Pool Equipment: How to Make the Right Choice

Written by Lillian Connors
21
Aug

If you’re one of those lucky people who have a pool in their backyard, you’ve by now surely become quite familiar with all the necessary equipment and maintenance procedures that are necessary. On the other hand, if you’re considering buying and installing a pool, you need to know that once you fill it with water, a completely new adventure begins.

This, of course, doesn’t mean that the effort and money you invest in the pool will not pay off. Far from it! What you do need to be aware, however, is that the choice of pool equipment will have a significant effect on the quality of your experience. So, let us take a look at some tips for purchasing the best possible pool equipment.

White goods

The white goods, such as main drain, skimmer and nozzles are an essential and integral part of the pool, which is why you need to make sure you for the best quality available, since having to replace any of those parts entails significant expenditure and longer periods during which you won’t be able to use the pool.

Hydraulic circuit

Again, another segment that has to be configured and dimensioned appropriately from the start, since any alternations and changes involve complex procedures. In order to get the right kind of hydraulic circuit, hoses and valves, you’ll have to refer to a professional for help and estimate.

Also, have a look at what other people have posted online in relation to their experience with pool equipment and you should be able to make the right decision without breaking the bank.

Pump/filter

This pair definitely belongs to the category of essential pool supplies since it provides clean, filtered water for your pool. Pumps operate at different speeds and use various types of filters. Depending on the size of your pool and the available choice, you need to make sure that you have a system that is powerful enough to provide the expected result.

Trying to save some money by buying a pump/filter system which is not capable of processing that amount of water is probably the worst thing you can do. Carefully calculate the amount of water and find a system that meets your requirements.

Lights

If you’re planning to have an in-ground swimming pool, it’s a good idea to consider installing some lights for safety reasons, particularly if you’re keen on night swimming. It is even recommended to have some kind of lighting for above-ground swimming pools and the emergence and development of LED technology have resulted in some affordable and efficient options being available.

Heating system

This might be part of optional swimming pool equipment, but if you’re able to heat the water, you’ll be able to extend the period during which you can enjoy swimming, which would make the investment quite worthwhile. You can choose among boilers, heat exchangers, electric and solar pool heater and heat pumps, but the final decision will be based on the amount of money you’re ready to splash out, the size of your pool and the climate.

Water treatment systems

Just having a good pump and filter is not enough to enjoy safe swimming. You also need to provide chemical treatment to eliminate bacteria and viruses. Whether you go for an electrolyser, a chlorinator or injecting products, such as liquid chlorine, depends again on the type and size of your pool and the availability of these products where you live.

You also need to maintain the water balance regularly and monitor the total alkalinity and hardness of water. Furthermore, that is vital if you want to avoid problems, such as corrosion, scaling or green water. It’s wise to invest in a pH regulator, which will automatically maintain the degree of acidity of water at an optimum level.

Robotic cleaners

If you can invest in a robot that will help you maintain your pool, you should definitely consider this option, because you won’t have to clean the pool manually with a pool brush. The type of cleaner you should choose will depend on your funds, the shape and size of your pool and the type of lining.

Covers

Finally, the better protection against impurities, insects, dust and other debris you provide, the longer and better your equipment will work. That’s why you should definitely get a cover, which can also be a safety device. The choice is varied and features simple covers with bars, pool shutter covers, movable pool floors, etc. Naturally, the price reflects the level of sophistication.

As you can see, there’s quite a lot you need to be aware when choosing pool equipment. Still, if you do your homework and don’t cut corners, you’ll be treated with countless hours of fun in your own swimming pool.