The summer swimming season is here and with it comes the added work of properly caring for your pool and your pool water. That means countless water tests must be performed, chemicals must be added, and the water and filter must be cleaned. Sometimes it may seem like you spend more time taking care of your pool than you do enjoying it. But what if you could automate that process?
In today’s modern pool world taking care of your pool has never been easier. With the right equipment and a little know how you can automate swimming pool care like you never have before. That means more time spent enjoying the water than taking care of it. So how do you do automate swimming pool care? Let’s take a closer look at pool automation and what you need to do to automate the care of your pool and its water.
What Is Pool Care Automation?
Before I tell you how to do it, I think it is important that you understand exactly what pool care automation is and what it will do for you. Essentially, pool care automation is the process of using modern technology to take care of your pool for you.
By automating your swimming pool care, you take much of the work load off of yourself. These systems will easily allow you to not only monitor your pool from anywhere, but hey will also do the heavy lifting for you. These systems will test the water and add the proper chemicals for you without you having to do anything and some systems will even clean your pool as well.
It is important to note that you can’t ever fully automate your system, as you will have to add chemicals to the systems in order for them to work and you will have to clean your pool and filters yourself from time to time, but they do make swimming pool care much easier.
Are There Added Costs to Pool Automation?
In order to automate your pool care, you will need a system installed in your pool to do the work for you. This will mean an added cost when you first install your pool or an extra cost at the time of installation in your existing pool. However, in the long run it will help you save money. That means that while you may have to shell out a little extra on the front end, in the long run your pool costs should go down.
So Is It Worth It?
This is a tough question mainly because it really boils down to you and what you are hoping to get out of your pool owning experience. For example, if you love to be very hands on with your pool and the process of water testing and adding the chemicals yourself is enjoyable to you, then pool care automation may not be right for you.
On the other hand, if you prefer to spend your time swimming in your pool instead of caring for it or you just want to make the sometimes complicated process of water care a little bit easier on yourself, then pool care automation makes a lot of sense.
How To Automate Pool Care
Now to the part you have been waiting for. Automating your pool care may sound like a monumental task, but it is actually quite easy to do.
Step 1: Check Your Internet
Before you invest in any new system, make sure you have the connectivity you will need to monitor it properly. While this isn’t always necessary depending on the system, if you want to be able to monitor it from anywhere chances are you will need to make sure your Wi-Fi signal reaches to your pool’s area. This may mean investing in an extender or moving your router so your signal reaches the pool where the equipment will be spending its days.
Step 2: Invest in the Right Tools
The goal of this process is to make caring for your pool as easy as possible. So, you are going to need to invest in the right tools for the job. I would recommend the following:
- Pool Monitoring System
- Automatic Cleaning System
When it comes to monitoring, one of our favorites is the pHin monitors. These systems ship you pre-measured chemicals that you can simply drop in when needed. The system monitors your water quality and tells you when it is time to add chemicals so you don’t even have to think about it.
In addition to a good monitoring system that will add chemicals for you, you will need something to clean the dirt and grime that accumulates in your pool. A robot is a good start. These robots will travel around the sides and bottom of your pool cleaning away all the dirt and debris from your pool. While this won’t free you from cleaning a skimmer or occasionally vacuuming and skimming the water yourself, it will definitely make things much easier in the long run.
Step 3: Setup the System
Once you get the right system, you will need to install it. If you aren’t sure how to install it properly, I would recommend hiring a professional to do it. Still, they are usually pretty easy to install and get running yourself if you are a do-it-yourselfer.
Make sure you follow all instructions from the system manufacturer closely when setting it up. The key is to get started on the right foot so you don’t run into issues down the road with the monitoring system.
Step 4: Monitor and Add Chemicals
Now that your system is all setup, it is time to monitor it using your computer or mobile device. It will notify you when you need to add chemicals. Make sure you don’t delay when it requests chemicals that way your water doesn’t get out of balance while the system waits for you.
At the same time, don’t forget that you will still need to do the occasional manual cleaning and checks to your pool and your pools filtration system in order to ensure optimal water quality and system health.
Step 5: Enjoy Your Pool Without All the Work
Now that your system is installed and running properly, all you have to do now is enjoy the pool for what it was meant for – swimming! Remember to keep tabs on your monitoring system and add chemicals as needed and make sure you keep enough on hand so you don’t run out. It can be easy to forget when you aren’t actively playing pool chemist.
Also don’t forget to properly clean your pool’s filter and do the occasional hand vacuum as well to make sure that the water stays as clean as it possibly can.
The Internet is truly changing everything about our lives, including how we care for our pools. With these new automatic systems, it is easier than ever to care for the water and keep our pools clean. However, you do need to make sure you use the right system and it won’t completely free you from a little work, but it does go a long way toward reducing the work load that a new pool can require. So why not bring your pool into the 21st century by adding a little automation to your pool life.
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