How good is your home heating system? Does it warm up the whole house on a cold day? Does it cost more than you think it should to get enough heat in the winter? Are you thinking about switching to an alternative heating system? Do you want to upgrade to a newer heating system? I started this blog to talk about the different alternatives for heating your home. Find out when it’s time to upgrade your heating unit and when you can make modifications or repairs to your old unit to improve its efficiency or keep it going a while longer. Also, check out the pros and cons of different alternative heating options from geothermal units to pellet stoves. Your home heating answers are here!
Having a pool built on your property can be exciting, and certainly it is a great way to make new friends, as you will be a popular person in the summertime; however, there are many things you need to think about before getting your first estimate of the cost. The following are three of these things.
What will you use the pool for?
This is important because it will help to determine the design of the pool. For example, if you plan on using the pool for parties and would like to have a diving board, then this will determine the depths of the pool. The side with the diving board will need to be deep enough for the diver to be safe after entering the water. If you are looking to have a pool slide, the pool designer may have certain requirements for safety. On the other hand, if you plan on using your pool only for swimming, you may not have any requirements for for depth more than waist high.
Do you want a hot tub?
Often the best time to install a hot tub is when you're installing a pool. You may get an attractive price on an in-ground hot tub next to your pool, because the contractor will use similar materials, and can build it the same time as the pool. But even if you are not ready for a hot tub now, you can have the pool designer set aside enough room for one to be installed later. Once you have this extra space, you can install an above ground hot tub or an in-ground hot tub; however, without thinking about this first, you may end up using too much space for your pool and have nothing left for a hot tub at a later time.
What material do you want for your pool construction?
There are two main types of swimming pools: those made of fiberglass and those made of concrete. Fiberglass pools are prefabricated, so once you decide on the pool you want, they are quick to install relative to a concrete pool. Once they are installed, they are easier to maintain than concrete pools. However, these pools are limited in size. Large pools usually are constructed from concrete. Concrete pools can also be custom made, but because fiberglass pools are prefabricated, you are usually limited to what is available from a catalog.
Having a new pool installed in your yard is exciting, especially if it is your first in-ground pool, but you need to take your time to decide what you want in a pool. The three things listed above are a good start. For more information, talk to a professional like KrisCo Aquatech Pools & Spas.