Just like home automation, pool automation was once for only the extremely cutting-edge or computer geeks; but today, even the least tech-savvy among us are growing accustomed to managing our lives with our smartphones. But you don’t need to be that person in order to enjoy the benefits of pool automation.
Founder of Swim University®, Matt Giovanisci aims to simplify pool and hot tub care, water chemistry, cleaning, and troubleshooting. Most of the resources from Giovanisci relate to pool maintenance and repairs, and he details many ways that pool automation can serve you in these tasks. Today we’ll summarize some of his tips.
Pool Automation Benefits
Not only can pool automation simplify many necessary maintenance tasks related to your pool or spa, but it can also allow you to do so remotely. Wherever you can get online – even half-way around the world, whether on a business trip or vacation – you can easily monitor and control your pool. For instance, you could turn on the spa before you head home from work and program your heater and variations in pump speed without lifting a finger. (We’ll discuss how to determine your optimal pool pump speed in another post.) You can also use the same system to control other aspects of your outdoor oasis, such as lighting, music, and more.
Pool Automation Options
Just like home automation, you can choose from a variety of products and apps, including popular options such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa. More robust home automation systems, of course, can also be used. Whatever products you choose, you’ll ideally need to start with a high-speed, reliable internet connection via either a wired ethernet connection or a wireless WiFi connection; either way, though, you need the speed to be at least 3 Mbps in your swimming pool space. (You can check your internet connection speed with an online tester such as this one.)
Pool Automation Basic Setup
To enter the world of pool automation, you will need to set up whatever pool systems or accessories you wish to automate or be able to control remotely to a control or switch; this step may require hiring an electrician; setup should take only a few hours, though. At the heart of your pool automation system, a control hub will connect to the pool’s heater, pump, and smart relays, which can be programmed to control various added devices such as booster pumps and lights. By including a touchscreen control pad, you will be able to adjust settings on any of this equipment from your patio area, even if internet connectivity is lost.
In our next post, we’ll look at added tips for startup as well as several applications and ideas for using various smart pool features.
Continue Reading about Pools
Lyon Financial: America’s Leading Pool Lender
Since 1979 Lyon Financial has made the backyard resort dream come true for over 500,000 families across the U.S. Through our solid relationships with more than 3,000 pool contractors and our continued commitment to putting our clients first, we have built a reputation as the first choice in providing pool financing solutions. For more information, visit lyonfinancial.net or call (877) 754-5966 today.