Here Are 5 Of the Best Technologies for Your Pool to Help Save You Money!

Today, the technology used to manufacture fibreglass pools is so advanced that owning and looking after a swimming pool has never been so easy and affordable. While the technological features you can add to a pool are endless, we’ve put together a list of 5 that can save you money.

Variable speed pool pump

All swimming pools need a pump. It’s what circulates your pool water and chemicals and prevents it from turning green and becoming unsanitary. There are a few types to choose from including, a single speed pool pump which runs at a high speed continuously, this is the biggest energy consumer of all. Another is a dual-speed pump which allows you to choose from a low or high speed and while they can save you money, there is a better option, and that is a variable speed pool pump. This type of pump allows you to have full control over the speed, rather than just having low and high, you can adjust it to any speed you like. Many don’t realise that a pool pump doesn’t have to run at full speed all the time to clean the pool properly, and it’s not just the ability to control the speed that can save you money. The motor in a variable speed pump is different to the others as it’s a permanent magnet motor which is what’s used to power an electric car. As a variable speed pump uses so little energy, it can cut down on your pool pump running costs by nearly 90%. While they are more expensive than the other pumps to purchase, the long-term savings you will make are significant, making it a worthwhile purchase. Do you need to run your pump everyday?

Robotic cleaners

Automatic pool cleaners make life much easier, instead of having to dedicate time every day to manually clean the pool, an automatic cleaner does it for you. What could be better? A robotic cleaner! The advantages that a robotic cleaner can offer are simply unmatched by other automatic cleaners. They are priced at the higher end, but the cost-saving benefits will quickly see you recoup your investment. Unlike like their cleaning counterparts, robotic cleaners use electricity to function rather than running off the pump. This not only prevents premature wear on your pool equipment but can reduce your running costs drastically. The smallest amount of energy is needed to run a robotic cleaner, in fact, it consumes around the same as a standard household light globe. Another way they can save you money is through their superior cleaning capabilities. Integrated into the system is several sensors including navigation. This allows the cleaner to cover every inch of the pool without leaving any areas behind. As a result, you’ll have a far cleaner pool every time, and the need for high doses of chemicals to sanitise the pool isn’t needed.

Smart technology

For most of us, smart technology is a part of our everyday lives in one way or another, and it provides the ultimate convenience by allowing users to control compatible features from a smart device such as our mobile phones. Nowadays, smart technology can be paired with virtually all aspects of a swimming pool, and it can save you a considerable amount of money. You can control your pool lighting, heating, automatic cover, pump, chlorinator, and cleaner, all with a touch of a button. The best part is you can even do it when you’re not home, which comes in handy if you have left for the day and forgot to turn your lights off or you need to turn the pump on for the day. The apps that are used to control your pool equipment are user friendly and simple to set up. If converting your entire pool to smart technology is out of the budget, you can do one component at a time. The most important one when it comes to saving money is your pool pump as it’s the biggest energy consumer of all, so if you can only afford one, we recommend starting with the pump first. Smart technology is the way of the future for swimming pools and is as hands-free as it gets when it comes to pool ownership.

Automatic pool cover

Pool covers have been around since forever however, they have come a long way from the clunky eyesore they once were. Automatic pool covers while expensive, are built into the side of your swimming pool and are barely detectable when they are not in use, so they will not detract from the appeal of your swimming pool whatsoever. Automatic covers roll out by simply pressing a button, gone are the days where you have to drag it across the pool, the cover rolls out seamlessly without going askew. People with automatic covers use them a lot more than those with floating manual covers due to how easy they are to operate, and they are likely to reap the biggest benefits from using a cover. Pool covers offer numerous benefits such as:

  1. Preventing rain from getting into the water, which can disrupt your pools delicate chemistry balance.

  2. They can reduce the number of leaves and other organic matter from falling into your pool, this means less cleaning is needed.

  3. Pool covers can decrease evaporation by acting as a barrier between the sun and wind, which can decrease the rate your pool water evaporates.

  4. Minimise heat loss by capturing heat in the water and prevent it from escaping. They can help to keep your pool warmer for longer.

  5. Prevent chemical loss by 70%, the sun’s UV rays can inhibit the chlorines ability to work, covering it up stops this from happening.

  6. While children should never be left unsupervised in the pool area, having a cover on your pool allows you to act quickly and adds an extra element of safety.

When you think of these savings over the lifetime of your pool, it adds up!

Solar pool heater

Heating for your pool is a great way to stretch out your swimming season, and by using solar heating, you can warm up your pool whenever you like for minimal cost. Other heating systems such as gas and electric can be expensive to run, and some won’t use them often just to keep costs down. With solar, you don’t have to worry about this as most of the energy used to run it is harnessed from the sun. To give you an idea, solar heating costs around $250 a year to run, whereas electric is approximately $700 and gas a whopping $1,500. There are a couple of different ways you can use solar to heat your pool, and if it is something you’d like, it is best to speak to a professional to discuss your options.

We hope this post has given you an idea of some features you can add to your pool to help you save money.

Here at Factory Pools Perth, our fibreglass swimming pools and spas are technologically advanced in every way and can save you money on chemicals, heating and electricity. If you would like more information, contact our friendly team today.