The heat island effect is a problems induced by urbanisation of areas. It makes the surface and the atmosphere much hotter than the air around it, and much hotter than if the same surface was in a rural area. To avoid the negative effects it is advised to add more trees and vegetation to your yard, use cool pavements, and even to create a green roofs (oftentimes by growing a garden on top of your roof). While there is no concrete evidence that adding a swimming pool could reduce the heat island effect, some sources show that bodies of water do help cool urban environments. Even though a swimming pool is man-made and not necessarily the same type of “body of water” being discussed, it certainly could help create a cooler environment for your yard. Not only would the water cool the air around it, but also the reflective quality of the water would not absorb the heat from the sun, but rather send it back towards the heavens. While swimming pools are not commonly talked about with the heat island effect, more than likely they would reduce the effects of it.
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