Automated smart pools (also sometimes referred to as intelligent pools, clever pools, or future pools) have become far more easily affordable for the average Australian family in recent years. Today, it’s easier than ever for homeowners in Melbourne and all over the globe to obtain pools that require minimal management on their part. Smart pools allow pool owners to maintain, clean, and monitor their pools in just a fraction of the time traditional pools require.
Wondering whether a smart pool could be right for you? Whether you already own a classic swimming pool or you’re just starting research to purchase your first pool, here are some pieces of information to consider when deciding whether a smart pool makes sense for your family.
Smart pools are convenient
Smart pools are, above all else, incredibly convenient. Unlike classical pools, smart pools can be fully automated and require almost no extra maintenance or cleaning. With just a mobile device and a few finger taps, you can control a variety of your pool’s components via your mobile pool management system. This means that no matter where you go, you never have to worry about forgetting to check something, adjust something, or turn something on or off. Smart pools are the ultimate in modern convenience.
Smart pools save money
Cost is something that most Melbournians are considering upgrading their pool or purchasing a smart pool are typically concerned about. While it’s true that a smart pool and/or intelligent pool add-ons can be quite expensive up front, what many people fail to realise is how much money their smart pool can save them over time.
By automating a variety of features and maintenance procedures in your smart pool, you’ll save money each month on energy bills and cleaning materials. In the long run, these monthly savings add up and actually save you money.
Smart pools save time
Time is perhaps the most valuable resource any of us have. In today’s world, we are all busy. We all have full schedules and very little free time. No one wants to spend an afternoon off scrubbing the pool or balancing pH levels. Now, thanks to smart pool technology, you don’t have to. Smart pools give you your time back so you can enjoy your family, friends, and free time without having any responsibilities hanging over your head.
How do smart pools work?
While smart pools may seem complicated on the surface, they actually are quite simple to understand. First and foremost, everything about smart pools is intelligently designed to make your life easier. This means that virtually everything your smart pool does is programmable, able to be scheduled, or able to be adjusted from a mobile device.
Every piece of technology in your smart pool is powered by a central power centre and control panel. From the timer that controls how long your pump runs to a device that checks your pool’s pH and adjusts the chemicals in your pool water accordingly, there are a variety of layers to your pool’s smart automation. The most advanced smart pools come with a management system that allows you to control up to 50 devices that are involved in your pool’s functions. Of course, as you look at smart pools that possess more complex and complicated automation options, the price is subject to rise in accordance with extra features.
What aspects of a smart pool can be automated?
1. Smart pool central management system
The pool central management system is what runs every other aspect of your smart pool. It’s the most important piece of technology in your smart pool because it allows every other piece of equipment or device to be controlled at the push of a button. While the control panel for the management system originally had to be located in the pool owner’s home, today, pool technology companies have turned this management system into apps, websites, and downloadable software that you can control remotely.
If you’re considering installing a smart pool, it’s important to make sure that you’re choosing a reputable pool specialist who can provide a top of the line central management system. Reputable dealers will offer free upgrades over time to make sure that your management system continues to function immaculately as technology keeps growing and changing.
Do you own a Google Home or Amazon Echo? Some of the newest smart pool central management systems can now be synced with your voice-activated smart home device. This allows you to control your pool totally hands-free and enjoy the beauty of smart technology that works together to make your life easier.
2. Automated pool pumps
Automated pool pumps are one of the most revolutionary things about smart pools because most pool owners do not use their pool pump properly. If you’ve ever been responsible for a pool, you know that traditional pool pumps can be quite expensive in terms of energy costs. For this reason, it’s common for people to run the pool pump less often and for shorter time increments than what is necessary.
Automated pool pumps use up to 85 percent less energy than regular pool pumps, so there’s no need to stress about how long your pump is running. With a smart pool, you can simply let your pool pump run whenever your smart pool sensors deem it necessary with no need to stress about the pump’s impact on your energy bill.
Why does using your pool pump matter? It’s a well-known fact that better-circulated water is inherently healthier. When your pool water is constantly circulating, your pool water becomes resistant to algae and bacteria, needs less chemical cleansing, and is more consistently temperate. Choosing a smart pool with an automated pump ensures that you always have the healthiest pool possible, for a reasonable price.
3. Self-cleaning pools
You might be dreaming about spending time by your new pool in Melbourne, but we’d be willing to bet that those dreams don’t include all the time you’ll spend cleaning a traditional pool. Regular cleaning practices involve using long hoses to scrub your pools from an awkward sideways angle and fishing out debris with nets. Try as you might, it’s incredibly difficult to get your pool completely clean when you’re working on it manually.
Smart pools contain state of the art self-cleaning technology that allows them to clean themselves from the bottom up. The Compass Pools Vantage system works via a system of nozzles installed on the bottom of the pool. The nozzles and a series of water jets stream water through the pool, scrubbing surfaces and pushing debris into the pool drain.
4. Automated salt chlorinators
Do you feel confused about how to achieve the proper pH balance in your pool? If working with chemicals stresses you out, it may be time to invest in an automated salt chlorinator. Smart pools with automated salt chlorinators automatically check the pH level of your pool water regularly and add chemicals accordingly, so the pH level in your pool is always perfect and safe for your family. This means you can enjoy a cleaner, healthier pool without having to spend any extra time or mental energy figuring out exactly the right balance of chlorine in your pool water. You’re also likely to save money on pool chemicals each month, as automated salt chlorinators never overestimate the amount of chlorine needed for your pool.
Smart pools increase your Melbourne’s property value
On the long list of reasons why people in Australia love smart pools, increased property value is towards the top. While almost any pool is likely to add some value to your property, a well built, high-quality smart pool can substantially boost the worth of your home and property. As they are able to be designed in virtually any shape, size, or colour, smart pools are simultaneously convenient, modern, and beautiful. Lots of different pools including infinity pools, above ground pools, and in-ground pools can all be built as smart pools or upgraded into smart pools after installation. Regardless of which precise model of pool you go with, prospective home buyers will take note of the thoughtful design and modern convenience of your smart pool instead of balking at the time and effort involved in caring for a regular pool.
More information about smart pools
If you’re interested in learning more about smart pools, we would love to talk with you about your project or interests. At Natural Pools, we believe in making the pool buying process a pleasant memory you’ll look back on fondly each time you use your new pool. Please contact our Melbourne team and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and walk you through the process of starting your next pool project.