Swimming… Benefits for Asthmatic Individuals!

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In The Swim: Blog

There is a huge number of people who use swimming as their main form of exercise. It’s easy on the joints, and fun to do! For individuals with asthma, you can assume that a physical exercise, like swimming, could be detrimental to an individuals health. Something that requires intentional and controlled breathing, seems like a terrible idea for someone who deals with asthmatic troubles.

Although, interestingly enough, there are no studies that have proven that swimming causes issues for someone with asthma. Which is good news! In fact, the warm and humid atmosphere can actually help improve and ease breathing troubles. Swimming is one of our favorite forms of exercise, but the general rule is, ANY exercise is ideal! It can help with several areas, such as sleep, energy, and most importantly, respiratory and circulatory systems. Backyardpool

Typically, swimming is not linked to triggering asthma attacks. The natural moister in the air, from the pool, makes it easier to breathe, compared to other land-based activities. Obviously, we advise you to take caution while using swimming as your form of exercise. We recommend being very careful about the pH and chlorine levels. This can cause breathing issues, if there isn’t a proper balance.

Let us help you improve your exercise life, and your home aesthetics, by walking you through the process of installing a new pool. For any other questions, you can contact us at: PLATINUM POOLS AZ or call us at: (480) 888-9200

What to Consider Before Building Your Custom Pool

custom pools azHaving your own custom pool is great. Custom pools look great, add value to your home, and are perfect for hosting friends and family for summertime get togethers. But before you jump head first into designing and purchasing a pool, there are things about pool ownership you need to take into consideration.

Maintenance
Unless you hire a pool company to come and take care of your pool, there is a certain amount of maintenance that is required to keep you pool clean and running smoothly. Expect to check your chemicals often and replace them when necessary. Brushing and vacuuming are also duties that you can expect to perform on a fairly regular basis, especially during the windy, dusty monsoon seasons in Arizona. Filters will also need to be cleaned on occasion to keep them performing at their maximum efficiency.

Financing
Purchasing a custom pool is a serious financial commitment, especially if you want it done right. There are many options for financing but we highly recommend you explore those options before committing to building your custom pool. Make sure all costs are determined before building so there are no surprises down the road.

City Codes
Be search to look into any local building codes that may come into play in your neighborhood. Pools must be placed a certain distance from field lines and septic tanks so make sure you know exactly where you can dig before starting.

Space
Make sure to design a pool that does not take up too much space or areas that you may utilize for other activities. An in-ground pool will be a permanent structure so utilize your property space wisely.

Insurance
Many times adding a pool will require you to have additional insurance. Check with your insurance agent to see if a pool will increase your premiums.

Water Usage
Expect a higher water bill when you have a pool, especially during the summer months. You may want consider adding shade elements or using pool covers to help reduce evaporation from you pool. Shady vegetation around your pool can also help keep it cool when it’s hot.

Taxes
Check with local taxing authorities about possible property tax assessment increases.

It’s worth noting that Platinum Pools will help you every step of the way when it comes to building your custom pools. Our designers will work directly with you and can give guidance regarding guidelines, safety, and any local codes. Call us to get started building the pool of your dreams today!

Here Comes The Sun?

In the days of fun and sun, it only make sense that pool companies would try to develop products to harness solar-energy. However, it seems the pool industry has been somewhat slow embracing the use of solar power. Part of the hesitancy stems from the mid-90’s when there was a big push for solar products. And while the sales were good, it turns out most of the products just didn’t work very well.

Flash forward twenty years later, and the products have improved, especially in the case of photovoltaics, or solar-electric power. While solar power has long been used to heat pools with passive, low-tech solar heaters, photovotaics are creating ways to supply power for devices ranging from LED lighting and floating debris skimmers all the way up to wall-mounted chlorine generators and even pool pumps.

Take for instance a solar-powered pump that is being provided American West Windmill and Solar, the master distributor stateside for German-made Lorentz Solar Pumps. “The beautiful marriage between them is that when there’s a lot of sunlight, that’s when you really want to be moving water through the filtration system, and that’s when your pump is going to be running at its peak,” says Cody Locknane, American West’s national sales manager. “A lot of people package the systems, but that’s not a requirement.”

However, going green isn’t cheap. The cost for a solar-powered pump can range from $4000 to $5000 and many are hesitant to make that kind of investment. But manufacturers maintain that the cost can be offset by two factors: savings from lower energy bills and 30 percent federal tax credit, which is slated to remain in place through 2016. This is especially true in states with high energy costs like California and Hawaii.

In the meantime though, pool owners may be more inclined to take advantage of other solar-powered products such as LED lights, in-pool chlorinators, and pool skimmers. But expansion in the solar arena for pool products is slow at best, leaving many to wonder what the future holds for solar products.

John Stiglmeier, president of RecWaterTec, which offers a solar-powered mineral purifier had this to say, “I think the pool and spa trade has been slow to respond to innovation in general. It’s just not an industry that embraces change. But things are changing, and the people in the pool industry who get out ahead of it are going to be the ones who’ll have the best opportunity to be successful. Consumers will drive this change.”

California Sting Nabs Illegal Contractors

When you are shopping for pool repair or installation, beware!

Nearly 80 contractors, including pool contractors, were charged with operating without a license in a sting conducted in California recently. Undercover agents posed as homeowners needing repairs or installations for their homes. In addition to being charged with operating without a license, some of the contractors may be charged with illegal advertising, as well as fined for charging excessive up-front fees for the contracted work. Offenders could be facing up to six months in jail and $5000 fine.

When it comes to the pool construction industry, there are several types of certifications that pool contractors can obtain to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism.

Platinum Pools and Spas is proud to be a member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), which requires its members to maintain strict professional standards in terms of quality, service and craftsmanship. Membership in these organizations must be earned and shows Platinum Pools and Spas’ commitment to the highest levels of professionalism in the pool industry.

The APSP requires that the pool builder adhere to strict ethical standards and have a commitment to the highest standards of workmanship and construction, business stability, and superior customer relations. This designation is held by an elite group of pool and spa builders in the country who have met all of the program requirements.

If you need a reliable, legal, and professional contractor to work on your pool, call Platinum Pools today! (480) 888-9200 – East Valley and (623) 847-9200 – West Valley