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POOL EQUIPMENT

YOUR POOL IS BUILT, THE DECKING IS INSTALLED, and now it’s time to consider the equipment and options you’ll need to run the pool and make your life easier.


Every pool will have a pump in order to circulate the water, and a series of filters and prefilters. These are necessary to avoid turning your swimming pool into a swamp. When building a pool you’ll want to consider where the controls will be to run the pumps, and definitely think about adding a remote control inside the home with a smart timer so that you can set pool run times and programs for different conditions – all from the comfort of your home and with no manual valves to be turned.


Beyond this, everything’s an option, and there are many options to consider in the realms of pool equipment. The first piece of optional pool equipment usually considered is a pool heater. Pool heaters typically run on natural gas, and operate in line with the pool pump. Water is pumped through the pool pump, and then diverted to the heater, where it runs through a manifold that is heated with a natural gas flame, and then rerouted into the pool to warm the water. It’s important to consider that the word pool “heater” is really a misnomer, and it’s really designed to take the edge off the coldness of the water and heat it to a comfortable temperature for swimming. Your pool heater will not turn your pool into a hot tub – it’s simply too small for this function. Many pool systems are designed with a spa or hot tub and a pool side by side – if this is the case, your pool heater is more than capable of heating the spa to over a hundred degrees because of the small volume of water, and will easily heat your pool to 75 degrees if given enough time. Plan on running your pool heater for several hours before the time when you want the pool to be heated as a typical 20,000 gallon pool takes quite a bit of time to bring p to temperature.


Pool heating can also be accomplished with solar circulation systems as well, providing an inexpensive way to heat the pool. The pool equipment for this varies, but usually involves a pump and a series of tubes that are installed on the roof of the house. The pump circulates pool water up to the tubes at slow speed, and the water is heated through sunlight, very much like a garden hose left in the sun will provide remarkably hot water. These systems work best in sunny and warm climates.


Saltwater systems are another option for pool equipment. Saltwater pool systems are an innovative way of not using chemicals in the pool. The salt box and equipment is an automatic feeding system that takes plain old salt, ionizes it through electricity, and converts this salt into natural chlorine which is then fed into the pool. The net result is a natural way of sanitizing the water so that harsh chemicals don’t need to be used. The initial investment is a little pricy, but the saltwater systems will pay for themselves within a few years of usage.


Some other pool equipment options relate to more mundane things such as lighting and maintenance equipment that will make your life easier when maintaining the pool, such as a strong prefilter system. Prefilters are great when vacuuming the pool out because you can take the debris out before it reaches the main filters. Another popular option is to connect the pool draining system to the sewer system on your home, so you can drain the pool without extra and unsightly pumps and hoses running out into the street.


Setting up your pool equipment right initially will go a long way to ensuring you get the maximum amount of enjoyment of your pool, and that you spend more time relaxing rather than maintaining!






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