Energy-Efficient Swimming Pool Equipment: 3 Power-Saving Picks

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Mar 20, 2017 10:06:54 AM

—A must-have list for an environmentally friendly pool with lower power consumption

Note: Earth Day 2017 will be April 22.

Would you like to enjoy the splash-tastic benefits of a backyard swimming pool that operates with superior energy efficiency?

You can have outdoor fun while championing smart energy use. Whether you already own a backyard retreat or plan to build one, the right line-up of energy-efficient pool equipment provides a double dip of benefits: It’s healthier for the environment and better for cutting your routine ownership costs.

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

Pool Chlorine Alternatives: How Ozone Delivers Healthier Water

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Dec 13, 2016 7:39:17 AM

—What ozonation is and five reasons it makes swimming safer and more comfortable

When it comes to your swimming pool, the ideal scenario is to enjoy a refreshing dip—without worrying about the havoc that chlorine might inflict on your skin, hair, lungs, and eyes.

Your swimming environment shouldn’t be an anchor around your neck. To ensure smooth sailing, all it takes is having the right technology on your backyard resort.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Buyer Tips, Purification, Health & Safety, Maintenance, Pet Health & Safety

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

Click here for part 1 of 2: Portable Hot Tubs

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

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

Backyard Drainage and its Impact on Your Swimming Pool and Deck

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Oct 17, 2016 12:55:47 PM
—The overlooked role that your roof and rain gutters play in maintaining your backyard

Fall and winter weather bring increased rainfall, and if that water collects and concentrates in your backyard, it can wreak havoc on your swimming pool and surrounding deck and patio. Avoid a backyard mess by having proper drainage strategies in place.

Toward this goal, one key tactic is a roof with functioning rain gutters that funnel run-off rainwater away from your pool, deck, and other vulnerable spots in your backyard.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Equipment/Technology, Maintenance