Swimming Pool Heaters: How to Pick a Replacement Unit

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 5, 2016 12:54:02 PM

What to look for when it’s time to buy a new gas heater for your aquatic retreat

A quality swimming pool heater can extend your family’s swimming season by several months, allowing you to enjoy the water into autumn in many parts of the country—even into winter in some warmer regions.

Controlling the water temperature means you never have to dive into an icy cold pool. If you have an inground spa with your pool, it means being able to quickly fire it up for hot, relaxing hydrotherapy after a long hard day.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Buyer Tips, Maintenance, Heating

Hot Tubs vs. In-Ground Spas: What’s the Difference? Part 2 of 2

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 29, 2016 12:03:53 PM

—Learn the benefits of portable spa models compared with custom concrete spas

Part 2: Inground spas

A portable hot tub or an inground concrete spa—which one is right for you?

As discussed in part 1 of this article, both prefabricated hot tubs and their custom-built counterparts offer terrific benefits for your home and lifestyle.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Equipment/Technology, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips, Maintenance

Hot Tubs vs. In-Ground Spas: What’s the Difference? Part 1 of 2

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 21, 2016 10:18:14 AM

—Learn the benefits of portable manufactured models compared with custom concrete spas

Part 1: Portable Hot Tubs

Few activities are more relaxing than settling into a warm, bubbly spa at the end of a hard day. Along with the health benefits of unwinding mind and body in heated, swirling water, a spa can make an excellent spot for entertaining friends and family. Depending on the type you choose, a spa can boost the visual appeal of your backyard as well.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Health/Lifestyle Benefits, Equipment/Technology, Spas, Construction, Buyer Tips, Maintenance

Outdoor Space Heaters to Warm Your Patio: Key Types & Features

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 14, 2016 10:26:35 AM

Buying tips for choosing the best unit for your backyard

Once found only in restaurants to make outdoor dining more pleasant for their patrons, patio space heaters have expanded to private backyards, helping warm homeowners across the country.

This trend has come about for a good reason: By extending the months possible to enjoy a pool and patio area, outdoor heaters maximize opportunities to take advantage of exterior living spaces.

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Topics: Backyard Entertaining, Health & Lifestyle, Heating

Buying a Home Without a Swimming Pool: Will One Fit?

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Nov 7, 2016 10:14:49 AM

—5 key backyard factors to consider for future pool construction

Buying a home with an existing swimming pool may be just the type of real estate purchase you want for your lifestyle.

But here’s what sometimes happens in this kind of scenario: You and your family have your hearts set on a private aquatic retreat; you find the perfect house—the one with the big kitchen you want, a spot for your fantasy man cave, and the top-notch school district for your kids.

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

How to Clean Swimming Pool Cartridge Filters in Easy Steps

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 31, 2016 11:00:27 AM

—Tips and guidelines for smart filter “housekeeping” to help ensure efficient filtration

Keeping your swimming pool water looking and feeling good requires regular cleaning of your pool filter. Fortunately, for those with a cartridge-type filter system, maintaining the elements—the tubes of folded, accordion-like material that goes inside the filter tank—is easy to do.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Maintenance, Filtration

Concrete Pools Ensure Best Versatility for Size, Shape & Configuration

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 24, 2016 12:18:47 PM

—Get any design for any yard and style preference with a gunite/shotcrete pool

Choices, choices, choices! With concrete pools built using gunite or shotcrete material, options for your new pool’s design and overall configuration cross the full spectrum.

While you have two other options for a residential inground pool—fiberglass or vinyl liner—the concrete one rises above the pack. Whether composing a pool in a classic rectangle or Roman, an organic form with soft curves, or a modern silhouette with sharp angles—concrete delivers on all fronts.

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