Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be tech savvy to automate your pool or use pool automation products.
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The Australian home might seem incomplete without access to a swimming pool. Publically available data shows that every one in six homes in Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney owns a pool. If you are one of those homes, you must have faced at least one of these challenges:
The solution to these problems is regular maintenance that involves a lot of effort and costs. With an automated system, maintaining your swimming pool is simpler—and less costly—than ever before. It is a great way to take control of many different products from a central hub that help your pool work more effectively.
In the past, you would need to flip every pool system switch individually. It was a lot of work to constantly handle your pool’s pump, with heater settings and manually change valves.
An automated pool and spa system lets you handle many features from the palm of your hand. For example, our Viron Connect provides the optional internet gateway that allows you to download the Connect My Pool App for Apple or Android devices to control your pool from anywhere you want; or you can opt for a web connect device like iAqualink to enjoy full-control over your pool using the iAquaLink™ app on your devices.
To visually look at them, an automation device i.e. a pool/spa controller is just a box that will have a series of power points for you to plug products into. Inside is where the magic happens. A sophisticated PCB that will allow for scheduling, communication and control of various settings and parameters (depending on the products that are connected) is what makes a controller an absolute must have for anyone looking to have a fully automated pool.
Most pools will have a pump, filter, chlorinator and a cleaner of some kind. Then added to that some pools may have water features, deck jets, heat pumps, gas heaters, chemical dosers, swim jets, blowers, etc. All these products can operate independently, but tying them all together to operate as a seamless unit and provide the greatest efficiency, an automated system is your best option. Here are the top 3 benefits:
Easier maintenance. You can control all your automated pool functions from one screen on your device, putting everything in one place cuts down the time it takes to manage all of the different functions of your pool. It also gives you the ability to monitor the chemical balance of the water to make sure you sanitise your pool on time and correctly.
Reduced energy use. You can set your maintenance schedules based on climate and usage, for example by installing a variable-speed pump controlled by remote control, you can run your pool equipment only when necessary, which will ensure that you aren’t wasting any unnecessary electricity.
Greater convenience. Having an automated pool means that you can control the temperature of the water or lighting at all times from wherever you are. Moreover, you have the ability to select and save your favourite settings to suit any season and occasions such as parties or spa nights. For example, you can turn on your pool heating from work, so that the pool will be the perfect temperature for you to jump straight in as soon as you get home!
All our pool & spa controllers have a complimentary device that will allow for use through a smartphone. Connectivity to the home WiFi provides a secure and on-demand connection to your pool, allowing for control from anywhere in the world at any time. These great add on devices provide an additional layer of benefit meaning you can adjust certain settings to suit your individual needs, i.e. if you want your spa to be ready when you get home from work, just open the app on your phone, turn it on, select the temperature you want, it’s that simple.
All of these technologies are currently available, and they are more affordable than ever before, due to their increasing popularity. If you are looking for pool automated systems, talk to the experts, chat with your builder or local pool care professional or contact us directly and we can help walk you through the device that is best suited to your pool and requirements.