Is there one best pool water temperature? The swimming pool contractors from SwimRight Pools in Scottsdale, AZ know that’s a trick question! It’s like asking if “it’s hot enough for you!” Everyone’s idea of an “ideal pool water temp” is based on their own personal preferences. Sure there are temperatures that are too warm and others that are too cold, but the temps in between are another thing altogether.

Take, for example, if you’re a competitive swimmer and are swimming laps for time, then you’d want the water cooler than you would if you’re just floating around or swimming slow, leisurely laps, right? Right! A competitive swimmer would probably feel comfortable in water that had temps between 78 and 82 degrees. Warmer temps are usually more comfortable for those who just use the pool for relaxation and family fun.

If you live in Arizona, for many months of the year, you certainly don’t need a pool water heater, but in the “winter months” you may want a water heater to make the pool more comfortable so you can use the pool throughout what is considered the off months.

What’s the best pool water temperature?

What do you need to take into consideration when you’re thinking about investing in a pool water heater or turning your pool water heater on?

  1. Temperature can impact the schedule for pool maintenance. Higher temps lead to faster water evaporation and that means your pool water will see a faster build up of dissolved solids.
  2. Higher temps burn off the sanitizer faster that means the water chemistry will be impacted.
  3. Higher temps also feed algae growth if there are algae spores in the water.
  4. Warmer water will make you more sleepy if you’re getting a workout in.

You can heat the pool water with a solar heater (great for Arizona pool owners) a gas or electric powered pool water heater. Give us a call if you want to discuss a pool water heater for your Arizona pool.