Posts By: Hayward Poolside

Design the Perfect POOLSIDE Escape

We have launched a new and improved MyDreamPool.com to help inspire your dream back yard escape. At mydreampool.com, you can take the time to plan your budget, peruse the pool gallery, and design a virtual dream pool by selecting all the features a dream pool may have. You can choose from pool shape, landscaping, lighting, water features, pool controls, pool safety, and more. If you don’t know where to start, you can even gain inspiration by viewing all of the images in the pool gallery at once, or by navigating by region from the drop down menu, to view the pool designs specific to your area. We’ve noted a few things below to help get you started on designing your dream POOLSIDE escape. What You Need In Order To Design Your POOLSIDE Escape Escape, by definition, is an avoidance of reality. In order to truly escape, even for just a few hours, you need to have a pool, privacy, and a great smoothie. 1. Design Your Pool When it comes to designing your pool, you have to decide if you want a unique pool design, or just a simple standard pool design; a standard shaped pool or a free-formed pool. If you are one of those people who have a contoured backyard, then looking into a free-form pool will be in your best interest. Because it features curves instead of hard angles, a free-form pool usually has a more natural appearance and can blend into your landscape nicely. To really make your pool design unique, make sure to incorporate water features such as a natural waterfall, water jets with lights, or even a fountain in the center or end of your pool. 2. Create Privacy   After you have created your perfect pool, start thinking about what surrounds it. The one thing that remains the same throughout the year is our constant battle for privacy. Although you may put up a simple fence or divider, sometimes that just isn’t enough and sometimes it isn’t the most attractive feature you’d like to have in your backyard. Forget about that standard fence and upgrade to a different type of fencing such as those made from wood, PVC, or ornamental aluminum. You can even use gazebos, shrubs, or recreate walls that you’d like covered up in order to create a little privacy. As an added bonus, consider building a fire pit for those nights that get a little chilly. 3. Relax With Smoothies After your project is finally complete, all that is left to do is grab a healthy smoothie and prepare for your relaxing poolside escape. Best of all, you don’t have to deal with the enormous crowds that public attractions normally have when on vacation. It’s time to swim or soak your thoughts away. Don’t waste another second! Visit MyDreamPool.com and get started creating your perfect POOLSIDE escape. Subscribe in the blue box to the right to learn more tips and tricks for your POOLSIDE adventures!

Pool Designs To Inspire Your Back Yard Escape | My Dream Pool

It’s time to become inspired and design your truly unique backyard oasis with the new and improved MyDreamPool.com. Let us help you plan your budget and inspire your pool designs with our amazing photo gallery and virtual dream pool. How Can MyDreamPool.com Inspire Your Dream Pool Designs? When visiting MyDreamPool.com, you can learn all about the features a dream pool may have; you can choose from a variety of pool ideas including shapes, landscaping, lighting, water features, pool controls, pool safety, and more. The possibilities are virtually endless! You can also peruse the Dream Pool Gallery to gain inspiration for your own dream pool by viewing all of the images in the gallery at once, or navigate by region from the drop down menu, to view the pool designs specific to your area. Still need more inspiration for your pool designs? Take advantage of the Virtual Dream Pool by uploading a photo and designing a pool in your very own back yard. In just 4 simple steps, you can take a peek at what a dream pool could look like in your very own back yard. How To Navigate MyDreamPool.com Why Build a Dream Pool? Most of us decide to add or remodel our back yards as a way to inspire the ideal location to spend time with family and friends. We want our back yard to have everything you can possibly imagine so that there is not a dull moment when you are out there with everyone. No matter the season, you can create the perfect back yard to relax and enjoy yourself at any time of the year. While you can choose from a variety of standard pool designs, selecting your own features, is the only way you can ensure you end up with the pool design of your dreams. At MyDreamPool.com, you can visualize your in-ground dream pool, peruse the Dream Pool Gallery, and even build your Virtual Dream Pool. Creating a dream back yard escape has never been easier. Visit MyDreamPool.com and become inspired, today!

Safety Vacuum Release Systems (SVRS): The Latest in Pool Safety

The latest development in pool safety, Safety Vacuum Release Systems (SVRS) is found in your pool pump. Pool owners will want to consider adding a pump equipped with a safety vacuum release system to help prevent entrapment, which may result in serious injury or drowning. Why should you consider installing a Pump with SVRS? The drain(s) at the bottom of the pool works to supply water to the pool pump, where it is filtered. The pump draws the water into the drain through suction. If an object covers the drain, the pump continues to exert suction in an effort to draw water into the pump. Swimmers have been entrapped when their hair or other body part came into contact with the drain, with the potential of serious injury or death. A Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) helps prevent suction entrapment. Here’s how it works: SVRS monitors pool pump pressure. When a drain is blocked by an object, SVRS detects the change in pressure. In a stand-alone system, SVRS releases a vent, allowing the object to be released. In a pump equipped with the system, SVRS shuts the motor down, allowing the object to be released. If the trapped object is a person, SVRS may prevent injury and may even save a life. Safety recommendations to prevent suction entrapment A suction vacuum release system is a recommended safety feature for home pools and is required for all commercial swimming pools by the Pool & Spa Safety Act of 2007. The purpose of the Act is to prevent pool and spa drain entrapment. The Act requires all public pools and spas to have compliant drain covers and an additional anti-entrapment system, such as SVRS, when there is a single blockable drain. The National Swimming Pool Foundation offers additional information and resources from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about making pools and spas safer. CPSC safety guidelines have been referenced in many state and local building codes. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals has excellent information about drain cover safety and entrapment protection. One of their many helpful recommendations: “Never run your pump at higher speeds than the recommended maximum. High water velocity can contribute to suction entrapment.” Installing SVRS in your pool, spa or hot tub In ground pools, above ground pools, spas and hot tubs can be made safer with the simple addition of a suction vacuum release system. Hayward’s EcoStar SVRS variable speed pump offers pool owners the additional layer of suction entrapment protection. It is also the industry’s most energy efficient pump at any speed, saving up to 90% on energy costs over a single speed pump. No additional equipment, plumbing, or wiring is needed for the safety vacuum release system. Pumps with suction vacuum release systems are an excellent safety investment that are easy to install and are affordable as well. Contact your local Hayward authorized pool professional to learn more.

Energy Efficient Solutions for your Pool

Everyone enjoys the luxuries of a pool, but did you know there are many ways to an energy efficient pool, too? 5 Energy Efficient Solutions ENERGY STAR Variable-Speed Pool Pump — There are more than 5 million in-ground pools installed across America. A key component of each pool is the pool pump, which re-circulates water through the filter to maintain water clarity and hygiene. Many pool owners don’t realize how much energy it takes to run a pump, and therefore not much time is spent deciding which pump is truly right for them. Pool owners also may not realize that pool pump speeds should vary based on how the pool is being used. The use of a variable-speed pool pump gives you the option to run your pump at very low speeds during filtration and to operate your pools water features, cleaning equipment or heating at the specific speeds needed in order to create an energy efficient solution. An ENERGY STAR certified variable-speed pool pump, such as the EcoStar SVRS, could do just that and more. With Hayward’s family of variable-speed pumps, money flows back into your pocket. We carry the broadest line-up of ENERGY STAR rated variable-speed pumps in the industry. Our variable-speed pumps can even save you up to 90% on your pool energy costs. These pumps use less energy by allowing you to program specific operating speeds, automatically running at slower or faster speeds depending on your pool’s needs. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps save consumers thousands of dollars over their lifetime. They can often pay for themselves in as little as a single season as well as run more quietly and prolong the life of a pool’s filtering system. For the energy conscience pool owner, variable-speed pool pumps are the ultimate way to save energy. Robotic Pool Cleaners – Although there are many different types of pool cleaners in the market today, robotic pool cleaners are known as the most energy efficient pool cleaning technology*.  Robotic pool cleaners typically use less than 20% of the energy required by a pump to power a typical cleaner. By utilizing a robotic cleaner, such as the AquaVac 500, and reprogramming the pool equipment to filter pool water more efficiently, you may be able to save more energy and money. The AquaVac 500 Robotic Pool Cleaner comes equipped with a microprocessor-based program that determines the most efficient cleaning path possible where pool owners can simply select the cleaning frequency that best matches their pool debris load. Working independently of the pool filtration system, this robotic pool cleaner technology is the most energy efficient solution, using up to 94% less energy than most pressure pool cleaners. Pool Covers – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using a pool cover is one of the best energy efficiency solutions for your pool. One of the leading causes of losing water and energy in your pool is through evaporation.  The hotter the temperature in your climate, the more

The Variable-Speed Pump Trend

As clichés go, “going green” is a good one. But, let’s face it, within consumer markets, the environmentally-friendly frenzy is often overstated. Many so-called green products are often overpriced and/or ineffective. It’s no wonder we’ve become jaded by the green movement. But, escalating energy costs and social awareness are forcing us all to be more responsible. There are an estimated 1.2 million home swimming pools in Canada and more than 5 million in-ground residential pools in the U.S. (Beyond that, more than 60,000 new pools are built annually in the U.S. alone.) According to a 2008 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), pools in the US generate as much as $1.6 billion in energy costs per year. Pools, as a rule, can be expensive to operate. Luckily, pool owners can look to pool equipment manufacturers to help them reduce their costs and lower their carbon footprint. Pool pumps represent one of the most significant users of energy in pool owners’ homes. In fact, they are the often the second biggest contributor to energy costs, lagging only behind their heating and cooling costs — for the entire home. Single speed pumps, which tend to waste more energy because they are always (and unnecessarily) running at top speed, have traditionally been the big energy users. With the advent of variable speed pumps (VSPs), however, the movement is shifting. Pool equipment manufacturers are striving to design and manufacture hard-working, efficient products that will allow pools owners to run their pools efficiently. That means: environmentally-compliant equipment, with proven performance, built to last, that also dramatically lower operating costs. It is generally agreed that the greatest potential for pool owners to save on operating costs is to switch their single-speed pumps to a two-speed or — better yet — a variable-speed pump. The Multiple Movement Multiple speed pumps are by far the fastest growing segment within the pool product market. The Multiple Movement is definitely catching on. There are a number of drivers including, but not limited to: Education/Communication; Legislation; Monetary Motivation; Technology Trends. Education/Communication Media has played a big part in the increasing popularity of VSPs. When they first were introduced, five or six years ago, the media helped educate the market on the the potential energy and cost saving benefits of VSPs. Word of mouth was another strong factor in driving the VSP trend. Pool owners touted the energy and cost savings, which continued the momentum. Of course, the only thing that fuels a trend faster than word of mouth is social media. The popularity of variable speed pumps was given a huge boost by online media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. One of the biggest advocates for the energy saving features of VSPs is ENERGY STAR. This is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program designed to help businesses and individuals throughout North America save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.Recognizing that a key component of swimming pools’ energy consumption is the pool pump —

All About Salt Chlorination

Before pool chlorinators, it was necessary to handle and store harsh chlorination chemicals in order to keep your swimming pool clean and safe for everyone to use. Today, advancements in the pool industry bring us a simpler and safer alternative; Salt Chlorination. What is Salt Chlorination? Salt Chlorination is the natural and more convenient alternative sanitization method to traditionally harsh liquid or solid chemical chlorine. Hayward’s patented salt systems convert dissolved salt into just the right amount of chlorine, resulting in clean, clear, luxuriously soft water that is less work and worry for you—and your wallet. How Popular is Salt Chlorination? Nearly 1 million households worldwide have chosen to sanitize their pools with Hayward Salt Chlorination Systems. Salt satisfies 100% of your pool and spa’s sanitization needs, always leaving you with clean, clear, and luxuriously soft water without you lifting a finger. 4 Reasons to Choose a Salt Chlorinated Pool Saves up to 50% over traditional chlorine Water feels luxuriously soft and silky Easy to maintain Hayward’s reliable systems Reduces skin and eye irritation and won’t smell like chlorine Converting to a Salt Chlorinated Pool is Easy With salt chlorination, you can get all the benefits of a conventional chlorinated pool – clean, clear water – without the negative side-effects, like chemical odors and irritated skin and eyes. Instead of using chemical chlorine to sanitize your pool, salt chlorine generators work by converting conventional salt into chlorine – it’s as simple as that! Here’s how it works: Salt is added to the pool, and then pumped through an electrolytic cell where it’s converted to chlorine and then pumped back into the pool. The result is a clean, clear, luxuriously soft water that is less work and worry for you – and your wallet. How Do I Maintain A Salt Chlorinated Pool? As with any pool, you need to check pH, alkalinity, hardness and chlorine levels on a regular basis. Most pool retail stores will perform this test for you at no charge. Salt chlorination, which does not vary much, should be also be checked regularly, but this may be done every other month or so. Again, many stores will perform this test at no charge. If you are the Do-It-Yourself type, many different test kits are available for at home use. Depending on the use of your pool, you may need to adjust your salt chlorinator’s chlorine production to a higher or lower output level to keep the chlorine level where it needs to be. If there have been a large number of swimmers in the pool, if you have had heavy rain or if the pool water is cloudy, you can put the chlorinator into “Super Chlorinate” mode where it will automatically generate the maximum amount of chlorine for the next 24 hour period. Salt Cells should be inspected for calcium build up about every 500 hours of use (our systems have a “Check Cell” LED light will illuminate every 500 hours to be used as a reminder) and

Using Hayward Genuine Parts to Achieve Superior Pool Performance

The equipment that runs your pool is important to keeping it enjoyable, clean, and safe for your family. You can achieve superior pool performance by using Hayward products, including Hayward genuine parts. Hayward designs and produces the most technologically advanced pool equipment in the world. We have engineered innovative products such as AquaRite, the world’s #1 salt chlorinator and EcoStar variable speed pump, the most efficient pump at any speed. Original Hayward equipment is engineered to work with original Hayward parts. Take advantage of the full potential and value of our products by using Hayward genuine parts. 3 Reasons to Choose Hayward Genuine Parts 1. Hayward genuine parts are the best choice because they were designed and manufactured as part of the original Hayward equipment. Specific materials and production processes used for manufacturing our parts play a critical role in proper function and durability. Our quality teams regularly inspect all parts to ensure they fit, function and last as originally designed which means years of unmatched performance and value. Too good to be true? True Story: When a customer purchased a generic part for their Hayward CL200 chlorinator, they received an unpleasant surprise. The generic o-ring they purchased was made of ordinary rubber, instead of the advanced material used in the Hayward genuine part. The inferior part failed and the family missed out on prime pool time while the problem was being diagnosed and solved. 2. Hayward offers the best consumer service network of any pool product company, hands down. We support you with informative product literature, apps, energy calculators, online tutorials and videos, and a 24-hour product support center. “The Hayward Tech” is also available to personally answer your questions on Facebook. In addition, Hayward dealers are trained and knowledgeable in every aspect of our products. They will ensure that you get the best products, service and support in the industry. 3. Hayward engineers and produces the finest pool products anywhere. We work hard to ensure your pool equipment and parts will maintain your pool’s efficient and economical operation, as well as extend the life of your investment. Our knowledge, quality and dedicated people are the foundation of our business and the reason for our success. The products that heat, clean, light, chlorinate and control your pool should be able to meet the heavy demands of clean water flow. Why reduce your pool equipment’s effectiveness by replacing the original parts with substandard generic parts? Hayward rugged equipment is engineered to work hard so you don’t have to. Be sure to choose Hayward genuine parts to guarantee superior pool performance.