When you shop for an unique outdoor fountain that will add style to your yard, your first priority may be to find a model that suits your preferred style. You should also give some thought to the various features that each fountain offers. Some fountains include a built-in timer that you can set so that the fountain runs for a certain duration, and then turns off afterward. This is a valuable feature to have, and while you may not want to choose a certain fountain specifically for this reason, it's ideal if the fountain you're leaning toward offers it. Here are some benefits of choosing an outdoor fountain with a timer.

Less Wasted Electricity

An outdoor fountain doesn't use an enormous amount of electricity, but it does require some to operate the pump. When you let the fountain run around the clock, you will use a considerable amount of electricity over time. However, when your fountain has a built-in timer, you can set the fountain to run only at certain times. For example, if your family is out of the house during the day from around 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., there's little reason to have the fountain running. You can easily program the timer to shut off the fountain while you're out and start it up again when you get home.

Quiet At Night

Some people enjoy opening their bedroom window at night, given that the neighborhood is quiet and the temperature is pleasant. If your fountain is situated in your yard immediately below your window, you may be aware of the sound of the water flowing. Lots of people will find this sound relaxing, but those who struggle to get to sleep may find the sound distracting. Programming the timer so that the fountain shuts off shortly before you customarily go to bed will help you to sleep more soundly.

Fewer Tasks To Remember

The average homeowner often has a number of tasks floating around his or her head, which can often be overwhelming. When you're getting ready to leave the house, you may be thinking of several things — did you turn the stove off? Are the windows shut? Will you remember to arm the security system? Trying to remember the status of the fountain so that you can shut it off if desired is just one more thing to consider, but when you program the fountain's timer, you will no longer have to fuss over remembering to turn the fountain off.