Automating the backyard pool and spa
(NC)—New programmable control systems have made operating and maintaining pools and spas as easy as pushing a button. Capable of being operated from inside the home, a programmable control system eliminates the need to walk outside to turn the equipment on and off or to make adjustments to pool or spa operation.
These high-tech control devices feature a control panel that displays the operation status of pool and spa equipment, as well as permitting control over water and air temperature, sanitizer levels, salt chlorine operation, water features and lighting.
Some automatic control systems allow you to operate pool and spa equipment from inside the home or office using a desktop or laptop computer, while other systems use colour touch screen devices such as PDAs and hand-held tablets for remote monitoring and control of pool and spa functions.
Automatic pool and spa control systems also allow you to eliminate over- or under-dosing the sanitizer level in the water and can help you reduce energy costs by operating some functions at off-peak hours when energy is less expensive.
Depending on the model, automatic pool and spa control systems can also be interfaced with home automation systems that control the home's indoor and outdoor lights, heating, air conditioning and home alarm system for a totally integrated, centralized control system.
More ideas on how to automate your pool or spa are available online at www.poolcouncil.ca or toll-free at 1-800-879-7066.
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