Summer in AZ is all about the little things: the cold wall of A/C washing over you when you step back inside. A cold drink on your patio as the sun sets and the heat abates. The invigorating shock of diving into a pool’s refreshing waters.

Except, when the sun is baking the water at 100+ temperatures for days on end, the water might not be quite as refreshing as you like.

Many of our communities feature community pools, which means less hassle for you to enjoy a cool dip on a summer’s day. But for those of you that have a pool in your backyard, it can seem impossible to keep your water below boiling point. More so if you're new to the desert summers and are overwhelmed by what pool maintenance entails.

Not to worry! With a couple of tricks, it will be out with the bathwater and in with the refreshing stuff.

The number one factor in keeping your pool cool is to keep it moving. When your water stagnates under the hot sun for hour upon hour every day, that constant heat will cause a steady rise in temperatures. Keeping the water moving by turning on your aerator so the water continually cycles will make an enormous difference.

If you have a water feature, like fountains or waterfalls, those will help as well. Especially when you have guests over and are looking for something slightly more visually appealing than the aerator.

The real tip here is when you aerate. Running your water features during the day will help, but the real work gets done at night. By running your water features overnight, you infuse the water with air that’s 10-20 degrees colder than what you get doing the day. Do this overnight, and you’ll find a perfectly refreshing pool in the morning.

There are a few other additions you can make to keep your water cool. One that will make a big quality-of-life difference is the addition of some misters to your backyard. Position them correctly so the mist reaches the pool, and you’ll notice something interesting. While this won’t directly lower the temperature of the water, what it will do is lower the temperature of the air around the pool, which in turn will cause the temperature to drop. Plus, you’ll get the added bonus of the misters cooling you down even when you’re outside of the pool.

And if you want to go the extra mile, don’t let the sun beat down on your pool at all! With a few well-placed shade sails, you can easily protect your water from the all-day heat. And who would complain about a little extra shade in the Valley of the Sun?

Got any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments! For everything else Shea, visit

Sales by Shea Homes Marketing Company (AZ DRE #CO550381000), Construction by Shea Homes Limited Partnership (ROC #195895).

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