Summer has arrived early in many parts of Australia, with record high spring temperatures being felt across the country. For many Australian homeowners, the warmer than average weather has made the decision to install a backyard pool a much easier one. A pool can make the difference between a long, hot summer and a fun, entertaining and refreshing break for your family.

A pool is a fairly major addition to your home and is also a considerable financial investment. For these reasons, it's important to ensure that your new pool has all the features you need to make it a safe and enjoyable environment. Here are two vital things to consider that you may not have thought of when first deciding to add a pool to your home.

1. A saltwater chlorinator

There's no question that pools need to have chemicals added periodically to keep them clean and hygienic. Chlorine is one of these essential chemicals but the high levels of chlorine in traditional pools can be harsh on eyes and skin, particularly during periods of constant and extended usage. It's also a dangerous and toxic chemical to store in your home.

A far less harsh and less toxic alternative is to have a salt water chlorinator installed in your new pool. This system uses salt as the main disinfectant compound and only uses very small amounts of chlorine to maintain the right pH balance in your pool's water. A saltwater chlorinator also provides a superior swimming experience, with water that tastes and smells better.

2. The pump system

As well as maintaining the right chemical balances in your pool, the pumping system is another vital part of keeping your pool clean and healthy to swim in. There are many types of budget pumps available but it's important to choose one that's robust and efficient, even if it means spending a little more initially. You'll recoup the added expense over the years with reduced maintenance and replacement costs.

Pumps can also be fairly expensive to run. It's worthwhile investing in a solar powered pump which will reduce your pump's electricity costs dramatically. Also, ensure that your pump has an oversized filter instead of a standard size to ensure the most efficient filtration of your pool's water.

Once you've sorted out these two technical aspects, the fun part of designing and landscaping your new pool begins. If you need help, your local pool builder can help you to come up with the style, shape and choice of materials to create your dream backyard pool. For more information, contact companies like Gold Coast Family Pools & Spas.