Owning and maintaining an above ground or inground swimming pool requires an investment of money, time and several pieces of important pool equipment that will keep your pool in top-working condition and leave you free to enjoy your pool more and less time taking care of it. At Specialty Pool Products, we carry a complete line of swimming pool equipment - top-quality products from the best manufacturers like Hayward, Aquabot and Polaris, in the business. And because of our tremendous buying power, we offer some of the lowest prices available anywhere!
Every swimming pool, regardless of size, shape, model or type requires a pool pump and a pool filter system. These two pieces of pool equipment work together to circulate your pool water (helping to distribute sanitizers & other chemicals) and filter out dirt, debris and fine particulates from the pool water to keep your water clear and clean. Without a pump and filter, pool water would quickly become cloudy, unsanitary and full of algae and other potentially harmful bacteria. Uncirculated water can also become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects. There is great information on the importance of pool pumps and motors, along with pool pump and motor answers and how to minimize pool pump energy costs available to you so you are better informed and get the right pool pump you need and make it work its best for you.
There are other types of pool equipment that, while not required, can certainly make your swimming pool much more enjoyable to use and less time-consuming and costly to operate. By understanding what the various types of equipment do, you can help decide which are necessary for your swimming pool and which are not.
Robotic pool cleaners, for example, are basically pool vacuums that clean dirt & debris from your swimming pool and pool water, automatically. While it is certainly possible to manually clean your swimming pool using a combination of skimmers, wall brushes, telescoping pool poles and other pool maintenance items, an automatic pool cleaner will save you significant time, effort and energy. Cleaners are especially helpful in yards with a large number of trees or heavy debris. Plus, they do a much better job than cleaning by hand.
Pool heaters and heat pumps are more examples of pool equipment that can make a tremendous difference in how, and when, you enjoy your pool. A pool heater or heat pump can significantly increase the length of your swim season and can also make nighttime swims warm, comfortable and more inviting. Where you live and how you use your pool will help you determine whether this equipment should be considered “optional" or “required." You can read details about the AquaCal Heatwave heat pump and get an idea if a heat pump and its energy savings is the right choice for you.
Automatic timers & controls can help regulate the use of other pool equipment, turning them on only when desired or when needed. This not only saves you time but can also reduce the running time and costs associated with heaters, lights, attached spas, water effects, etc.
Pool steps and ladders make pool entry and exit more convenient and safe, and they can also protect your pool from unauthorized access when the pool is not in use as some come with locking gates or ladders to added security.
Protective pool covers, including winter covers and safety covers, provide a barrier against debris and the elements when your pool is closed for the winter season (or during any extended period of inactivity). These covers can also help protect against accidental submersion by children, pets and area wildlife. Solar blankets are used during the swim season to raise the temperature of your by water by as much as 15 degrees with no running costs. Solar covers also help keep some debris like leaves and bugs from getting into your pool.
There are several other types of pool supplies that could be considered "pool equipment" including vinyl liners, replacement cartridges, skimmers and leaf nets, chemical feeders and more. The specific equipment you choose will depend on your swimming pool, your preferences and your budget, and you should seriously consider learning every consideration when shopping for an above ground pool. If you have any questions while shopping on PoolProducts.com, give the Pool Experts at Specialty Pool Products a call, at 1-800-983-7665. We'll be happy to review your situation and help you find just the right swimming pool equipment, at just the right prices!