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After living in our first home for a few years, my wife and I could tell that something was wrong. It was exceptionally difficult to regulate our indoor climate, and we constantly found ourselves adjusting the thermostat. Our house was perpetually uncomfortable, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, because we decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor to inspect our system, we were able to detect serious insulation problems early. We decided that it might be helpful to make a website dedicated to providing free information about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so that other people could recognize serious issues.

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Two Ways To Make A Backyard Splash Without Installing A Full Pool

Do you want the luxury and exercise of a full-size pool but can't quite fit it into the family budget or your small backyard? Don't worry, there are still some great alternatives to trekking to the public pool.    

Above-Ground Pools

While the idea of an above-ground pool may bring to mind images of garish backyard inflatables, modern versions are sleek and stylish and can be designed to fit in with your overall landscaping. Coming in at a budget-friendly average cost of between $1,500 and $4,500 (plus $1,000 to $3,000 installation) and armed with new technology to strengthen the liners while keeping them low maintenance, above-ground pools are a great way to avoid the high cost of permanent in-ground construction.

The pool itself can be camouflaged by adding a wraparound deck placed flush with the top of the pool and surrounded by complementary landscaping including stones, bushes and water fountains. If you have an existing deck, place the new pool at the end of the deck and extend matching materials around it to create a full pool play area that blends in as though it had always been there. Homeowners with a sloped yard might even find that placing the pool at the bottom of the hill and surrounding it with a deck creates a fun play area for kids of all ages. 

Swim Spas

For adults looking to do more than splash around, an above-ground pool might not be the perfect solution. But a lap pool might take up to forty feet of your backyard space. How can you find a better compromise? Enter the swim spa. Often called a "treadmill for swimmers," a swim spa is an elongated spa perfect for stretching out while swimming. Like all modern spas, it can be outfitted with technology such as LED lighting, wireless controls, entertainment systems and remote maintenance alerts. 

While a swim spa can be used as a traditional spa with jets and room to sit while relaxing, it can also create an endless swimming experience in a space often not much longer than the owner is tall. The first method is a restraint system that holds the swimmer loosely in place while swimming, so you get the exercise and motion while not actually going anywhere. The second style is a spa that generates a constant current pushing against the swimmer to achieve the same effect.  

With advances in technology and design, both pool options can add enjoyment to any home while remaining less expensive, less cumbersome and fully portable. You might even make your in-ground pool owner friends jealous as you enjoy more for less. Contact a local outlet, such as Anchor Pools & Spas, for further assistance.