Stay Cool in Summer
In the summer, there is nothing like a long vacation on a beach where individuals can cool off in the lake or ocean waves. With a swimming pool, homeowners can have this delightful experience all summer long without having to pay exorbitant fees for staying in a hotel or resort. Plus, swimming pools come with a variety of other benefits that will make the decision of whether to pay for a swimming pool quite easy. Whether one chooses an above-ground or below-ground pool is not important. Consider the four following benefits of home swimming pools, some of which are not often discussed.
1. Know Where the Kids Are
The swimming pool often becomes one of the favorite parts of the home and the neighborhood once temperatures start to climb in the summer. Homeowners often find that they spend numerous evenings and weekends every season lounging around the pool or floating in the water with a drink in hand. However, the social benefits for families with children are huge. Instead of worrying about where their children are, parents are more likely to see their children inviting their friends and neighbors over for fun pool parties. Having a custom swimming pool means that parents will know that their children are somewhere safe. While parents must continue to keep a close eye on their children because of the inherent dangers of the water, they will love how the pool inspires a sense of togetherness, improves friendships and helps develop children’s swimming skills.
2. Be Confident in Cleanliness
Public swimming pools can be incredibly dirty. Some may assume that public pools treat their water frequently and therefore have save, clean water. However, science has shown that there are plenty of dangerous and downright disgusting substances in the average public pool. According to the CDC, public pools are hotbeds for feces and E. Coli. In fact, the CDC stated that approximately an eighth of public pools have serious health concerns. Other bugs that can be found in public pools include Cryptosporidium and Giardia. While swimmers can still contribute germs to a home pool, homeowners have much more control over how often and how well they clean it.
3. Experience Better Health
Getting into the water can help individuals experience great exercise benefits. Some are obvious, such as improved muscle tone throughout the whole body, including the core, and improved cardiovascular health from the aerobic exercise. Even those who do not like to swim can experience these benefits from performing water aerobics, which are simple exercise moves that are amplified when performed underwater. Water takes the impact out of exercises, benefiting the joints. A 2009 study showed that swimming can improve asthma symptoms in children. Swimming can also provide mental health benefits, such as improved state of mind. Swimming and water exercise can improve sleep, perfect for people with insomnia.
4. Vacation in the Backyard
With a private swimming pool, families can enjoy personal vacations whenever they wish. Rather than paying exorbitant prices for all-inclusive resorts, they can enjoy the sun and the water with all the comforts of home. Using the pool as the prime location for a “staycation” can be a smart move for homeowners who are struggling with other bills, who are hesitant to travel or who wish to invite family and friends over for a long weekend.
While owning a swimming pool can increase a bit of the maintenance workload of the household, the benefits of pool ownership are numerous. In many cases, a pool can raise the resale value of the home, particularly in neighborhoods where many already have pools. Plus, the physical, mental and social benefits are enormous for families of all ages and sizes.