So, you want to take the plunge into pool ownership? If you’re feeling swept away by a tsunami of pool equipment tech-talk and terminology, read on. Don’t splash your cash on expensive pool equipment until you’ve read our go-to guide to what you really need for hassle-free pool ownership…without the fancy-pants optional extras.
Pool chlorinators take the hard yards and guesswork out of pool ownership by automating the process of chlorinating your pool. Modern salt pool chlorinators rely on a process of electrolysis, a chemical reaction that produces water-soluble chlorine as a result of pool water passing through a salt cell. Pool chlorinators are generally unobtrusive and do away with the need to constantly test your pool water or store potentially hazardous or volatile chemicals in bulk on your property. The chlorination process kills harmful bacteria and ensures a healthy and safe pool environment with a minimum of fuss…and a crystal-clear pool.
Pool pumps and filtration systems
A pool pump or pool filtration system is a must-buy if you’re contemplating pool ownership. Pool chlorinators kill bacteria, but it’s the pump and filtration system that’s responsible for fishing it out of the water… along with the dust, insects, debris and bird and rodent droppings that make their way into your pool. A pool pump diverts water from the pool into either a sand or diatomaceous earth (DE) filter, trapping the unwanted particles and returning the clean water to the pool to prevent stagnation and contamination.
If you don’t fancy spending your precious pool time wielding a scrubbing brush or leaf skimmer, then you’ll want to consider a pool cleaner. Pool cleaners effortlessly remove debris from the water and clean your underwater pool surfaces to remove a build-up of slimy, unsightly algae. Best of all, they can work 24-7 and don’t have to hold their breath or wear a mask and snorkel to do it.
Pool lighting systems
You might not think of pool lighting as a must-have item of pool equipment but without it, you’re swimming blind. If you want to swim at night or all year round, lighting’s essential to ensure a safe and attractive swimming environment. Pool lighting can be installed from new or retrofitted to an existing pool. Best of all, you can adjust it to complement your surroundings and create ambiance and resort-style luxury.