After your warranty is over, maintenance costs like replacing pool filters, pool filter container, pump, heater or plumbing can be expensive. These items can cost between $300-$1000 to replace. If properly maintained, they can last 7-15 yrs.
Here's some good information on variable speed pumps.
I hope you found this blog post very helpful. Thanks and have a good day!
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