Natatoriums - Indoor Air Quality Control
by Danielle Hardgrave on April 16th, 2016

N is for Natatorium - A to Z Blogging Challenge
​​If someone came up to you right now and asked you to go to the natatorium with them, what would you say? Perhaps, "What's a natatorium?" or, "Who are you, and why are you in my house?" 

Natatorium is a word we don't often encounter these days. It comes from the Latin word natare, "to swim." It originated in the late-nineteenth century, around the same time swimming clubs were popping up all across Britain. If you haven't guessed it already, natatorium is just a fancy word for indoor swimming pool. Technically, it's actually the term for the building in which the swimming pool is housed, but let's not get into semantics.
Natatorium Pool Postcard
(postcard, circa 1907-1924)

What does your natatorium look like? Does it look slightly like a flooded prison, as above? Probably not, but is there still something you'd like to change about it? If you don't have an indoor swimming pool, what would you picture as being your ideal?

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that nobody's ideal natatorium features a stifling level of humidity. I could be wrong—there are some that thrive in the tropics and may seek that atmosphere at home—but I think it's fair to say that battling window condensation and constant stickiness isn't a popular past time for a reason.

Thankfully, there is a trouble-free way that you can battle humidity in order to get closer to your natatorium goals. If you don't have an indoor pool, keep reading: there's going to be good stuff for you too.

Let's take a second to think about why your pool is humid. It's simple really: your pool water is evaporating and filling up the air with tiny H20 particles. That being the case, bringing down your humidity levels should just be as easy as stopping your pool water from evaporating, right? Exactly. And what's the most efficient way to accomplish that goal? You guessed it: a liquid pool cover.

Heatsavr and Ecosavr cover your pool with a liquid monolayer that prevents up to 50% of evaporation, meaning you could cut your natatorium's humidity levels in half just by pouring in a little liquid or tossing in a fish once a month. That's swell!

Don't have an indoor pool? Like I said, outdoor pools can see huge benefits by using a liquid pool cover, too. Remember, when your pool water seeps up into the atmosphere, it's doing more than just making the air a little less dry. Namely, it's taking your pool's heat with it. 70% of your pool's heat is lost this way. Yikes! That's where Heatsavr and Ecosavr come in handy for you.

Once all that's taken care of, the part of your brain that you normally use to worry about humidity and heat loss can be repurposed. I would suggest using it to remember obscure historical facts, or maybe filling it with outdated terms, like natatorium or quockerwodger. 


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