Pool Remodeling the Environmentally Friendly Way
on: October 13, 2008, 4:48 am
Release Author: Aquavida
Release Summary: Aquavida Pool Remodeling specializes in swimming
pool remodeling and resurfacing,offering Eco-Friendly pool solutions.
Release Body: Green's the new black, as the fashionistas of the
world would say, and it's hitting the pool and spa runway full
force. Energy-saving, eco-friendly products are making their way
into the market, teasing dealers with trendier options and enticing
homeowners to save a buck or two — not to mention the Earth.
It's time to look into upgrading and revamping the pool and making
way for the next generation of "greener" pastures.
average age of pools we are remodeling is 15 to 20 years old,"
says Thomas Lopez, president of Aquavida Pools in
Phoenix. "At that point in time, they didn't really
offer any economical or efficient motors back then." But times
have changed, and repair-driven pool
remodels are now taking a backseat to lifting up the hood
and replacing what's inside - because you want to, not because
you have to.
remodeling can be costly, especially if moving toward a more
eco-friendly backyard. It's an investment, says Lopez, and one
that not everyone is able to make.
pool makeovers are a smaller part of the remodels
Aquavida Pools does, says Lopez, because of the
financial investment Green renovations can cost anywhere from
$1000 to $35,000, adds Lopez, depending on what's being done.
of the main consumer selling points of going green — besides
being more eco-friendly, of course — is the financial payback.
But the initial cost of the project can scare customers away from
green renovations. In today's unstable economy, customers may
have a hard time seeing beyond the bottom line and into the future.
For the consumer who has just started thinking about remodeling a pool, there is a good place
to start that doesn't break the bank. "Probably the most economical
approach is the basic industry-standard upgrade pump, an [energy
efficient motor]," suggests Lopez. "The armatures in
the motors consume less energy," adds Lopez, so at a minimum,
he recommends customers doing this upgrade.
for consumers who are able to put a little more investment into
their pool remodel, Lopez recommends a programmable
pump. While these pumps generally cost more than the standard
upgrade, their payback is well worth it.
Behind The Curtain
Micromanaging the pool through the use of a home automation system
has really taken off, and while it's more popular to the buying
public as a convenience, manufacturers are eagerly finding ways
for consumers to understand its energy-saving purpose, as well.
an automated system during the pool remodeling process
is a must have for the pool owner on the go. Time is a precious
commodity these days and an automated pool makes life that much
themselves add flexibility and automation to managing the pool,
even if people have got time clocks," says Lopez. "Whenever
you've got a proper pool controller, you can have multi-day or
weekend settings. You can have settings for different periods
of the year."
only does automation offer a finer, more optimized control of
pump speed, but it also allows "you to do a better job of
managing energy-efficient equipment.You claim more energy savings
from it, and at times, it's what actually enables the energy savings
in some of the other equipment.
Little upgrades also mean bigger savings. Lopez recommends owners
change over to LED lighting. The lights consume considerably less
power and they last a lot longer, not to mention, "you
probably have around a 80 percent savings in energy consumption
with LED lighting," he adds.
A simpler renovation suggestion is a programmable time clock.
Phoenix's swim season ends around the middle of October, says
Lopez, but he notes that customers with a typical Intermatic time
clock would still allow the pool to run on an eight-hour cycle,
even during the off-season.
when you have a programmable time clock, you are able to put two
program groups in it and set it to the exact day, so it will switch
from group A to B, meaning summer and winter," adds
Lopez. Oftentimes, Lopez groups the time clock with the standard
energy-efficient motor, inviting customers to start with a small,
yet affordable eco-friendly renovation.
when you look at the energy savings opportunity, that falls in
very nicely with the big push that's going on in the world at
large," says Lopez. "Everybody is paying attention
to the energy crisis. We aren't green for the sake of being green.
Everything is focused on the payback for the consumer. People
are looking for the payback."
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