Every pool needs extras to help it keep clean and sparkling blue. There are always new products on the market and we will help you decide on the best option for your swimming pool requirements.
Sand filters are one of the most popular ways to filter water. For good reason. They are simple, effective, and require very little attention. Pool water is routed through a sand-filled pressure vessel. Over time, dirt accumulates in the spaces between the sand particles causing the pressure in the vessel to rise as water finds it harder to pass through. This signals you to backwash the filter. Simply reverse the water flow and knock out the dirt.
Cartridge filters' proven design uses special filter elements to strip particles from pool water with great effectiveness. Maintenance? Open the top. Remove the cartridge. Hose it off. What could be simpler? Water flows very efficiently through the filters allowing the use of smaller pumps or lower pump speeds to minimize energy use. And when consumers rinse cartridges rather than backwash, they can significantly reduce water use too.
Single speed pumps are your traditional pool pump and have been in use for decades. Once turned on, it runs at a constant speed. These are the least expensive to purchase, however they are extremely noisy and inefficient. It has been said that a single speed pool pump is the most expensive appliance in most homes.
Variable speed pumps are an entirely different animal. Unlike the inefficient induction motors used in single and two-speed pumps, variable speed pump utilize what's known as a permanent magnet motor. They allow the user to "dial in" the exact flow rate they need for their pool allowing them to capitalize on the golden rule of pool circulation: slower is better. The idea is that by reducing the flow rate of water, there is less friction, which makes the entire system dramatically more efficient.
They are also much quieter, vibrate less, run cooler, last longer, are digitally controlled, and have advanced diagnostics. Basically, variable speed pumps are the Cadillac of pool pumps, and most studies show that they are 90% more efficient than standard one-speed pumps.
Pool chlorinators creates their own chlorine in the pool water, meaning you don't need to add chlorine to your pool manually. Furthermore, a chlorinator also helps to eliminate red eyes, skin irritations and harsh chemical odours which can be caused by conventional chlorinated pools.
Chlorinators use electrolysis to sanitise your swimming pool, by passing salt water through an electrolytic cell which converts chloride contained in the salt water into chlorine. The average chlorinator requires 4-5,000ppm (parts per million) salt or around 6-8 bags a year to produce chlorine effectively. This is about the same level as a tear drop. As a comparison sea water is 35,000ppm salt.
GENERIC BENEFITS OF SALT CHLORINATION
• No more red eyes and itchy skin.
• Softer and healthier water.
• Total convenience – no need to manually add granular chlorine.
• No need to store hazardous chemicals.
There are a vast array of cleaners available for your pool including Dolphin, Zodiac MX6 or MX8 and other well known brands. We will advise you on the best model for your shape and size of pool.
Eco-friendly, energy-efficient heating option. Heat pumps transfer the heat from outside air to your pool, providing the most energy efficient pool and spa heating available in regions where they are practical. Compared to other heaters, heat pumps can operate for up to 80% less. They're also clean and safe to operate.
Solar panels (made of durable and hard-wearing HDPE) are fitted to the roof. Water from the pool is channelled through the panels and is heated by the sun's rays. The water is then returned to the pool by the existing pool pump. With such an efficient system temperatures between 22º C and 41º C are achieved. This system not only absorbs heat directly from the sun, but absorbs heat by conduction from your roof. In effect, the roof becomes part of the solar system.
The Solar Blanket is designed to retain water temperature and extend your swimming season. It also assist in preventing leaves and debris from entering the pool.
And thats about it! We hope this guide gives you a better understanding of the choices you have when building your swimming pool. Don't worry if all these option seem a bit much and overwhelming. Contact us and we will find the best solution for you and your home or business.