Dampness is never appreciated...
by Monique Nelson on February 7th, 2012

Have you ever noticed that some words create negative reactions, no matter how they are used? "Damp" is one of those words, I think.

Nobody likes to be damp. Damp feels sticky and pleasant.
Generally, if you are called to use a "damp cloth" it is because something spilled on something expensive and you are hoping that it won't leave a stain.

I read an article in Recreation Management titled "Don't Let Budget Problems Dampen Your Aquatics Program." Dampen, in this sense, is certainly no good.

The article mainly focuses on Indoor pool facilities, as they require a great deal more ongoing service to keep the space around the pool comfortable, healthy, clean and in good working order. Those extra services can increase operating costs quite a bit.

Heating and dehumidifying are two necessary - and expensive - evils of indoor pool centers. The article suggests that you use high-efficiency equipment whenever possible, and incorporate smart control strategies to save as much time and money as possible.

What if you can't afford to replace or even retrofit your equipment? Here are some tips the guest columnist shared in the article:
  • Reduce your outside air rates whenever possible - off-peak hours or when the weather is sufficiently cooperative.
  • Do not turn your heating and dehumidifying systems on and off based on peak-periods. That will make their workload that much harder when they are turned on again, and it could create "damp" situations throughout your space.
  • Ensure your supply air IS directed over walls and windows, and IS NOT directed into the return duct.
  • Shut off water features when they aren't being used to reduce the evaporation rate, and therefore water & heat loss and higher humidity levels.
  • Use a pool cover.

For the first three points, if you want more information, you will have to read the article and send your questions to the author, as he knows much more about those systems that I do.

However, when it comes to evaporation, I do know a few things. Reducing evaporative loss is my specialty, really. The pool cover I would recommend is Heatsavr, of the liquid variety. It does not involve hauling heavy blankets off and on your pool. It does not involve spending a lot of extra money to get a custom fit shape or size. It does involve up to 50% reduction in heat and water loss, and energy savings up to 35%.

Don't let budget problems dampen your aquatics program. Don't let the difficulty of using a traditional pool blanket dampen your spirits. Keep your pool open 24/7 with Heatsavr, the liquid pool cover.

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