Experience Total Control with Pool Automation

pool automation

How would you like to put your pool on cruise control? With an automated control system, you can automate maintenance functions like sanitization, heating and filtration, and control ambient features such as lighting and water features using only your smartphone or tablet. An automated control system can also save you money – often reducing energy costs by as much as 70 percent. *

Whether you include pool automation in the construction of a new pool or the remodel of your existing pool, you’ll make it easier than even before to spend more time with your friends and family, enjoying the many benefits of pool ownership. Pool owners considering pool automation have a number of different automated control systems available to them. Here are a few simple ways to get started with pool automation:

OnCommand®

OnCommand® is an affordable automated control system that can be installed on existing pools. It lets you control your pool’s pump, filter, heater, lighting and more, as well as set schedules for totally hands-off operation. OnCommand® can also be connected to an optional floating wireless remote for the ultimate in poolside convenience (sold separately).

Total Control with E-Command® 4

The technology and programming flexibility afforded by the E-Command® 4 ensures equipment runs at peak performance for minimum energy usage and cost. You can set schedules for your pool’s equipment or control them manually from a wireless remote (sold separately). With a built-in subpanel, this system is the easiest, most cost-effective way to incorporate time-saving automation when building a new pool.

Manage Your Pool and Spa’s Chemistry

Homeowners barely have to lift a finger to ensure a clean, chemically balanced pool ready for use at any time, with the Total Pool Chemistry® management system. With the ability to integrate Sense and Dispense, the Total Pool Chemistry® management system continuously monitors chlorine and pH levels, and automatically adjusts the water chemistry as needed. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that!

Add-Ons That Make Maintenance Effortless

System add-ons such as Hayward’s AquaConnect Interface give you the ultimate in streamlined control and monitoring. Compatible with Hayward’s line of automated control systems, this interface gives you the freedom to access, control and monitor your system from a smartphone, tablet or computer – anywhere and anytime. Just think how amazing it would be to have total control at your fingertips.

Are you ready to simplify your life with pool automation? Contact Platinum Pools & Spas today for more information on all of our available automated control systems and receive a FREE Hayward ColorLogic® LED Pool Light with any new or remodeled pool. *

*Free ColorLogic® LED Pool Light with the purchase of a new or remodeled pool project over $10,000 and if purchased by 10/31/16. Does not include homebuilder pool programs and/or previous discounts or offers.

A new year… time to remodel

Custom Pool RemodelIn Arizona, those of us without pool heaters have a few more months before we can start enjoying our pools again. But perhaps this is a good time to take a long look at your swimming pool and pool area. Is it the pool you always wanted or is it becoming a plaster cracked eyesore that becomes harder and harder to maintain? If the latter is true, then maybe it’s time to remodel.

There are many advantages to remodeling a pool. First of all, and this is especially true if you have an aging pool, there have been many advances in the past few years in pool equipment. New higher efficiency pool pumps and filters can help you save money on your electric bill AND make it easier to keep your pool it tip-top shape. New advances in pool finishes and LED lighting can also greatly enhance how your pool looks.

Converting your pool to a salt water system may be another option you want to consider. Salt water systems generate chlorine and can make your water feel fresher and cleaner. While there is some initial cost installing a salt water system, you save money by not having to buy chlorine all the time.

Just remodeling the pool is not your only option as Platinum Pools can help you create a whole new outdoor living environment. We also provide landscaping, patios and hardscapes, BBQs and outdoor kitchens, fire features, synthetic turf putting greens, and planters. Platinum Pools will work directly with you to customize and build the outdoor area you have always dreamed of.

So don’t wait for summer to arrive to reinvent your backyard environment. Get started today so that when the heat arrives, you have the backyard oasis to enjoy that the kids will love and the neighbors will envy!

Welcome to the Age of the Smart Spa

Balboa-Water-Group-smartphone-appHow many times have you decided to use your spa only to realize you forgot to turn the heater on and had to wait around for the spa to become warm enough to enter? Or on those particularly cold nights decided not to use the spa because you didn’t want to bundle up just to go outside and turn it on. Well Balboa Water Group has a solution for you.

With Balboa Water Groups new Hot Tub app, you can ensure that your hot tub will be ready whenever you want to take a dip. Instead of going outside and pressing buttons, this app lets you start the tub and change settings from your smartphone or tablet. The app provides full interface control so you can set the temperature, turn pumps on and off and set filtration cycles. “You can access your spa from the comfort of inside your house prior to going outside,” says Bob Spillar, vice president of marketing for Balboa. “You can set your own mood and personal comfort settings so and get your spa is ready to go how you like it.”

A new feature will soon allow spa owners to connect to their spa from anywhere in the world. People with vacation homes can get the spa started so it’s ready when they get there. And if you leave your vacation home without turning the spa off, don’t worry. Simply load up the app, and shut the tub off.

Geothermal Pool Heating

If you you decide to heat your pool in the winter you have a few options. Gas/propane pool heaters, air source heat pumps, solar heat pumps, or geothermal pool heat pumps. Today we are going to talk about the last option, geothermal heating.

How geothermal pool heat pumps work is by basically collecting heat from the ground. Temperatures above ground can vary wildly in the winter but underground it generally remains a constant 70° F. By collecting heat through a series of underground loops, geothermal heat pumps can utilize that warm temperature by concentrating that heat and applying it where necessary. This can be quite beneficial as the pumps are good for the environment, are extremely efficient, and are much less expensive to operate. This can save you money on your energy bill.

Geothermal heating is also less conspicuous than other heating options. Gas or propane heaters require the installation of a tank and solar panels are bulky and require a lot of space. With geothermal heating, most of the equipment is underground so you are provide more space around your property.

While the initial investment of geothermal heating is generally 30-40% more expensive than other heating options, that money will quickly be recouped in operating costs which is 70-85% lower than other pumps. Geothermal is also a long lasting system with most warranties averaging about 10 years.

If you have questions about heating options for your pool, please contact the professionals at Platinum Pools of Arizona
(480) 888-9200 – East Valley or (623) 847-9200 – West Valley.

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

Managing Pool Systems with the Web and Mobile Apps

While you may not think initially of using the web to manage your pool, technology marches onward. And these advancements are making it easier for Commercial Pool Managers. Hayward recently released new ways of managing water quality of multiple commercial pools and spas from a single remote location on any computer, Blackberry® or iPhone® or web-enabled mobile device. Poolcomm.com is a web interface that allows pool managers to monitor pH and ORP adjustment, compliance documentation and more via the internet.

Here’s a list of some of the features and benefits:

  • Direct control of systems from any web browser
  • Monitor and display multiple facilities simultaneously
  • Receive real-time detection of pH and ORP problems
  • Color-coded alarm display, with notification via email or text
  • Up to 25% savings in labor costs yearly
  • Identify detrimental patterns and issues
  • Make better use of maintenance personnel time
  • Logs read hourly and updated every 24 hours or upon request
  • Satisfies most local recording requirements
  • Generate electronic logs of physical tasks
  • Avoid downtime, health department closures, customer liability issues

Just another way the folks at Hayward are advancing the industry. If you have any questions regarding Hayward Pool Products or other questions about your pool, please contact Platinum Pools of Arizona.