Frequently asked pool supply questions   

by Pool Builders on 01-09-2012 in Articles

There are many aspects to pool maintenance, and even more to knowing which pool supplies are right for you. Check out these frequently asked questions for more information on pool and spa supplies.

What type of cover is right for my pool?

This depends on the time of year and what kind of pool you have. There are special winter covers for the cold season; these will help keep your pool clean until until you reopen again in the spring. The winter can bring harsh weather and with this thick, durable cover, you won't have to do major shocking and cleaning after every single storm. In addition to these covers, you can put a leaf net over a winter cover that is lighter and easier to remove along with the accumulated leaves and debris. Leaf nets can be used on their own during warmer weather, too. Mesh covers are lighter and allow water to seep it but keep debris out. Safety covers are designed to keep children, animals, and other unwanted visitors out of your pool.

Which pool supplies can help me save money on my energy bill?

There are a number of energy efficient appliances available. Choose appliances with low wattage or voltage but with enough power to get the job done. Look for pumps, filters, and other supplies that work efficiently so that less energy is used. One of the biggest energy-guzzlers is out of date appliances because they usually require more energy for the same amount of work.

What kinds of heating systems are available?

Speaking of energy efficient, there solar powered heating systems available for your pool. Standard pool heaters and pumps come in gas and electric models. There are also solar pool covers that can keep your pool around fifteen degrees warmer, and using in conjunction with a heater, pumps, or solar powered system, it can keep the energy bills low.

How often should I test my pool and what methods are available?

You should test your pool every day. This is because pH and alkalinity levels can effect the performance of your chlorine or whichever sanitation system you use. There are many kits available including photometers, which test water electronically.

What kind of pool cleaner is the easiest to deal with?

There are many user friendly pool cleaners available, but one of the most convenient types is the robotic automatic cleaner. Most of these cleaners don't have any hoses or connections to mess with or interrupt swimmers. Their onboard filtration system is easy to maintain and if they have a jet propulsion system, they can aid in water circulation.

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