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Swimming pool thermometers

Updated on May 5, 2011
Swimming pool thermometers
Swimming pool thermometers

Owning a home with a swimming pool is one of the top aspirations for some of us. There is nothing that can relax you like a dip in the water. Swimming in itself is a potent exercise, and to be able to both relax and keep fit in your backyard is a great benefit. Gone are the times when swimming pools would be neglected in the winters because of freezing water.

With temperature controlled pools now, you can take the plunge into your swimming pool, irrespective of the time of year. However, with temperature control and the availability of swimming pool thermometers, you can make sure that the water is at a comfortable temperature for your body at all times, if you choose to go this route. There are many ways to ensure that you are not diving into water that is either too cold or too warm.

Swimming pool thermometers

The easiest way to ascertain the temperature of your pool is with a swimming pool thermometer. A pool thermometer is used to measure temperatures, and is not very different from the ones you have at home or the ones that your doctor uses.

They work on a simple principle of matter expanding at higher temperatures and contracting at lower temperatures. A thermometer is calibrated to accurately measure temperature based on how much expansion or contraction of the matter takes place.

With advances in technology, it is now possible for you to buy an apparatus that will display the temperatures on contact with the surface.

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Swimming pool thermometers these days come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. However, based on technology, they can be segregated into Analog and Digital thermometers. Analog devices will require you to read the temperature from either a calibrated scale or a circular dial. The digital ones measure the temperature and give you a reading in numerals or numbers. The digital thermometers are much more user-friendly, and the chance of a ‘reader error’ or wrong interpretation of the scale is eliminated.

Swimming pool thermometers can also be divided based on how they are used, as either floating or immersed devices. As the name suggests, floating devices are located on the surface of the pool. They are often disguised as toys or other ornate accessories. An immersed thermometer, on the other hand, is fixed a few inches or feet inside the water.Floating pool thermometers are a very popular style, though there is a very obvious downside...

Since warm water rises to the top, your floating thermometer may give you temperature readings of that on the surface. The water below is usually a few degrees colder than the surface, and hence you need to take into account a margin of error. An immersed thermometer, is a more accurate indication of the actual pool temperature, and can be relied upon easily.

Depending on your budget, you may also pick up thermometers with built in alarms and timers. The features are only limited by the amount of money you are willing to shell out. Digital devices lost favor in its earlier avatar since they were delicate and were prone to breaking occasionally. However, irrespective of the device type, most pool thermometers today are made with high grade, corrosion and chemical resistant material, and you can reasonably expect them to last a few years.

Wireless pool thermometers allow the home owner the freedom to place the pool thermometer wherever they please, which will let you get accurate readings by placing it in an apt spot in the pool. The digital pool thermometer is a style which makes it more convenient to check the temperature of your pool. Digital pool thermometers are actually quite reasonably priced.

Regardless of which style of pool thermometer you decide to go with, it is vital to actually have at least one device that will tell you the temperature of your pool water. Knowing and maintaining ideal pool temps will ultimately help you to enjoy your pool much more than if you were 'flying blind.'

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      Kenny Montgomery 7 years ago

      If you do not have a heated pool you can purchase solar covers. This is a great and inexpensive way to heat your pool. Great Hub!