Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) September 12, 2013
The end of the summer is the best time for people considering a pool to start planning so they can be “cool in the pool” by next year, according to Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP).
“If this year’s near-record-setting heat has consumers thinking about a new backyard oasis, now is Pool Planning Season. Now is the time to get started and beat the heat next year with an affordable, energy-efficient, and sustainable environment for connecting with family and friends. And APSP members are the best resource to help consumers achieve their dreams,” said Bill Weber, President and CEO of APSP.
The world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to both the needs of its member professionals and to the enjoyment and safety of pools, spas, and hot tubs recommends five tips for the start of Pool Planning Season:
1. Ask yourself and those who are most important to you what you’d enjoy out of having a pool and spa.
Small or lavish, modest or flamboyant, your pool is an extension of the most popular living areas of your home. Think not just about the pool itself, but an environment that will meet your needs, suit your lifestyle, and count most when you’re slipping into the water.
2. Consider affordability.
Pools can be surprisingly affordable. Your individual costs will depend on such considerations as size, hot tub or other water features, screen or landscaped enclosures, heater (gas, electric or solar) and deck or patio design. As you advance in planning, you’ll also review the quality of workmanship and design, underground strength, ease of maintenance, warranty, and service.
3. Think about the ideal pool type will meet your needs, budget, and setting.
What size and shape will fit your surroundings? From there, you’ll start to think about what materials will work and how the purchase and installation fit with your budget.
4. Consider equipment and other options.
Will you want fresh water, salt water, or another medium? Should your pool be heated? What kind of equipment will keep the water sparkling and energy needs low? A good pump is essential, so ask about energy efficiency, capacity, quiet operation, warranty, and, of course, price.
5. Where should your pool go?
There’s a size, shape, and type of pool for almost any environment. From landscaping to lavish decking, from outdoor kitchens and fireplaces to cascading waterfalls, there are countless – and affordable – ways to make your pool an inviting addition to your home.
To find out more about developing consumer plans for pools, spas, and hot tubs, visit APSP.org. To locate a pool professional who can offer individualized expertise and advice, visit APSP.org/MemberLocator.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.