Our complete guide to pool automation and pool controls.
Traditionally, maintaining a pool has required a fair amount of personal attention and effort. Maintenance meant grappling with managing a pool’s chemistry, filtration and cleaning — tasks that have deterred many would-be pool owners from taking the plunge into pool ownership. But as pool automation has become increasingly more sophisticated, the hassle of operating and maintaining a pool or spa has been all but eliminated. Automation minimises human effort and maximises the time spent enjoying a pool!
Automated pool systems have a wide range of benefits for homeowners. Most importantly, automation systems help homeowners save money. For example, if they are not running a pool’s heat pump around the clock, their energy bill will be lower, much the same way a programmable home thermostat saves money on energy for the house. Various pool systems — heating, filters, lighting — are frequently left on more often than needed. It’s very common to crank up a pool heater and then forget to turn it down.
Pool Sanitisation Automation
Automated chemical balances minimise chemical costs by adding chemicals with precision. An automated pool and spa system can manage chemical balance for homeowners. It can report on pH, chlorine and salt levels for pools equipped with compatible chemical controllers, making it even easier to care for pool and spa water. Automation also helps to keep swimmers safe by preventing chemical balancing systems from over correcting imbalances. See our Astral VX7T Salt Water Chlorinator.
The pH of pool water can move up and down quite a bit within just a few hours. And pH affects all the other elements of water quality: if the pH drifts too high, the pool’s chlorine loses nearly all of its sanitising ability and algae, bacteria and viruses make their way into the pool water and thrive. An automation system like the Astral Rola Chem Dosing Machine provides constant pH control, resulting in a cleaner, safer pool.
Pool Automation Accessories
Automation offers home-owners simple control and convenience. Through an automation system, mobile apps can control the various functions of pools and spas on-premise or remotely via Wi-Fi or smartphone. These apps provide a simple, intuitive interface that enables users to easily and conveniently monitor and control water temperature, pool covers and other pool features.
Aside from being practical, automation can also be fun. Automation can enable the automatic programming of lights, jets, fountains, waterfalls and other features. Home-owners can turn on the spa heating remotely from the office so the spa is ready to sink into when they arrive home at the end of the day. Imagine an automated pool lighting system that mixes and matches combinations of pool LED lights to create a vibrant spectrum of colours in a pool. These combinations can be automatically sequenced to illuminate and cycle through colours at varying speeds, and in different sequences of colour. It’s like having a theme park in the backyard! Take a look at our multi-colour LED Pool lights!