Indoor Pools: Are They Ever A Good Choice?

by Editor on June 13, 2013

Indoor Pool

At a glance, having an indoor pool installed in a home seems like a really good idea. Outdoor pools are definitely more common in the United States, but they can only be used when the weather is right. If you live in a part of the country that has particularly long winters, you will most likely only be using an outdoor pool for roughly half the year, and even then you are at the mercy of rain, thunderstorms and other inclement weather.

With all that in mind, installing an indoor pool seems to make the most sense. However, owning an indoor pool has its own drawbacks. As with all major investments, you should consider all the pros and the cons when deciding if installing an indoor pool is really a good idea.

Pros

The biggest pro of having an indoor pool is convenience. An indoor pool can be used throughout the entire year, even when it’s too cold or too rainy to safely swim outdoors. Indoor pools are also a bit easier to maintain and keep clean since you won’t have to worry about debris or wildlife making a mess. Since you won’t have to rely on the weather, keeping an indoor pool heated is much easier.

Cons

Indoor pools may appear to be a lot more convenient than outdoor pools, but they do come with some major downsides. The biggest drawback of having an indoor pool is the price. Swimming pools are generally fairly expensive anyway, but an indoor pool requires building an extension of your house, something that is much more costly and time consuming than digging out space in your backyard for a swimming pool. The pool itself will also cost you more money on energy bills. Not only is there one more (very large) space you need to keep lit, but water heating systems and water pumps will need to be kept running a lot longer than they would if you had an outdoor pool.

Indoor pools may actually be much more dangerous than outdoor pools, something that few people consider. A swimming pool must be treated with chlorine if it is to be safe to use. While the level of chlorine found in swimming pool water is generally safe, it can combine with various contaminants such as sweat, urine, hair and other things that get into a pool when people use it and form potentially dangerous and even carcinogenic chloramines. In outdoor pools, chloramines escape into the atmosphere where they do little harm to swimmers. However, chloramines can become trapped within the enclosed area surrounding an indoor pool. It isn’t known exactly how dangerous many of the chloramines are, but a 2006 study of young indoor swimmers in Quebec suggest that they can cause respiratory problems in people who are otherwise healthy and in good shape.

In the end, the decision to install an indoor or outdoor swimming pool is up to you. A pool can provide you and your family with a great source of exercise and recreation, but requires a careful planning. Many homeowners will find that an indoor pool installation is often the first step towards a larger home improvement overhaul, and will find that their home is further benefited from a quick roof replacement or window tinting project. As with any home improvement project, you should always weigh the pros and cons before deciding to add a swimming pool to your home, whether or not you plan to keep it indoors.

About the Author

Guest author Brandy Whittaker recently installed an indoor pool in her home, and could not be more thrilled with the results. To best maximize her pool, she decided upon a window tint from Sun Tech Glass Tinting for her pool room.

photo by: Porto Bay Trade

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