How about picturing a summer season with fewer trips to the pool store for new equipment? The latest in trends in pool technology are bound to help you keep your backyard oasis maintained and running efficiently, offering you more days of fun and fewer days of backyard chores.
Priming the pump. Maintaining a pool's pump and other system components are the least attractive parts about owning one since you'd much rather be in the pool rather than staring at it. The pump is the heart of your pool's system, and keeping it in tiptop shape during both the early as well as the dog days of summer is vital. Keeping the water in your pool flowing is a key element of good water quality. But operating a pool pump nonstop, which is optimal for maintaining high water quality, can be costly. Recent advances in pump technology include energy efficient variable speed motors, permitting you to dial it up when needed, perhaps to power water features or spa jets, or down to a trickle when your pool is not in use. Variable speed pumps can be connected to pool automation systems, enabling you to program pump speed according to your needs. It's also wise to make sure your pump is Energy Star certified, saving you as much on your monthly energy bills as possible.
Shedding some light on it. Although the fundamental way pools are maintained has remained pretty much the same for the last fifty years, times are changing. A new system called SpectraLight bombards water a powerful ultraviolet light as it travels through the pump system, destroying algae, viruses, bacteria and other organic matter that can contaminate swimming pools. The system can significantly reduce chemical demands, which in turn makes your pool much easier to maintain, saving you both time and money, and improving your pool's overall health.
Do you have the right chemistry? Did you know that the alkalinity and chlorine and pH levels of your pool can change every time your kids do a belly-flop, when it rains or when debris blows in? Even flopping the garden hose into your pool water can alter the chemical composition of your pool, leaving you with a repetitive, tedious and often bothersome chemical balancing act. Instead of doing the "pool boy" thing with a test kit, look to state-of-the-art systems that will automatically monitor and adjust your pool's chemical levels and keep them optimally balanced, saving you money on costly pool chemicals. Ask your pool supply dealer about these amazing systems or go online and do some basic research.
How 'bout those pesky leaves and bugs? While using your handy telescopic net may give you a feeling of power, advances in automated pool cleaning systems can be real time savers. The newest kind of automatic pool cleaning system involves low-profile robots that will pop up automatically to drive all debris down to the drain and out of the pool, much the way an automated sprinkler system works. These "Roomba-like" devices may not find your cat taking a ride, but they are pretty cool to watch as they travel around your pool. Several models are made by Pentair, Hayward, and Polaris with varying feature levels, benefits, and pricing.
Artificial intelligence is alive and well. Automation gives you complete one-touch control of your pool and spa environment and can even be added to an existing pool. It allows your pool pump, light, spa and other features and functions to turn on and off at designated times even when Big Brother is not watching. You can program your pool via a remote control or on the automation unit itself from your mobile device or computer. By automating your pool system, you can decrease the energy required to operate your pool. So why spend half your summer making trips to the local pool store, unless you consider it the only time you can socialize with the other pool owners in your neighborhood? Investing in a few new technologies this season just might keep you blissfully floating, eliminating the need for even a driverless car.