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Old 02-15-2016, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous South Florida
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We have the opportunity to rent a home with a pool. My husband and I are weighing the pros and cons. We have a 3 year old and she would definitely take lessons. Will it keep us cool in the summer? I've heard some people say that with the summer heat & humidity in south Florida, its not very "refreshing" to swim in warm pool water. Is it good for exercise? Can I really use it year round? Is it difficult +/or expensive to maintain? Is it best to have a screen enclosure? Will the bugs be unbearable otherwise? Any feedback would be appreciated! (Except for blatantly rude, condescending & sarcastic comments - you know who you are and you can kindly keep those to yourself )
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:28 PM
 
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Spending time in South Florida off the water (whether ocean, pool, or boat) is no way to live here. If you won't have a boat and access to the ocean, get a pool.

You will want a heated pool for the winter-time. The winter will have some days (especially this winter) where it's too cold to use the pool.

I can't speak to bugs where you will be, but here in Miami Beach you don't need a screen. There are few to no biting bugs.

Maintenance will vary by pool and just what you do to it, expect anywhere from 100-500 a month. It can be even free if you don't treat, clean or heat it
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:57 AM
 
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We have the opportunity to rent a home with a pool. My husband and I are weighing the pros and cons. We have a 3 year old and she would definitely take lessons. Will it keep us cool in the summer? I've heard some people say that with the summer heat & humidity in south Florida, its not very "refreshing" to swim in warm pool water. Is it good for exercise? Can I really use it year round? Is it difficult +/or expensive to maintain? Is it best to have a screen enclosure? Will the bugs be unbearable otherwise? Any feedback would be appreciated! (Except for blatantly rude, condescending & sarcastic comments - you know who you are and you can kindly keep those to yourself )
It's great to have a pool and if the option exists I would go for it if it's something you can comfortably budget. Many pools now have the robot vacuums in place which make keeping it clean less of a hassle, and keeping the proper levels of chlorination, etc. aren't a whole lot of work. Swimming is the best exercise for your body as it's zero resistance and doesn't have the risk for injury/wear and tear like running or biking. Screen enclosures are a must in my opinion, though some will wail about losing a view. What good is a view if you can't sit outside without being eaten alive by mosquitoes, not to mention all the debris that winds up in your pool without it?
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:37 AM
 
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Yes, get a pool. Unless you're right near the beach you will want to get a pool cage, both for bugs and also to help keep it clean.

It doesn't get like "bath water" in the summer, at least in my experience, unless you take baths at 85-88 degrees. It definitely is cooling compared to the heat/humidity outside the pool.

A pool is great for exercise, assuming it's big enough to do laps. If not, then unless you have some sort of swimming harness you're really not exercising. Kids though will get plenty of energy out just splashing around.

If you are building a pool from scratch, I recommend looking into a salt chlorination system. You get water that's not noticeably salty and you don't have the chlorine smell on your skin and hair afterward. A heat pump pool heater is a good idea for the winter (I keep the pool at 83 when I know my kids are going to want to use it).

As kyle19125 mentions, there are all sorts of pool automation options out there. I have a pool robot (Dolphin Nautilus) that I throw in the pool a couple of times a week when the pool is in heavy use and it does a great job.

Also, you will find that pool service companies here are cheap compared to the NE. I pay something like $80 a month for weekly chemical and tile scrubbing, 2-week more thorough cleaning and monthly filter backwashing. Aside from some skimming I've had to do ZERO maintenance. I've never had to add salt or adjust the chemistry.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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When we first moved to Pensacola we leased a home with a pool. My wife used it every day in the Summer and I used it most summer evenings after work and on week-ends. We bought a house without a pool (my idea because I KNEW who would be doing the maintenance) and now we wish we had one. I also agree with above posters that a screened enclosure is a good idea both for bugs and also to keep debris out of the area.
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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Word of advice, before jumping in the pool make sure theres nothing in it like Snakes,spiders,scorpions or even the occasional gator.etc.

https://www.google.ca/webhp?hl=en#hl...n+pool+florida

https://www.google.ca/webhp?hl=en#hl...n+pool+florida
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Davie, FL
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If you are building a pool from scratch, I recommend looking into a salt chlorination system.
A salt system can be added to any existing pool very easily.
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Old 02-16-2016, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous South Florida
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Thank you for all of the helpful replies! As much as we love it here, the heat & humidity of last summer was rough. We spent a lot more time indoors then we wanted to. In the place we're looking at, the pool does have a screen enclosure and a spa area. We're going to look into hiring a pool company to do maintenance. I am so excited - I feel like a kid at Christmas!
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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Word of advice, before jumping in the pool make sure theres nothing in it like Snakes,spiders,scorpions or even the occasional gator.etc.

https://www.google.ca/webhp?hl=en#hl...n+pool+florida

https://www.google.ca/webhp?hl=en#hl...n+pool+florida
I wonder how a gator could easily get in a pool with an intact cage?

Smaller things, for sure. I get a ton of those millipedes. Even a couple of baby snakes. Small frogs. Other bugs. Definitely check the skimmer before swimming
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee Area of WI
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Thank you for all of the helpful replies! As much as we love it here, the heat & humidity of last summer was rough. We spent a lot more time indoors then we wanted to. In the place we're looking at, the pool does have a screen enclosure and a spa area. We're going to look into hiring a pool company to do maintenance. I am so excited - I feel like a kid at Christmas!
Enjoy CTtoFL!!
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