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Top 10 Tips for Cutting Pool Energy Consumption

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  1. Pick the right finish. Darker colored pool finishes absorb the sun’s rays, and that energy helps heat your pool. While not everyone wants a dark finish, if you’re on the fence and want to keep heating costs down, it’s the way to go.
  2. Create a natural windbreak. For many people, landscaping is often an afterthought. However, planting a hedge, building a berm, or creating some other form of windbreak can help lower heat loss, which in turn lowers energy costs. It also helps decrease the evaporation of water that you’ve already heated, here again providing savings.
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Why Add an In-Floor Cleaning System to your New Pool?

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Considering an In-Floor Cleaning System in your new swimming pool? Not only do In-Floor Cleaning Systems provide exceptional efficiency in obtaining your pool’s cleanliness, they also make your pool’s maintenance process virtually effortless. Needless to say, an In-Floor Cleaning System will ultimately save you money, time and effort down the road.

In-Floor Cleaning Systems provide the best possible performance by systematically moving debris toward your pool’s main drains, while suspending the light debris, which are removed by the standard filtration process. This complex process is guided by cleaning nozzles, or “pop-up” heads, which are installed in your pool’s floor. A water...

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SWIMMING POOLS: YOU REALLY DO GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

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There is an old saying that goes, “You get what you pay for” and this is especially true in the swimming pool industry. I've been in this business for almost 30 years now, and I have seen some pools that are 40+ years old and are still in great shape. On the other hand, I have seen pools less than 10 years old that need to be renovated. The #1 problem is cheap materials such as plastic coping or bead receiver & cheap walk-in stairs. When the plastic coping cracks (and it will in New England winters) the only way...

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Did your pool liner come out of the track?

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During the winter months, cold and ice can cause a section of liner to come out of the track. Here's how to get the liner back in the track and not have to pay for a service call.

If your Pool Liner comes out of the track you should:

Drop the pool water level to the bottom or just below the skimmer. This gives you more available liner to heat up. With a high water level in your swimming pool it may still work but your percentages for success may be reduced because you will have less liner to work...

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Opening Your Swimming Pool

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Opening your swimming pool signals the start of warm weather and relaxed attitudes. Whether you’re emerging from a long snowy winter or a quick brush with cooler temps, opening your pool can be a simple process.

  1. Remove leaves and debris from pool cover.
  2. Take off the cover, clean it, and store it.
  3. Hook up pool pumps and filters and reconnect all hoses and electrical connections.
  4. Remove leaves and debris from skimmers, filters, pumps and drains.
  5. Take out leaves and debris from the pool.
  6. Fill pool water up to proper level.
  7. Turn on the filter pump and make sure all...

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