Pool Automation Gives You Total Control - How would you like to sit back, relax and put your pool on cruise control? With an automated control system, scheduling and operating your filtration cycles, heating, pool and landscape lighting, sanitization, water features and more become blissfully automatic.
Automated control systems have seen rapid growth in recent years, both in technology and use. The technology and programming flexibility ensure equipment runs at peak efficiency for minimum energy usage and cost. Their versatile programming also allows users to run equipment during off-peak times and schedule multiple shorter cycles rather than one long cycle for further savings. System add-ons like the ScreenLogic2® Interface for the IntelliTouch® or EasyTouch® Automation Systems give you the ultimate in streamlined control and monitoring. You're able to access and control your system from a smartphone, tablet or computer… anywhere and anytime..
Why lighting products and systems from Pentair? Because it’s the brand of choice for the vast majority of pool professionals and pool owners worldwide for more than 40 years. In fact, a recent survey of more than 400 pool builders, retailers and service companies, found 72% recommend Pentair lighting products most often. And that’s because they’ve found the innovations, quality, reliability, energy efficiency and value they demand is delivered by these standards in the industry.
IntelliBrite®* automated color-changing pool and spa lights feature LED technology – the wave of the future in energy-efficiency, lifetime value, quality of light, and the ability to control it.
Put a virtually endless range of dramatic underwater lighting effects at your command. Choose from one of five predetermined fixed colors, or seven pre-programmed “color shows” to build energy and excitement into your evening.
A necessary counterpart to your in-ground pool's filtration system is a quality pool vacuum cleaner. Much like your indoor vacuum, an in-ground pool vacuum gives greater attention to surface areas and provides a deeper, more complete cleanse. Insects, twigs, leaves, you name it - any pool debris that doesn't quite make it to the filter will be picked up by the pool vacuum, which leaves nothing but a polished and tidy pool surface behind.
Suction Cleaners - Connected to the skimmer or dedicated vacuum line, they are powered by suction from your filter pump, and vacuum debris into the pump basket. Most suction cleaners require at least a ¾ hp pump, and work best with a 1 or 1.5hp pump.
PROS: Cheap to buy, easy to install, inexpensive to repair.
CONS: Brings debris/dirt into the pump/filter, may clog easily, no skimming while cleaning.
Pressure Cleaners: Low-flow pressure cleaners connect to a wall return fitting and operate by pressure from your filter pump. Hi-Flo pressure cleaners use a booster pump on a timeclock, and a dedicated cleaner line, for a truly automatic and independent system that captures debris in its own bag.
PROS: Independent of the filter system, turns itself on/off daily, most effective cleaning.
CONS: Expensive to buy, complicated to install, energy costs to operate booster pump.
Robotic Cleaners: Operate by low voltage power from a pool-side power box, plugged into a GFCI outlet near the pool. A floating cord powers a drive motor and vacuum motor, to move around the pool and vacuum debris into an onboard filter bag or cartridge. Completely independent from the filter system, robot cleaners have fast and complete coverage and programmable cleaning cycles.
PROS: Independent of the filter system, filters water as it cleans, plug and play installation.
CONS: Some models can be expensive to buy, and costly and complicated to repair.
Pool filters are a crucial part of the maintenance system for swimming pools. In order to keep the water clean and sanitized for swimmers, a pool owner must make sure that the filter system is working properly and take care to maintain it.
Pros: no backwashing, filters good at lower speeds for energy efficiency, greater surface area, traps particles as small as 5-10 microns, saves water, most economical, cartridges are readily available and affordable
Cons: more maintenance than sand filters, cartridges need to be replaced more often, have to clean the filter cartridges once or twice a season.
Pros: filters particles as small as 5-10 microns, D.E. can be added through your skimmer
Cons: higher maintenance costs, costly, D.E. powder is carcinogenic in powder form, filter Grids need to be cleaned once a year, higher resistance than cartridge filters, some local codes can restrict backwashing.
Pros: easy maintenance, cheap to replace, sand lasts 7 years
Cons: requires backwashing (almost weekly), wastes water through backwashing, filters down to 20-25 microns, creates the most pressure, making it less energy efficient, some local codes can restrict backwashing
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