Today’s High-Tech Controls Now Go Beyond the Pool

Pool automation systems have evolved in the past three years to go beyond the pool, giving homeowner’s the power to orchestrate their entire backyard.

The pool industry is entering an era of unprecedented innovation and evolution. With the advancement in microprocessors, data memory, touch screens, and other electronic components, automation is not only becoming more mainstream and more affordable, but equipment manufacturers are also starting to keep up with the innovation curve. That said, pool automation systems have evolved in the past three years … Read More

How to Improve Energy Efficiency in a Pool System

Properly sized plumbing and equipment will go a long way in keeping pool water clean and clear, as well as ensuring the system runs efficiently.

The ability to achieve proper water quality in a pool is a function of correct water chemistry values combined with an appropriately sized filtration system. If either one of these variables are lacking, the end result will be an increased difficulty in maintaining water clarity. Water chemistry, being a more interactive subject matter, is the first factor to look at … Read More

The Intricacies of Automated Chemical Controllers

Advances in chemical automation, disinfection methods, and better education have made the aquatic facility operator’s job easier when ensuring pool water is safe for bathers.

Proper water balance in commercial pools and spas can be the difference between a safe, attractive facility and a disastrous one. Advances in chemical automation, disinfection methods, and better education on the problems associated with water chemistry have made the aquatic facility operator’s job easier when ensuring pool and spa water is safe for bathers. Oxidation reduction potential (ORP)/pH controllers … Read More

Working with Inaccessible Indoor Pool Mechanical Rooms

Many indoor pool managers will inevitably face the challenge of replacing the dehumidification system at their facility. There are hundreds if not thousands of commercial aquatic facilities in North America. The majority of these indoor pools either surpass 10 years of age or use refrigerants that are being phased out or are banned, which accelerates their obsolescence. Upgrading these facilities … Read More

How to Create a Seamless Sales Experience with Omnichannel Marketing

Today’s consumer is changing at a rapid pace. The majority of the population now carries smartphones—some having more processing power than a desktop computer.

Roughly 25 years ago, sales “funnels” were all the rage in the specialty pool and spa/hot tub industry. There were sales funnels about the path to purchase that spoke about different customer touchpoints, and there were marketing funnels that showed the more money that was poured into the top of the funnel, more sales would pour out the bottom. Today, … Read More

Best Practices for Determining Pool Plumbing Schematics

Proper pump selection and optimal flow rates are extremely important to ensure proper hydraulics and to get the most efficiency throughout the entire pool or spa. It is also important to avoid ‘dead spots,’ especially in today’s pool designs which often have multiple curves, lazy rivers, inlets, grottos, and vanishing edges. Service professionals can also increase the energy savings for … Read More

Using Outside Air to Reduce Natatorium Operating Costs

Aquatic facilities equipped with dehumidifiers using economizer strategies will see improved indoor air quality as well as lower operating costs.

An indoor pool environment has greater requirements than a commercial building because of the higher humidity. If not controlled, the corrosive condensate that forms will destroy structural components, sometimes with disastrous effects. Further, the high humidity is uncomfortable for occupants and can cause chronic respiratory condition (i.e. lifeguard lung). To manage humidity, dehumidifiers specifically designed for the pool environment are used … Read More

Best Practices for Using Robotic Pool Cleaners in Commercial Pools

Robotic pool cleaners can be easily incorporated into the maintenance protocol of any medium-to-large aquatic facility.

Pool cleaning, namely brushing and vacuuming, is a science not an art. A pool (i.e. the water) is a living thing as it constantly changes. Beyond the water and the supporting structure, every pool is composed of millions of living and non-living organisms. Some are innocuous, while others are deadly. Pool water is exposed to every change in the surrounding environment—from … Read More

Education and Training Is Critical to Achieving Goals

Online education allows people to learn from anywhere, at any time, and in the convenience of their office, home, or even while traveling.

The key to assuring a safe and enjoyable swimming experience is directly connected to the higher education of the professionals that maintain pools and spas. It is critical now more than ever. The pool and spa industry is at a crossroads, where the path leading to success depends on continuing education. Whether industry members want to improve their economic situation … Read More

Top Digital Marketing Strategies for the Small Business

Top Digital Marketing Strategies for the Small Business

A digital marketing strategy is an important part of the overall marketing strategy of a business. This is true whether or not a company is doing business online. It is also true for a small, medium or large size company but especially true for a small company. Small business marketing for a local company can include many offline local advertising methods … Read More