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10 Things Pool Owners Can Do For Our Environment June 22, 2010

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10 Things Pool Owners Can Do For Our Environment

  1. Buy products that come in reusable or recyclable containers.
  2. Take out of date chemicals and cleaning supplies to a hazardous waste recycling center.
  3. Add a cover or solar heating system instead of using gas heat.
  4. Don’t run the pump more hours per day than is needed to keep the pool clean.
  5. Save water by keeping the cover on when the pool is not in use and b asking swimmers to avoid excess splashing of water out of the pool
  6. Save water by checking for leaks every week (and repairing them promptly) by using a broom instead of a hose to clean pool decks
  7. Keep leaves and other organic debris out of the pool, they destroy sanitizers and other pool chemicals, requiring you to buy and add more
  8. Replace the net on your leaf rake instead of buying a new unit. Other service tools also have replaceable parts, so ask before you throw usable tools into the landfill.
  9. Use your pool on hot days to cool off rather than using the air conditioner.
  10. Buy an energy-efficient motor when replacing one on your pump

Benefits of Solar Reels June 11, 2010

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  • Solar reels make for easier blanket handling, for quicker access to your pool and more time enjoying your pool.
  • Solar reels store blankets safely and neatly.
  • Solar cover removal can be done by one person.
  • Proper handling of the blanket with a solar reel extends the life of the blanket, eliminating tugging, dragging and tearing.

Solar Cover Benefits May 27, 2010

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  • Solar covers extend the swimming season. Swim earlier in the spring and later in the fall.
  • Solar covers help build heat in the pool, by limiting heat loss. Reduce heating cost and enjoy more comfortable swimming.
  • Covers can also reduce evaporation, which can waste both water and heat and increase the Total Dissolved Solids levels in the water. Some estimates say that as much as 50 gallons a day can be lost in an uncovered pool from evaporation. That’s more than 18,000 gallons of water wasted each year.
  • Keep your pool cleaner, because loose debris stays on the blanket, not in the pool.

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Pool Care Glossary November 11, 2008

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Everything you needed to know from A to Z.

Solar Pool Heating August 27, 2008

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    Why is solar energy superior for heating your pool?

  • Provides the lowest annual operational costs (energy is provided free from the sun)
  • Provides the lowest maintenance costs (minimal if any)
  • It is the cleanest, safest and quietest source of energy
  • Solar systems have the longest lifespan (no moving parts, no corrosion) – almost always outlasting their warranties.
  • A solar pool heating system pays for itself within 2 to 4 years
  • Heats your pool to a warm, comfortable temperature.
  • Is environment-friendly energy – free from the sun.
  • Doubles your swim season with luxuriously warm water.
  • Dramatically reduces or eliminates pool heating costs.
  • Adds value to your pool and to your home.

Check out PcPools Above ground and In ground Solar Pool Heater options.

Solar Sun Rings April 8, 2008

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What Are Solar Sun Rings

The Solar Sun Ring is a passive solar swimming pool heating device made from two sheets of heavyweight U.V. resistant vinyl. The upper clear layer holds insulating air and focuses sunlight on the blue colored lower layer.

The blue layer absorbs about 50% of the sunlight and converts it to heat. The balance of the sunlight is allowed to pass through for deep water heating.

How Do Solar Sun Rings Work?

At night the contained air acts as an insulating blanket to retain heat gained during daylight. Solar Sun Rings are equipped with six magnets to improve clarity and decrease hardness of the water in your pool. The magnets are positioned to facilitate rafting. The strength of the magnets will permit single position removal but will easily separate to prevent entrapment in accidental falls.

Solar Sun Rings were designed to be compatible with automatic pool cleaners. In the event the suction hose catches on a ring, the ring will separate from the raft to allow the pool cleaner to continue.Solar Sun Rings Pool Example Neither water nor pool chemicals can evaporate through the Solar Sun Rings two layers of heavyweight vinyl.

You will save water and chemicals about equal to the percentage of the surface covered. Once the water in your pool has reached adequate temperature, Solar Sun Rings may be turned over to conserve water by limiting evaporation without significantly heating the water.

How Many Solar Sun Rings Do I Need?

We recommend enough Solar Sun Rings be purchased to cover 70% to 80% of your pools
surface, ignoring the small triangles between the rings.

Click here to find out how many rings your pool needs!

Are Solar Sun Rings Compatible With My Pool?

Solar Sun Rings may be used on all chlorine or salt water system pools, whether in ground or above ground.

How Do I Clean My Solar Sun Rings?

After removal from the swimming pool Solar Sun Rings can be easily cleaned with a sponge and mild detergent solution.

Solar Sun Rings Help Your Pool Stay Clean

Your pool requires some direct sunlight and open water to stay healthy. The open water around the raft of Solar Sun Rings and the triangle caused by the convergence of three Solar Sun Rings is by design. These open areas allow your pool to receive some direct sunlight. This sunlight will greatly reduce the incidence of mustard algae.




Inner Grid:Proper Inflation

The inner grid should be inflated orally with about two large breaths of air for an average person. Do not use more air, two breaths is all that is needed. Close the valve. Bunch up the SSR and move the contained air around to separate both layers of plastic. The SSR cannot be made to lie flat unless the layers are separated. The SSR should be about the size of a soccer ball when bunched up.

Outer Ring:Over Inflation

Inflate the outer ring orally until it is firm. Close the valve. Place each SSR single layer in direct sunlight on a flat non-abrasive surface until the packing lines relax. This should take from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the intensity of the sun. If the SSR does not lie flat after the packing lines are relaxed, examine the SSR for areas not separated. If the SSR still does not lie flat measure the diameter. A properly inflated SSR is 59 inches or 149.86cm Distorted Inflationin
diameter. If the SSR is smaller use the deflation tube provided to let air out of the inner grid until it lies flat. Excessive air in the grid section, deep packing lines and failure to separate both layers of plastic will all cause the outer edge to curl and distort.


HEATING: Once the Solar Sun Rings are inflated, cover up to 70% to 80% of the surface of your pool with Solar Sun Rings by placing the blue colored side on the water. You should not cover more than 70% of the surface on deep pools and not more than 80% on shallow pools. For the best solar effect, keep the upper surface of the Solar Sun Rings clean and clear.

Turn the Solar Sun Rings over so the blue side is up. The Solar Sun Rings do not heat water efficiently when upside down.


Neither water nor chemicals can evaporate through the two layers of heavyweight vinyl. You will save on water and chemicals about equal to the actual percentage of water covered.


Once inflated proper care of this product will greatly extend its useful life. Pool decking is designed to be abrasive to prevent slips and falls. Do not walk on Solar Sun Rings or drag Solar Sun Rings on this abrasive surface. When Solar Sun Rings are not on the pool water do not stack them in direct sunlight, excessive internal temperatures will develop and melt the vinyl films.

Solar Sun Rings are passive pool heating devices and should not be used as pool toys.


Solar Sun Rings are warranted to be free of manufacturing defects for two years. Warranty is limited to materials and workmanship. Solar Sun Rings will not warranty products for damage or suitability.

Swimming Pool Heaters December 14, 2007

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Swimming Pool Heaters

If you own a swimming pool you want to use it as much as possible. Jumping into a heated swimming pool on a cool night feels like heaven! The best way to extend you pools season is to utilize a swimming pool heater. The key to enjoyable swim is to have the pool water temperature be consistently comfortable. How to regulate the temperature of your pool water depends in large part on what type of swimming pool heater you install. Swimming pool heaters come in three main categories: solar, fossil fueled, or electric. From these main types, you can choose the one that will work best for your swimming pool needs. pcPools offers all three of these types of pool heaters for both in ground and above ground swimming pools.

Each type of swimming pool heater has its advantages and disadvantages. A solar pool heater can be installed on your roof or on the ground and converts energy absorbed from the sun to heat the pool water. This is the most inexpensive and “green” method of heating your pool. A natural gas or propane powered pool heater is optimal for maintaining a constant temperature in the swimming pool and can heat your pool quickly and without sunlight.

Solar Pool Heaters

An increasingly popular and “green” option for pool owners is solar pool heater for two main reasons. First, the solar pool heater doesn’t require any additional energy to run the heater, which makes it an inexpensive investment. The long term energy savings will literally pay for the solar pool heaters. Second, a solar pool heater requires very little maintenance. For the best results, solar pool heaters should obviously be used in sunnier climates or those that don’t have rapid up and down shifts in the weather and temperature. However, the solar technology has gotten better and these types of pool heaters work well in all climates. While these heaters can work without a lot of sunshine, it will take longer for the pool to heat up from a lower temperature.

Natural Gas or Propane Pool Heaters (Fossil Fueled)

Natural gas and propane powered swimming pool heaters work well for larger pools and for climates that are more likely to shift temperature quickly. These standard utility based pool heaters can be added to a pre-existing pool or can be installed after you the pool has been built. While these pool heaters can add to your overall utility bills, they do come in energy efficient models that attempt to cut back on this energy usage. By running these pool heaters only when necessary, you can cut down on the overall power bills.

Heat Pump (Electric)

Another option for a more energy efficient pool heater is a pool heat pump. Heat pumps run on electricity and emit absolutely no exhausts that pollute the air – they are low NOx by definition. Pool heat pumps work by extracting heat from the air and transferring it into the pool water. Since the air is always warm when the pool is in use, it is the perfect and most efficient use for a heat pump. pcPools carries both Jandy® Air Energy™ and Aqua Pro Systems™ pool heat pumps. Pool heat pumps are so efficient at transferring this heat that they can operate at a lower cost than natural gas.

With the rising cost of energy and the desire to be less wasteful an increasing number of pool owners are using different types of pool heaters in conjunction with one another. There is nothing saying you can’t use a combination of these swimming pool heaters at the same time. Solar pool heaters do a great job of keeping your utility bills down in the early summer and early fall when the sun’s rays remain strong. Simply use the natural gas or propane powered pool heaters during the cooler times of the year when the sun is losing its strength. The other option is to use the natural gas and propane powered pool heaters to bring the pool water temperature up quickly and then maintain the pool water temperature with the solar pool heater. This method does a good job of helping to maintain a more even water temperature. By using both, you can help to cut back on your power usage as well as allow your pool to remain at a steady temperature instead of having to be warmed up as the water cools with the day’s weather changes.

To help swimming pool heaters even more, you can install a solar pool cover. This additional barrier between the environment and your pool will aid in keeping the pool water warmer at night and maintain the heat that naturally occurs during the daylight hours.

Pool heaters are a wonderful way to maximize your swimming pool season. pcPools offers the most technologically advanced swimming pool heaters from name brand manufacturers such as Hayward®, Teledyne/Laars®, Minimax®, Raypak®, Max-E-Therm®,and Lochinvar®. Above ground and in ground pool models available. These high efficiency, low maintenance pool heaters will increase your swimming pool enjoyment and SAVE YOU MONEY!