5 Simple Ways to Save Money this Valentine’s Day

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Feb 1, 2016 2:00:59 PM

How to bring the romance to your backyard and swimming pool (in photos)

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and romance is in the air. But can getting cozy be costly? According to a match.com survey, it costs roughly $738.36 a year, just to date, and this number doesn’t take into account the florists, restaurants, and retailers that capitalize on your need to level up your romance game every Valentine’s Day.

A study by U.S. News last year found that an average of $18.9 billion was spent on Valentine’s Day, with guys shelling out over $200, and ladies around $100. In an economy where Americans spend only about $100 - 150 a week on food, those are some high numbers! 

Looking to turn up the passion without breaking the bank on February 14th? Here are 5 Simple Ways to Save Money this Valentine’s Day: How to bring the romance to your backyard and swimming pool.  

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Topics: Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle

3 Reasons Swimming Pool Builders Should Never Cut Corners

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 25, 2016 5:30:00 PM

The vital importance of quality steel, concrete, and plumbing

There are many options to consider when buying a concrete swimming pool. Do you want free form or geometric shape? Concrete deck or natural stone? A spa or a tanning ledge? These are only a few of the many considerations you’ll make when planning your pool. But before any of these more engaging design elements come into play, your swimming pool builder has to lay a stable foundation.

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Topics: Construction, Buyer Tips

3 Ways to Sanitize Your Pool without the Typical Chlorine Risks

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 18, 2016 5:38:00 PM

A review of saltwater pools, ozonation, and UV light

In a recent blog, “5 Reasons to Convert your Chlorine Pool to a Healthier Alternative,” we recapped various research studies that point to dangerous side effects from chlorinated swimming pools.

So what’s the good news? Research and innovation offer clear alternatives to red, burning eyes and dry, itchy skin. You can maintain your backyard resort without harsh chemicals by choosing from these 3 Ways to Sanitize Your Pool—Without the Typical Chlorine Risks.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Purification, Maintenance, Health & Lifestyle

5 Reasons to Convert your Chlorine Pool to a Healthier Alternative

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 11, 2016 3:16:21 PM

The good, the bad, and the toxic scoop on pool chemicals

Research is contributing to an increasingly long, dirty laundry list of chlorine’s harsh side effects. Could leisurely dips in your swimming pool be harmful, or even toxic?

In a classic case of “what you don’t know might actually hurt you,” we break down the following 5 Reasons to Convert your Chlorine Pool to a Healthier Alternative.

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Topics: Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Purification, Fitness/Exercises

5 Swimming Pool Design Trends for 2016—in photos

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jan 4, 2016 5:46:09 PM

Stylish, functional features for your pool & backyard

Swimming pool design trends are constantly evolving. As new materials and technology come on the market and as pool builders take creativity to new levels, you have more choices than ever for options to add interest and character to your pool & spa in fresh, exciting ways.

Looking to up your style game for your backyard resort? Stay ahead of the Joneses by getting up to speed on these five swimming pool design trends for 2016.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips, Backyard Entertaining

10 Easy Spa & Hot Tub Exercises

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 28, 2015 4:54:54 PM

Simple effective moves that anyone can do

by Jennifer Pierce, Certified Personal Trainer; NASM, NCCPT

People often associate swimming pools with exercise,while thinking of spas and hot tubs as places for relaxation. However, the warm, bubbling environment of a whirlpool offers unique advantages to enhance your health and fitness.

Here’s why: Unlike a swimming pool, the heated water in a spa or hot tub automatically increases blood flow and helps release toxins in your body. This creates a healthy foundation for simple movements that can make a big difference in your fitness routine.

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Topics: Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Fitness/Exercises

Private Indoor Swimming Pools

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 21, 2015 4:09:00 PM

Benefits—and Factors Boosting Construction Costs

Imagine being able to use your home’s swimming pool year round—regardless of the weather outside. Particularly in areas of the country with short swim seasons, a concrete (gunite/shotcrete) pool that’s built inside—as part of a new or existing home—can be the answer.

However, this solution comes with a price. For the privilege of maximum privacy, convenience, and availability, building an indoor swimming pool can easily cost double or triple that of a regular backyard pool.

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Topics: Design / Features, Construction, Buyer Tips