In this second article in our series on swimming pool automation (see Part 1), we’ll explore some of the pool automation equipment you may want to consider getting for your backyard pool. There are even more options out there, but these selections are among the most popular for residential pool owners.
Sanitize Your Pool Effortlessly with an Automatic Chlorine Generator
You may love the look and feel of crystal-clear pool water. Even more important than making sure the water looks clear, however, is guaranteeing that it’s at a safe, sanitary chlorination level for swimming. That’s one big reason why a chlorine generator can prove to be one of the most helpful pool automation devices you could possibly purchase.
As a responsible pool owner, if you’ve kept up with your pool chlorination duties, you’re very familiar with the routine. You take your test kit, sample your water, and figure out the amount of chlorine you need to add after looking at the results of the test. Having to run this test multiple times throughout the course of the swimming season can get to be a time-consuming burden.
Thanks to automatic chlorine generators, you can cross this bothersome chore off of your pool maintenance to-do list. The generator will test the water for you and add precisely the correct amount of chlorine needed to keep your pool water sanitary each day. Though you can choose from a number of different generators, salt water chlorine generators are becoming increasingly sought after because of their track record of top-notch performance.
Circulate and Heat Your Pool Water While Saving Energy with an Automatic Timer
Automatic timers are a great first step into the world of pool automation. They’re helpful for both pool water heating and circulation. These handy devices can turn your pool heater and pump on for a specific amount of time according to the temperature parameters and timescale you have set up. This system gives you the freedom to step into warm, well-circulated water even when you’ve spent the day away from home at work or running errands.
Another plus for automatic timers is that they can help to prevent damage to your pool from freezing during the winter months. It can also be frustrating when you discover that you’ve accidentally forgotten to turn your pump or heater off and that you’ve wasted energy. An automatic timer can help with energy costs by just running your equipment for a specified time.
Enjoy a Sparkling Clean Pool with an Automatic Pool Cleaner
Swimming is more relaxing when you aren’t worried about running into a bunch of leaves, bugs, and other debris as you glide through the water. The only problem is that keeping all that stuff out of the pool on a regular basis can be a real hassle. That’s where an automatic pool cleaner can come into the picture.
These wonderful devices will vacuum and scrub your pool’s interior surfaces diligently while you spend your time lounging by the water. Just like the popular in-home automatic vacuum cleaners that have been on the market for a while now, these underwater cleaning machines work wonders. You can get a cleaner that works like a robotic vacuum, a pressure cleaner, or a suction cleaner. If you really want to make life a breeze, you can get all three types of automatic pool cleaners!
In the final article in this series, we’ll take a look at the benefits of getting a pool and spa control system. We’ll also do a summarizing wrap up of the pros and cons of pool automation.
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