You may not realize it, but the latest tech can give you a state-of-the-art backyard resort one that provides greater comfort, enhanced beauty, and boosted energy efficiency. With that in mind, here are three ways to maximize your pool’s performance and visual appeal.
Dazzling, Multicolor LED Lighting
Bring vibrant color to your pool, spa, water features, and landscaping with LED (light emitting diode) systems. With their superior brightness, energy efficiency, and operating lifespans, LEDS are becoming increasingly popular in U.S. homes.
Along with LED’s practical benefits, they bring a whole other dimension of style to swimming pools. LEDs deliver superb visual drama with multiple colors that can be set to rotate through a series of jewel-like choices.
Systems also provide flashing “light shows.” Preset programs with rapidly changing lights “dance” around the pool in color themes that relate to holidays—such as Mardi Gras or July Fourth—and to moods—such as romance or tranquility.
Words simply can’t do justice to describe these sensational displays. Watch LED pool lights here to see their amazing effects.
Virtually Chlorine-Free Purification
Imagine enjoying your pool without dry skin, stinging red eyes, bleach-like fumes, and other hazards from chemical-laden water.
This is possible with safe, powerful ozone, a special form of oxygen. Used in pools at top resorts, the Olympics, and in thousands of backyards across the U.S., ozone helps ensure fresh, swim-ready water without the typical loads of harsh chlorine.
Better yet, when paired with ultraviolet (UV) sanitizing light, ozone systems become more powerful—eliminating up to 99.9% of harmful microbes. According to industry experts, that’s because UV acts as a germicidal agent.
“UV kills cysts, algae, viruses, bacteria, and even chlorine-resistant pathogens like Crypto,” explains Jeff Jones, vice president of DEL Ozone, a manufacturer of both ozone and UV systems.
Jones adds that because UV uses a physical process—vs. a chemical one—it’s also friendly to people and the environment. “You won’t have to worry about UV leaving any toxic byproducts in your pool to harm pets, swimmers, or nature.”
Time- & Water-Saving Antimicrobial Filters
No one likes cleaning a pool filter—or wasting water. That’s why the smart money is on large cartridge pool filters with antimicrobial product protection.
Big, high-capacity filters can go much longer in between cleanings, explains Stephen Treese, president of Blue Haven Pools National Management. Fewer cleanings save time, hassles, and hundreds of gallons of pool water each year.
You also want a pool filter that resists the growth of slimy build-up, according to Treese. Toward this end, he suggests seeking a unit with antimicrobial capabilities, such as Microban®.
Used in several hundred consumer products — from baby toys to kitchen countertops— this technology prevents the growth of unwanted pathogens. When integrated into the filter material, Microban® battles growth of mold and mildew, so the cartridge will be easier to clean.
“We build and remodel thousands of pools around the country, and we won’t use any filter except over-size, antimicrobial ones,” says Treese.
Increase Ease, Performance, and Backyard Fun
A number of additional innovations are available for new and remodeled pools. Whether remote controls using a PC or smartphone or a smooth, long-lasting color quartz pool finish that resists chips and stains, you want the best technology has to offer in your private aquatic retreat.
Be sure to ask your pool builder what kind of state-of-the-art options it offers so you can have a high-tech backyard resort that delivers maximum value for your investment.