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Importance Of Quality Equipment

Quality energy efficient equipment is more important than you may realise for both the life span of your filtration system & your ongoing costs. Putting cheap and inferior equipment on a swimming pool is one of the most common mistakes made when purchasing a pool.  

At Scenic pools, we understand that your swimming pool filtration setup is important. Understanding swimming pool filtration can be daunting, especially if you’ve never owned a swimming pool before. To relieve some of this stress, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to make things simple for you, so we’ve created 4 suitable packages to suit everyone's budget and needs.  

The bronze package is our basic pool package which we include as standard in every Scenic Pools quote. This package is made up of the following items.

 

  • Premium Single Speed Pump
  • Cartridge Filter
  • Salt Water Chlorinator

 

This is our basic package and really just there for the customer that simply wants a pool in the ground with a filtration system that does its job to safely sanitise their swimming pool for their family. This filtration setup is the least efficient of the 4 packages that we provide and does require more maintenance on the pool owners behalf due to having a single speed pump and cartridge filter which requires more cleaning.


The silver package has a few upgrades on the bronze package, where we’ve upgraded both your pump & filter. This package is made up of the following items.

 

  • Variable Speed Pump
  • Glass Media Filter
  • Salt Water Chlorinator

 

This is our premium salt water package for the customer that is still after a saltwater pool, but is also looking for an efficient solution with less to do when it comes to maintaining their pool. By adding a variable speed pump, this will bring the running costs of your pool down and by adding the glass media filter to your filtration setup, this will enable you to spend more time enjoying your pool rather than maintaining your pool. 



The gold package is one of the most popular packages amongst our customers. This filtration setup is similar to our silver package. However, the chlorinator has been upgraded to a magnesium mineral system. This package is made up of the following items.

 

  • Variable Speed Pump
  • Glass Media Filter
  • Magnesium Mineral Pool

 

As mentioned above, this is arguably our most popular package. If you’re wanting one of the safest and healthiest swimming environments for your family, then this is the solution for you. No chlorine smell, itchy skin or red stinging eyes. This system gives the water a feel of softness, and the benefits of the magnesium absorbed through your skin will rejuvenate your body as you swim. This intuitive easy to use system will put a smile on the face of whoever is maintaining the pool.



The platinum package is our top of the range filtration solution. If you’re looking for a pool with lower running costs, energy efficiency, low maintenance and environmentally friendly, then look no further. This package is made up of the following items.

 

  • Variable Speed Pump
  • Glass Media Filter
  • Naked Freshwater System

 

By choosing this system, the benefits are endless. For you, this solution means, energy efficiency, low maintenance, lower running cost, environmentally friendly, low chemical use, less chlorine than tap water, no red eyes, no skin irritation, good for asthma & eczema sufferers, ability to add minerals like magnesium & potassium, easy to use, and more.



Strip Solar Panels

The way that strip solar heating works is fundamentally simple. The concept is to harness the heat from the sun to heat your swimming pool by pumping water via a solar collector (i.e. rubber or rigid plastic tubes) which is normally mounted on the roof of your home. The hot water which is stored in the solar collector is then simply pushed into your swimming pool by the use of a solar pump. Cold water from your swimming pool is pushed through the same series of pipes and stored back in the solar collector to be heated by the sun and then again pumped into your pool.

Advantages

  • Environmentally-Friendly
  • Lowest running costs
  • Low emissions
  • Good lifespan



Disadvantages

  • Initial setup cost can be more expensive than other systems
  • It can take up considerable roof space depending on the size of your pool
  • Can look unattractive of your roof
  • Heating your pool can take longer than other systems depending on the size of the solar system that you choose
  • May not be as effective in shoulder seasons
  • Not as effective on cloudy days


Electric Heat Pumps


Electric heat pumps are arguably the most popular form of swimming pool heating in current times. Heat pumps work by pulling heat from the ambient air temperature and transferring this heat into the pool water. Basically like a reverse cycle air conditioning system for a swimming pool.

Advantages

  • Easy to install
  • Energy efficient
  • Eco friendly
  • Inexpensive to run
  • Low maintenance
  • Extended season & full season availability

Disadvantages

  • Initial heat up is slow
  • Can be expensive to purchase
  • Heats slower than other systems
  • Higher installation cost as they require an additional electrical circuit


Gas Heaters


Gas heaters are still considered to be the number one form of heating when it comes to heating a swimming pool. They generally work by using natural gas or propane to heat coils within the gas unit which the water runs through prior to returning to your swimming pool. Renowned for being an on demand heating system with fast and efficient heat up times, and even though it is still considered to be the best, gas heating does have its downfalls.


Advantages

  • Fastest heat up speed
  • Heating on demand
  • Can get the water to high temperatures
  • Can be used all year round
  • Not reliant on weather conditions

Disadvantages

  • Upfront cost can be expensive
  • Requires a gas plumber for installation
  • Installation costs are higher
  • Very high running cost when used in shoulder seasons or winter months
  • Not as energy efficient as other heating systems
  • Not environmentally friendly


Swimming pool blankets and pool heating truly do go hand in hand. However, pool blankets seem to be the one that gets a bad rap. 

The main point of contention that we often come across from consumers is very common “I don’t like what they look like”. What needs to be considered is that they do have a number of important benefits, and in this day and age, there are numerous solutions to this aesthetic dilemma. It all comes down to your budget.

  • Consider building a seat cover over a standard pool blanket and roller
  • Consider an underground blanket box
  • Consider an automatic security cover

Advantages

  • Traps heat reducing your pool heating costs
  • Reduces water evaporation
  • Assists with chlorine consumption
  • Reduction of leaf load sinking to the floor of your pool

Disadvantages

  • Can be unsightly
  • Only worthwhile if you’re actually going to take the time to use it
  • Can take up space depending on the solution that you choose


Suction Cleaners

If you grew up in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, you probably remember seeing that strange looking thing sitting on the floor of a swimming pool that had a long vacuum hose connected to it. This is what’s known as a swimming pool suction cleaner. These cleaners basically use your pool's filtration systems pump to power the suction cleaner. They generally work by using the pool pump to suck debris from your pool, through the vacuum hose and into your pool's skimmer. Hence the name “suction cleaner”. To help you decide if this is the right kind of cleaner for you, please see the list of advantages and disadvantages below.

Advantages

  • Most affordable option
  • Generally clean floors and walls of the pool
  • Handles small and medium sized debris very effectively
  • Easy to repair and parts are inexpensive

Disadvantages

  • They are a hassle to remove from the pool
  • If you don’t remove them from your pool, they take up swim space
  • If you don’t remove them from your pool, they may deteriorate over time.
  • They can get clogged
  • You need to empty your skimmer basket regularly
  • When in use, they can affect the filtration flow of your pool
  • More time cleaning your pump and filter
  • Wear & tear on your pump and filter meaning these may need to be repaired or replaced sooner
  • They don’t come come with bluetooth, smartphone navigation or mapping features


Robotic Cleaners

In recent times, robotic pool cleaners have arguably become the most popular swimming pool cleaning solution today. Unlike the suction cleaner, robotic cleaners have an internal debris basket within the actual cleaner and use low voltage electricity which is delivered through a floating power cord which provides power to the robotic cleaner propelling it around the swimming pool. There are many different models in the market with a number of different features since their appearance into the industry back in the 1980’s. These features include floor only cleaners, wall and floor cleaners, cleaning cycles, pool shape mapping, smartphone navigation, bluetooth app capabilities, electrical swivel cord and more, so it’s important to choose a cleaner to suit your needs.

Advantages

  • Easy and convenient to use
  • Energy efficient
  • Lots of choice based on your needs
  • Easily handles small and large debris
  • No wear and tear on your filtration system
  • Not constantly left sitting in your pool due to ease of use
  • Can brush walls, floors & waterline depending on the cleaner you choose
  • Not many moving parts, so fairly easy to repair
  • The top end cleaners come with bluetooth, smartphone navigation and mapping features

Disadvantages

  • Can be expensive depending on the model you choose
  • Depending on the amount of debris in your pool, you may need to empty the basket more often. This is also dependent on the size of the internal basket
  • Cord can get tangled if you choose a cleaner without a swivel option


Pressure cleaners are known to be one of the best pool cleaning options on the market today but a cleaner like this may not always be necessary. Pressure cleaners are renowned for their ability to collect and remove large debris such as large leaves, twigs, pine needles, etc, so if this isn’t the situation in your yard, then a pressure cleaner may not be the most suitable choice for you. However, if a pressure cleaner is your preference, it will definitely do a good job on any pool. A pressure cleaner typically uses water pressure from a dedicated booster pump to propel itself through the water collecting debris along its journey into a filter bag which is attached to the cleaner.

Advantages

  • Great for large debris
  • Good sized filter bag
  • Fairly simple to maintain or repair

Disadvantages

  • Expensive due to the cost of both the cleaner and the booster pump
  • Generally always left in the pool because they run on a daily schedule
  • Due to being left in the pool, parts can deteriorate faster
  • More expensive to run due to the booster pump
  • They don’t scrub walls, floors or waterline scum
  • They don’t come come with bluetooth, smartphone navigation or mapping features


We all look forward to swimming in our pools, but not many of us really look forward to cleaning our pools. If you’re wanting a low maintenance solution and money isn’t a problem, then an in-floor cleaning and circulation system may be the choice for you. 

An in-floor cleaning and circulation system uses pop up cleaning nozzles situated in the pool floor, steps and benches, working harmoniously to clear your pool of debris, and in turn evenly circulating the water around your pool, eliminating cold spots and saving on chemical and heating costs. Even though this alternative may sound like the perfect solution, like most things, it does come with its problems.

Advantages

  • Your pool generally always looks spotless
  • Extremely quiet
  • Improves water circulation and heat distribution
  • Works on daily timers
  • Reduces chemical running costs and heating costs

Disadvantages

  • Depending on the size of your pool and the system you choose, this is by far the most expensive solution
  • Get rid of debris but doesn’t keep the actual pool surface clean (i.e. walls & floor)
  • Can’t be retrofitted
  • Can be problematic if cleaning nozzles break or stop popping up
  • If there are issues with one nozzle, it can affect the entire system working efficiently
  • Can be difficult and expensive to repair
  • Increased electricity costs