The private swimming pool and spa is a major advantage of having a vacation rental home. The clubhouse pools can be busy and often close at dusk and so the ability to swim with just your friends and family at nearly any time of the day at your own home can be a great part of your vacation experience.
Vacation rental homes that have a private pool generally charge from $25-$50 a day for pool heat. At Lelani Beach Club we charge $30/day similar to other homes in our area.
Heating the swimming pool is recommended year round. You will enjoy the pool a lot more if it is heated. The only time we might try to skip pool heat is during the summer months of June-August. Even then, depending on the weather…it is worth the cost for a fully enjoyable experience with the hot tub/spa.
All of the Disney World resort and park pools are heated year round to 82 degrees. Other hotels and resorts pools heat their pools between 82-85°F (27-29°C) We typically heat our Lelani Beach Club pool to 85 degrees so it is warmer than at Disney and very wonderful for a swim. We can set it remotely to a temperature you prefer so just let us know if you’d like it cooler.
Spa / Hot Tub Heat
At homes in the Windsor Island resort, the pool heaters are used to heat the spa/hot tub as well if there is one. Spas only heat when the spa jets are activated and all power diverts to heat the spa to 101 degrees. During this time the pool is not heating. When the spa cycle is finished, the pool will begin to heat again. Do not run the spa all the time or you will have a colder pool.
Note: If there is a spa and you don’t pay for pool heat then you will not get spa heat either.
Not All Pool Heaters are Created Equal
The majority of home pool heaters in Windsor Island are installed by the builder and have a difficult time keeping up with colder weather because they are underpowered. They also do not have the ability to be controlled or monitored. At Lelani Beach Club we replaced the pool equipment with a more reliable heater and higher capacity dual-speed pump to give our guests a more consistent experience. So when you pay for the heat you are more likely to actually get it.
Other Pool Heater Considerations
It can take the pool heater about 1-2 days to get the pool up to its set temperature. If a guest has paid for pool heat we turn it on BEFORE their stay so that it has heated up ready for their arrival. If a property owner does not do this you might not be able to use the pool upon arrival.
During the colder winter months, the effectiveness of ANY vacation home pool heater is dependent on the outside air temperature. Pool heaters run on electric heat exchange pumps that pull in the outside air to circulate and heat the pool. If the outside air temperature is below 60 degrees, the pool heater will not operate efficiently and the pool may not reach its set temperature during the daily run time (typically 9 am to 10 pm). Having a higher quality pool heater/pump increases the likelihood that your pool experience will be enjoyable.
Lelani Beach Club has the largest private pool (12’x26′), a spa/hot tub, and the most spacious pool deck / lenai available for any of the homes located at Windsor Island. Houses with less than 8 bedrooms have a shorter pool with an optional spa and the townhomes have a smaller splash pool at 7.5’x18′.
We suggest that you get pool heat for your stay for maximum enjoyment and that you rent a home that has high quality and reliable pool equipment for the best opportunity to have it meet your expectations.
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