Published on May 14th, 2020 | by Sunit Nandi0
Components of a Smart Swimming Pool
You’ve probably heard of smart phones and smart TV’s, but did you know you can have a smart pool too? For most of us, smart technology plays an integral role in our everyday lives. It allows people from across the globe to save time by automating monotonous tasks. Pool builders have recognized the need of smart technology in pools and automated pools are now the way of the future, for example, an automatic swimming pool cover is an easy and reliable way to keep your family safe and preserve the water’s chemistry and heat. A retractable pool cover can also be used as a safety barrier to protect your children and prevent any debris from falling into the pool. Your pool is ready for fun with a touch of a button or key.
With that being said, here’s what you need to know about smart pools and the features you should look for in a smart pool system.
What is a smart pool?
A smart pool is the same as a traditional pool, however, it has the added benefits of an automation system. So, what does that mean exactly? Put simply, it allows you to control every aspect of your pool, such as automatic cleaning, lighting and heating with one touch of a button from your smart device. This means the time you spend maintaining your pool is reduced drastically, providing you with more free time to do the things that you enjoy most. If you already have a traditional pool, you can understand how much of a time saver a smart system would be. When it comes to maintaining your pool, it is the most advanced and most convenient solution on the market today.
What are the benefits of a smart pool?
Smart pools have many significant advantages compared to conventional pools
They save you time
For many people, cleaning and maintaining a pool can be a tedious and time-consuming task. Let’s face it, we’d rather spend our free time doing things we enjoy and if pool maintenance isn’t for you, a smart pool is the perfect solution, it takes care of most of your pool maintenance saving you the hassle of doing it yourself. A smart pool allows you to have much more free time to swim in your pool, rather than cleaning it.
They save you money
Many people have the misconception that upgrading your pool with a smart system is going to be highly expensive. As we know, technology is constantly evolving, and newer, better systems are always been created. Smart pool systems are becoming more popular amongst pool owners, making them more affordable and easier for you as the consumer to be able to have the latest technology for your pool.
All pools require power to run, some a lot more than others, the great thing about a smart pool system is they save you money on energy. The latest technology in smart pool systems are designed to be more energy efficient than their traditional counterparts. As the smart system is controlled by you from your smart device, it allows you turn off the heating or lights if you are away from home and have forgotten. They are better for the environment and for your back pocket.
They are user friendly
With so many steps and processes involved in keeping your pool clean and healthy, it is easy to get a little overwhelmed with everything that is involved to maintain your pool correctly. Your smart pool technology can be controlled from the app on your smart phone or device and eliminates the stress of taking care of your pool manually. Even better, the app can be used by you anywhere, you don’t even have to be home to clean your pool, doesn’t get much better than that!
A swimming pool is an asset to any home and having a smart pool is an attractive feature to prospective buyers if you decide to sell. Most of us are busy, so when we do have free time, we want to spend it wisely. An old pool that requires a lot of upkeep and is costly to maintain can be very unappealing. We all rely on technology in our everyday lives and with smart technology solutions being the way of the future, they are highly sought after by buyers. A smart pool makes maintaining a pool easier, quicker, more cost effective and the best way to add valuable dollars to the price of your home.
What parts of my pool can I automate?
You can automate most components of your swimming pool with smart technology. Not only can you automate pre-programmed systems but manual tasks also.
Here are the main areas you can use smart technology for in your pool:
Smart salt chlorinator
One of the main ways you keep your pool healthy and clean to swim in, is by maintaining the correct chlorine and chemical levels. This can be a time-consuming job as it requires you to test the water to ensure all of the chemical levels are balanced.
Advances in smart technology removes the need to manually test the water, by doing it for you. A smart salt chlorinator takes the guesswork out of it, by testing the pH levels in your pool, it will then dispense the correct dose of chlorine in your water. This maintains a consistent and safe level. It not only saves you time, but you can have peace of mind knowing your pool chemical levels are maintained correctly and your pool is safe to swim in.
You can run your smart saltwater chlorinator from the convenience of your phone and customise it to suit your specific pool requirements.
Automatic Pool Covers
An automatic swimming pool cover offers five key benefits: safety, convenience, and pool cleanliness. These benefits, taken together, can increase the life expectancy and value of your backyard oasis while also saving you money on pool ownership. The pool cover is typically made of vinyl and is motor-driven. It works by a simple pulley principle. This allows for easy opening and closing with no manual labor. An installation includes a large reel located at one end. The mechanism’s ropes and pulleys are housed on two straight tracks running along the long sides of the pool. When the rope is winding up, the cover opens and closes when the rope unwinds.
Automated pool pump
It is essential that the water in your pool circulates properly to ensure it functions to its full potential. Circulating the water maintains a consistent temperature in your pool and reduces the likelihood of bacteria and algae by keeping your water clean and healthy.
Traditional pool pumps can use a lot of power and are generally not very energy efficient. This is one of the substantial benefits that a smart pool system can provide. They are far more cost effective to run, in fact, they consume 85 percent less energy. A high-quality smart pool pump can run 24 hours a day at a relatively low expensive and if for any reason you want to turn it off, you can do so from your smart phone either at home or whilst you are out and about.
Pool management system
You can control all aspects of your smart pool with a remote pool management system, this can all be done via the app on your smart device or as a downloadable software solution for your PC, this enables you to change the settings of your pool with the touch of a button.
You can sync your smart pool system to other smart home technology devices you may have, such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. This allows you to operate all your home and pool smart systems from the one place.
Remote pool management systems are created to make maintaining your pool easier by reducing the amount of time and effort you put in to looking after your pool.
Pool self-cleaning system
Some pool owners couldn’t think of anything worse than setting aside time each week to clean their pools, understandably, it can be a lengthy process and you do have to handle large amounts of chemicals. Luckily, you do have other options, you can hire a professional to take of it for you or you can install a smart pool cleaning system. It is an automatic cleaning system that is constructed into the floor of your swimming pool. The system uses nozzles which are strategically placed so they can’t be seen when they are not working!
The self-cleaning system works its magic by propelling water from the floor of the pool, which pushes dirt and debris up towards the pool drain. When the pool is cleaned from the bottom upwards, it eliminates ‘dead spots’ and allows every area of the pool to be cleaned. Conventional pool cleaning systems only circulate water on the top third of the pool, leaving the bottom area more susceptible to algae and bacteria.
Another advantage of having a smart in floor self-cleaning pool system is, it costs far less to run and drastically reduces the amount of chemicals required for cleaning your pool as it circulates the pool water far more sufficiently. It makes your pool healthier to swim in and much more environmentally friendly too.
Furthermore, you will not need to clean your pool manually which frees up more time to swim in your pool with family and friends!
What should I look for in a smart pool system?
If you want the best value for money, its smart to invest in a high-quality system. The system you choose should be suitable for use on both Android and iOS devices. You want to be sure you can still use your smart system if you decide to get a new phone and you want it to be universal for potential buyers if you decide to sell. The software should be high tech yet user friendly. You want others who are not big technology fans to still be able to use it if need be.
Another thing to look out for is if the software offers free and regular updates to keep your pool functioning properly and to ensure it will still work in the years to come.
Can my traditional pool be turned into a smart pool?
The good news is, you don’t need to buy a new pool if you already have one and want to update it with smart technology. There are many smart solutions that can be added to an existing pool.
If you have any questions regarding smart technology for your pool, our skilled team are happy to help. Give us a call today.
Here at Barrier Reef Pools, all our pools are made in a state-of-the art facility. We’re the only fibreglass manufacturers nationally to achieve the prestigious Australian Standards 5 tick logo and certified product certification, which means you can be reassured you’re buying the best. Why not visit one of our display centres to find out more?