Technology is the leading force of change in our society. It’s hard to imagine that the first mechanical television was invented less than a hundred years ago. (NYU) The world has seen so many changes in technology in this last century. Humanity has gone from talking to people on a phone attached to the wall with a long cord to communicating with others from our wrist watches. People are able to watch multiple channels on television at the same time when just a few decades ago, there were only four main broadcasting stations. The size of computers continues to get smaller and their prices are more affordable. These changes in our daily lives are also evident in
the industries around us. The pool industry is constantly changing due to the evolving technologies available to pool designers, builders, pool techs, and pool owners.
One of the best and easily accessed technology that is affecting the pool industry is the internet. Pool companies are able to advertise their product to customers through visual representations of their previous projects on their websites. Customers are able to view different pool finishes, products, and pool advice quickly and easily on pool company websites. Consumers are able to read and find reviews for builders and products. Access to the web allows them to be more knowledgeable about the pool process before they ever reach out to a builder. This simple use of technology is allowing pool companies to advertise to a wider audience and provide guidance to their customers before, during and after their pool is complete.
Technology is changing the way pools are designed for pool clients. Designers are now able to use cutting edge interactive software to present their buyers with a three-dimensional representation of the pool that will be built in their own backyard. Some pool companies will hire a professional degreed interior designer to use AutoCAD to work on pool renderings. (Pool and Spa) Using these programs allows the designer to make changes on the rendering quickly and easily. This program can also help with the building of the actual pool because this program is used throughout the engineering industry. Although many companies use this technology, there are many that continue to provide their customers with hand rendered drawings as well. They use their experience with customers to determine which will adequately fit their client.
Pool builders can use two and three dimensional technology to make the excavation process more accurate. These programs can record depths, inclines, and ranges. This can allow the operator to work without having to make corrections in the process. This helps the builder by saving fuel, materials, and makes the process more time efficient.
Pool finishes are also an area that the pool industry is seeing advancements due to new technologies. In the 1980’s pool companies began to apply new colored aggregate, exposed aggregate and polished finishes in pools as part of the many plaster options available. Currently, the newest aggregates are much harder, creating a stronger, more durable finish. Quartz, pebble and glass beads, a variety of interesting additives add as much as 10 to 12 years to the life of a pool’s surface, as long as water chemistry is properly maintained. (American Pool) These long lasting pool finishes allowing homeowners to acquire different looks and water color for their pool plus have add additional life to their pool. Definitely a win for the consumer!
Pool builders want to provide customers with pools that are energy efficient and low maintenance. Builders have seen many new advances in this area in the last few years. Pool heaters have drastically shrunk in size and weight. Pool pumps are now using variable speed motors, so pumps are not having to run all day. These pumps allow the homeowner to control the pump’s speed, dialing it up when needed- to power water features or spa jets –
or down when their pool is not in use. Variable speed pumps can be connected to pool automation systems so they can program pump speed according to the client’s needs. Pumps are also available as an Energy Star Certified to help save even more to energy costs. (AHS)
Water chemistry and water treatment is another aspect that has seen many changes due to technology. Salt water systems were a huge improvement over older methods. More recently, pool builders have found that UV technology is an acceptable alternative to water sanitizing. (Aqua) UV systems use a strong UV light that destroys the algae, viruses, and bacteria that contaminate swimming pools. However, although these systems are new to the pool industry, they also need to be used with some amount of sanitizer to be efficient since they are only able to treat the water that flows through its contact chamber.
Pool owners are looking for more ways to enjoy their pool and technology is helping them. Cleaning a pool can take hours away from enjoying it. Robotic pool cleaners have become more and more popular. Many companies offer different models with different features and benefits. More advanced pool cleaners are actually installed into the floor of the pool. These in floor cleaning systems have low profile fixtures, similar to an automated sprinkler system, that pop up automatically to push all the debris down to the drain and out of the pool. (AHS)
Mobile technology is not just for texting anymore. According to the Pew Research Center, three quarters of Americans have a smartphone. (Aqua) Pool owners can use their mobile phones to help them maintain their pool. Their smartphones can now be used to help them maintain their water quality by reading the traditional water test strips by using a compatible test strip reader. Some pool water care systems, which monitor water chemistry, are now capable of transmitting useful and specific water parameter information to a computer, smartphone or tablet. There are also high-end systems, which allow remote adjustment of some chemical levels by using both a monitoring system and a salt chlorine generator, chemical feed pump, or other automatic chemical dispensing system. (Pool & Spa Marketing) In addition, pool owners can now throw away their multiple remotes and use phone applications to monitor daily pool operation, program variable-speed pumps, cleaners, lighting, waterfalls, and temperature control. These technologies have helped the industry by increasing efficiency and reducing the need for service calls.
Technology will continue to be an important aspect in expanding the pool industry. Currently, the pool industry is keeping pace with developments in technology. These developments will allow pool builders, pool maintenance companies, and pool owners to stay on the cusp of up and coming technologies. It will be interesting to watch and see how the pool industry will continue to use advancements in technology to help their companies and their customers enjoy quicker installations, more convenience, and easier upkeep on their investment.
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