Pool Chlorine: Why and How It Harms Skin—and What You Can Do About It

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Sep 6, 2016 9:49:39 AM

Ways to minimize chlorine’s impact on your body and other smart solutions

Although chlorine is highly effective for disinfecting swimming pool water, it comes with a price: This chemical can be harsh on your eyes, hair, skin, nails, and even your lungs.

Depending on your age, certain skin conditions, the amount of time you spend in the water, and how well the pool chemicals are balanced, chlorine’s effects can be particularly irritating or downright harmful to your skin.

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

Swimming Pool Pumps: Ditching Single-Speed Models for Variable-Speed Ones

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Aug 22, 2016 11:24:14 AM

Understanding the benefits of two-speed and variable-speed models

If the pump on your swimming pool is due for a replacement, making the move to a two-speed or variable-speed model will cut energy costs and may provide other benefits as well.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Maintenance

Pool Water Testing: Why it’s Vital to Check These Four Chemical Levels

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jul 19, 2016 11:12:39 AM

Tracking and balancing your pool water—and what could happen if you don’t!

Regular pool water testing and maintenance of the chemicals are essential for ensuring a safe, comfortable swimming environment and preserving the longevity of pool finishes and equipment. 

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Purification, Health & Safety, Maintenance, Heating, Filtration

How to Decorate Your Pool & Patio for a July Fourth Party

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 20, 2016 3:46:28 PM

Fun ways to make your backyard festive and patriotic

The summer’s biggest holiday celebration is just around the corner, and if you’re throwing a backyard pool party to celebrate America, you’re going to need decorations that show off your USA spirit! 

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Games & Activities, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Safety

Pool Heaters: Why Converting to Solar May be Worth the Investment

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Jun 6, 2016 3:34:37 PM

Understanding solar power and why it’s particularly smart for some pool owners to adopt the technology

Pool solar systems use collectors that absorb the sun’s heat, and then boost pool temperature by circulating water through the collectors where it gets warm. The heated water then routes back into your pool.

Would you like to reduce monthly utility bills for heating your swimming pool? Particularly if you have an older installation with a less-efficient heater and/or if you face other specific factors—described below—that boost pool heating needs, an energy-wise solar system may be the perfect solution for you.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Maintenance

10 Ways to Protect Your Pool & Backyard from Mosquitoes

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 9, 2016 5:19:58 PM

Keep biting insects out of your outdoor living space

Mosquitoes are a nuisance that make you itch just thinking about them! Once they invade your pool and patio area, they can make a good time in your backyard less comfortable for you, family, and guests.

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Topics: Equipment/Technology, Purification, Backyard Entertaining, Health & Safety, Maintenance, Pet Health & Safety, Health & Lifestyle

Island Barbecue Grills: 5 Reasons to Install One at the SAME Time You Build a Pool

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on Apr 18, 2016 4:06:19 PM

Why it’s a mistake to wait until after your pool is complete

Don’t delay that island barbecue! Once construction of a pool and deck is complete, it can be more difficult, stressful, and costly to add features like a built-in grill and to attain your ideal backyard style and function.

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Topics: Backyard Additions, Design / Features, Equipment/Technology, Construction, Buyer Tips, Financing