What Is A Pool Aerator?

Ever taken a dip in a lukewarm pool? Climates that tend to have long stretches of hot weather almost always cause pool water to warm up. So when you’re itching to cool down on a hot summer day, the last thing you want to do is dive into a warm pool. That’s why aerators have become a popular and useful device for pool owners in hot, dry climates like Arizona.

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What Does an Aerator Do?

A pool aerator is a device that attaches to the side of your pool and connects to your return line. Its purpose is to cool your pool down a few degrees by introducing oxygen into the water. Once you turn on an aerator, it will immediately begin shooting streams of oxygen into your pool to help keep the temperature at a comfortable, swimmable degree.

You can expect an aerator to lower your pool water’s temperature by about three to four degrees Fahrenheit. This is especially useful for shallow or above-ground pools.

Benefits of Aerating Your Pool

If you don’t have a pool fountain, you should consider an aerator. It’s easy to use and can benefit your pool in a few different ways, particularly for those dealing with warm, unbalanced water.

It Cools Your Water

Aerating your pool is the best way to keep your water temperature cool. This temperature regulation is ideal for evening out the water temperature during consistently hot days, preventing your pool from becoming uncomfortably warm. Aeration also helps extend the life of your chlorine.

It Improves Circulation

An aerator can help circulate your pool’s water since it’s constantly shooting water and oxygen into it. The water and oxygen will move stagnant water and prevent the likelihood of algae growth. Aerating your pool also moves chemicals around which helps balance and clarify your water.

It Increases the pH and Lowers Alkalinity

The only way to increase your pool’s pH while lowering its alkalinity is by aeration. Keep in mind that an aerator can’t increase the pH by itself, so you’ll have to add muriatic acid to do so. Run your aerator at night for the best results.

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How To Aerate Your Pool

Aerating your pool is easy and user-friendly. Aerators can attach to both in-ground and above-ground pools. Aerators are typically installed into your pool deck and connected to the pool pump or return line. To use your pool aerators, simply adjust the valve.

What If I Already Have a Water Feature?

Fountains and jets can also be used as aerators, so if you have an existing water feature, you can get some instant aeration just by turning them on. In the end, your decision to use an aerator depends on the size of your pool and the type of water quality you want.

Can You Aerate an Above-Ground Pool?

Of course! Above-ground swimming pools can get hot just like an in-ground pool, except heat will transfer through its walls instead of the surface. Consider purchasing one for your above-ground pool, especially if you’re on a budget and need a quick way to lower the pool temperature.

Other Options for Aerating Your Pool

Not every pool needs an aerator. Sometimes all you need to do is adjust your existing pool features and return jets.

Water Features 

Features like fountains, waterfalls, or deck jets can all provide aeration. Any sort of movement that introduces water and air into your pool like a running pool feature is a smart alternative to purchasing an aerator. Besides, splashing around a waterfall or fountain is fun for the whole family.

water features in swimming pool

Angling Return Jets

A simple way to aerate your pool is to angle and adjust your return jets. You can do this by loosening the return fitting and adjusting it as desired. Just be careful not to over-tighten it when you tighten the fitting back into place.

Pool Chillers

Finally, you could install a pool chiller. Pool chillers are a great investment if you’re interested in cooling your pool water down by eight to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. That said, pool chillers are an investment, so if you’re on a budget, an aerator is the way to go.

Pool Aerator Tips

Choose Brass Instead of Plastic

A brass aerator is resistant to corrosion and lasts longer than standard plastic ones, making it a superior choice for pool owners. ePoolSupply is proud to carry the all-new Hammertech Solutions brass pool aerator.

Check Pool Water pH Levels 

Regularly checking your pool water’s pH levels helps ensure you’re not over-aerating. A high pH can cause skin rashes, cloudy water, and damaged pool equipment. 

Avoid Over-Aerating

Yes, you can over-aerate if you’re not careful. Over-aerating your pool can cause the pH level to skyrocket and damage your pool equipment. We recommend only running your aerator at night.

Aerate Your Pool With ePoolSupply

Pool aerators aren’t for everyone, but they’re a huge help if you live in a hot climate. Never jump into a warm pool ever again with the help of ePoolSupply. We’ve been supplying industry-leading pool care products that’ll make your swimming experience a true splash.

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