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Aquamatic Introduces Artpoolcover Printed Pool Covers

Unique and Personalized Photo Pool Covers from Aquamatic Cover Systems


Printed Pool Cover

Above: Aquamatic Cover Systems’ exclusive Artpoolcover in Water #4 installed on a pool in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Aquamatic Cover Systems, manufacturer of hydraulic swimming pool covers, has recently partnered with Artpoolcover, a European company specializing in safety pool covers, to bring their innovative imprinted pool covers to the U.S., Canadian, and Central American markets.

Imprinted with graphic images and playful designs, Artpoolcover printed covers offer an artistic and personalized way to cover your pool. They can be used in conjunction with Aquamatic’s EZ-Cover and Hydramatic swimming pool cover systems, and come in more than 140 patterns and themes, ranging from nature to sports to fabric and even candy. (Visit www.artpoolcover.com to view the collection of available designs.)

Personalized Photos

For a truly one-of-a-kind look, you can have your own photo printed on the cover. “We have a client in Hawaii that wants to install his cover with a photo he took of the Pacific Ocean,” says Tom Dankel, owner of Aquamatic Cover Systems.

Dankel mentions another pool owner in Colorado who plans to take a picture of his deck and have the pattern printed on a pool cover, camouflaging the cover as part of the deck.

In order to have your photo printed on a pool cover, the photo must be taken from a 15 MP camera at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi using a JPEG/GIF format.

Installation and Maintenance

Artpoolcover printed covers can be installed on virtually any shape or type of inground pool and require the same maintenance and care as a regular pool cover. The imprinted design will last the life of the cover—typically five to seven years—and the cover can safely be cleaned with mild soap, water, and a nonabrasive brush.

Contact Aquamatic Cover Systems for more information.

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6 Tools That Make Pool Care Easy

Automatic Pool Equipment for Easy Maintenance



Routine maintenance is a necessary part of pool ownership—and it’s easier than you think. Thanks to technological advances in swimming pool equipment, pool care has become more simple, convenient, and efficient than ever. Here are six pool tools that will make taking care of your pool a quick and easy process.

1. Automatic Pool Cleaner


Automatic pool cleaners automate the otherwise manual task of removing dirt, leaves, and other debris from the pool. There are different types of automatic pool cleaners and most manufacturers offer a variety of models to fit any swimming pool, budget, or lifestyle.


Sandshark Suction-side Pool Cleaner from Pentair

Suction-side pool cleaners are the least expensive option, ranging in price from $200 to $500. These cleaners attach to the suction (input) side of the pool’s filter system and suck up dirt and other fine particles and transfer them to the skimmer.


Some models come with a separate filter bag to keep large debris from building up in the skimmer basket while others contain features that remove algae. For instance, the foot pad on the Kreepy Krauly® SandShark™ (pictured at right) has rows of squeegee-like fins that wipe away dirt and debris from vinyl, gunite, or fiberglass surfaces as the unit moves across the pool’s floor.


Click to see more automatic pool cleaners from Pentair Aquatic Systems >>


Pentair Pressure-side Pool CleanerPressure-side pool cleaners use either the return (output) side of the pool’s circulation system or a separate booster pump with a dedicated water pressure line to move around the pool and draw up dirt and debris into its attached filter bag.


Pressure-side cleaners have a larger intake than suction-side cleaners and can handle both small and large debris. Most models have a tail that stirs up the pool water and helps filter out finer particles to the main drain. Models typically cost around $425 without a booster pump and approximately $900 with a booster pump.


Robotic pool cleaners contain their own filtering systems and are self-powered by solar energy, a rechargeable battery, or a water-safe cord plugged into a standard GFCI-protected outlet. Because they have two intake ports, robotic cleaners are efficient at sucking up small and large debris, from pollen and sand to leaves and small twigs.

Many cleaners will also dislodge dirt and grime from the pool’s floor, walls, stairs, and waterline tile using built-in rotating brushes or powerwashing jets.


Robotic pool cleaners cost more than other automatic cleaners, with basic models starting at $1,190 and higher-end versions running as high as $3,350; however, they offer the most convenient and efficient cleaning process.


How to choose the right automatic pool cleaner model for your pool >>





2. Automatic Pool Covers


Automatic Pool Cover Installed on Freeform PoolThe simple addition of an automatic pool cover provides major maintenance benefits: Covering your pool between swim sessions not only keeps your pool cleaner longer by blocking out dirt and debris; it also prolongs the need to replenish water and chemicals by stopping the evaporation process.


Most automatic pool cover systems consist of a rectangular vinyl cover that fits into tracks permanently installed along the sides of the pool.


These cover systems can be installed in a variety of ways to fit any type and shape pool or design aesthetic: the tracks can be mounted into the pool deck, installed under the pool coping or in the pool wall for a seamless look, or mounted under a slightly raised rectangular or cantilevered deck to accommodate freeform pool shapes and vinyl-liner or fiberglass pools.


Above: This automatic cover by Cover-Pools, Inc., is able to accommodate a freeform pool with a built-in spa and water feature. View more automatic pool cover installations by Cover-Pools, Inc. >>


HydraLux White Slat Automatic Pool Cover

Right: The HydraLux cover from Aquamatic Cover Systems (right) is a trackless automatic pool cover system composed of interlocking PVC slats that float on the water’s surface. The cover deploys from a flooded vault installed behind the pool wall or in the pool floor and each slat is individually cut to fit the exact length and contour of the pool. The trackless design allows for installation on the most complex or limited pool shapes.


See more photos and watch a video of the HydraLux pool cover in action >>




3. Chlorine Feeders


Chlorine feeders, also called erosion feeders and chlorinators, hold several chlorine sticks or tablets (trichlor) and continuously dispense a stream of chlorine as the pool water passes through the feeder and slowly dissolves the tablets.


Chlorine feeders are available as a floating dispenser or an automatic chemical feeder that is plumbed into the pool’s filter system. Most automatic chemical feeders feature a regulation valve or dial that lets you adjust the feed rate to meet your pool’s specific needs.



Salt Chlorinator for Pool from Pentair Aquatic Systems
4. Salt Chlorinators


While saltwater pools still contain chlorine, they produce and disperse the chlorine automatically via a salt chlorinator or salt chlorine generator. Instead of using sticks or tablets of chlorine, salt chlorinators use pounds of sodium chloride (salt) to indirectly chlorinate the pool water. At startup, and typically a few more times throughout the season, several bags of salt are added to the pool. As the salt-infused pool water passes through the chlorinator, an electrolytic cell inside the device converts the salt in the water to chlorine before it re-enters the pool. Once the pool is effectively sanitized, the chlorine converts back to salt and the process starts over.


Check out automatic chlorine feeders and salt chlorinators from Pentair Aquatic Systems >>




5. Digital Test Strip Reader

AquaChek Digital Test Strip Reader

Digital test strip kits make maintaining balanced water chemistry an easy and straightforward task.


After a test strip has been placed in a water sample, a digital test strip reader will automatically compare the reacted color blocks on the test strip against the color chart pre-loaded inside the device and translate the reading into numerical results, displaying the current levels of sanitizer, pH, and total alkalinity in the water on an LCD screen.


Photo courtesy of Hach Company/ETS Business Unit AquaChek




6. Floating Pool Sensors

GAME ePool Floating Pool SensorFloating pool sensors take digital water chemistry a step further. These wireless systems consist of a floating pool sensor that analyzes the water’s chemistry and transmits the results to an indoor display unit. This makes it simple and convenient to check the pool’s chemistry levels at any time without walking outside to the pool.

GAME ePool Water Chemistry MonitorThe floating sensor continuously monitors the water’s chemical levels, and if they become unbalanced, the indoor unit will register the exact chemicals and dosage that the water needs. In addition, the indoor unit monitors the temperature of the pool so you’ll know when it’s time to turn up the heater.


Photos courtesy of Great American Merchandise and Events



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Q+A: What to Look for in a Safety Pool Cover

Safety Pool Covers: Types, Materials, and Installation








Loop-Loc Mesh Safety Pool Cover

The month of May marks the start of pool season for many homeowners across the country. It also marks National Water Safety Month, a joint effort by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), the American Red Cross, the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) and the World Waterpark Association (WWA) to educate the public on safe water practices in all types of swimming environments.

In honor of National Water Safety Month, we spoke with LeeAnn Donaton-Pesta, President and CEO of Loop-Loc, Ltd., to learn what to look for in a safety pool cover to ensure ultimate protection.

PoolSpaOutdoor.com: How long have you been working in the pool industry and how did you get started?

LeeAnn Donaton-Pesta, Loop-Loc, Ltd.: I’ve been working in the swimming pool industry for 20 years. My father, Bill Donaton, was the co-inventor of the safety swimming pool cover and started Loop-Loc in 1978 with five employees. He was instrumental in bringing safety to the forefront for consumers and dedicated his entire career to making the highest quality safety cover on the market. In 1993 my father asked me to join the Loop-Loc team, and I have been proudly serving as President and C.E.O. since 2001.


PSO: What makes a pool cover a safety cover?

LDP: There is a big difference between a standard pool cover and a safety pool cover. A typical solid vinyl pool cover is little more than a tarp to put over your pool—it does not prevent children or pets from gaining access to the pool. For a pool cover to be a safety cover, it must conform to the Standard Performance Specification [F1346 – 91] set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). According to the ASTM, a safety cover must be able to support 485 pounds, not permit gaps that a child or pet could squeeze through, and remove standing water.


PSO: What types of safety covers are available?

LDP: Safety covers are available in mesh material and in solid material. It is important to note that different manufacturers use different grades and types of mesh and solid material in their manufacturing. LOOP-LOC utilizes a superior super dense mesh fabric which allows water to drain through while blocking virtually all sunlight. Our mesh fabric also has 87 percent black yarns for better U.V. stability. Our exclusive solid material is proprietary to Loop-Loc and is made of 100 percent polypropylene solid material; this fabric allows for ease of use, is recyclable, and ultra-sturdy. Other types of solid covers available in the market are manufactured using a vinyl type fabric which tends to stretch out and become brittle over time.


See photos and learn more about Loop-Loc safety swimming pool covers >>


PSO: What should pool owners consider when deciding between a mesh cover and a solid cover?

LDP: Mesh covers do have one safety advantage: they do not permit water to collect. In order to meet safety cover performance standards, solid covers must provide for the elimination of standing water.

Solid safety covers are usually available in two versions: one with mesh panels that allow water to drain through, and an all-solid version that should always be sold with an automatic cover pump. The pump must be used at all times in order to maintain the safety of the cover and meet the ASTM standards. Ultimately, though, the choice between a mesh or solid safety cover is up to the preference of the user.


PSO: There are a variety of pool safety covers on the market. How can a homeowner be sure they’re buying a quality safety cover?

LDP: The safety of the cover entirely depends on the quality of its manufacturing and materials, which include the threading on the cover as well as the straps and springs. At Loop-Loc, we live by and are motivated by the banners my dad hung in the building the day Loop-Loc opened, which read, “The quality of the cover you make today can save a life tomorrow.”

We pride ourselves on using some of the highest quality materials available to ensure safe, long-lasting covers. We use double perimeter webbing and double-thick straps, along with extremely high-strength 302/304 stainless steel springs.

Loop-Loc also uses a multi-passed white bonded polyester sewing thread that is 30 percent stronger than what is typically used throughout the industry. This thread produces a higher margin of safety in all seams and ensures durability. As we hand inspect ever pool cover, the contrasting white thread also allows our inspectors to instantly see if a single stitch was missed in the manufacturing process.

It’s also important that safety cover manufacturers not only meet the ASTM standard F1346-91 for manual safety covers, but also follow up with the outside testing agencies that perform all of the actual tests listed in the ASTM guideline, such as Underwriters Laboratories (known as U.L.).

At Loop-Loc, we are so proud of the safe, high-quality cover that we manufacture that we went the extra step to confirm that we not only meet, but also exceed the guidelines set forth for safety swimming pool covers, earning Loop-Loc the U.L. seal of approval.

Safety pool covers must be measured to exact specifications to ensure proper fitPSO: What are the installation requirements for safety pool covers?

LDP: Safety covers must be measured to exact specifications in order to ensure proper fit. Rectangular pools are usually measured by overall width and length, while formfit [freeform] pools and pools with raised wall areas and special treatments need to be AB measured, which is a form of triangulation.

Swimming pool professionals are trained to take exact measurements of your swimming pool to ensure that the cover you receive meets all of the ASTM safety standards. For example, you would never put a rectangle safety cover over a formfit type swimming pool. This scenario would create too much material lying directly on the deck around the swimming pool which can cause excess and extreme wear over a matter of months. A rectangle cover over a formfit pool will also not get the proper tensioning required to maintain safety standards.

Once the pool is measured properly, the second most important requirement for safety covers is the actual installation of the cover. Swimming pool professionals are trained as to how far back and between the anchors must be placed in order to ensure proper tensioning.

PSO: How can a pool owner tell if their safety cover is properly installed?

LDP: When a cover is installed properly it should lie flat across the swimming pool, like a trampoline. It is important for the safety cover to have proper overlap, which is the distance the cover extends past the swimming pool coping and onto the deck. The general rule for overlap is 12 inches to 15 inches, but that can vary on larger or commercial type swimming pools. Too little overlap will not give the cover the proper stability, and excessive overlap can cause premature wear. Also, when a cover is reinstalled after the summer it is important to remember to re-adjust all springs so that there is proper tensioning during the winter months.

PSO: Are there any steps or precautions homeowners should take to ensure the quality and longevity of their safety cover?

LDP: It’s important to do a lot of research. Not all safety covers are the same, and the safety of the cover entirely depends on the quality of its materials and manufacturing. It is also important to remember that proper tensioning of the cover, along with keeping your water levels at the manufacturer’s recommended level at all times will ensure a longer lasting cover. When storing the cover in the summer, be sure to use the storage bag provided and to hang it high up and off of the ground, in a shed or other storage area. (Leaving the cover on the ground can allow for small rodents to crawl inside the cover and start eating away at the material of the cover.)

PSO: How long should a safety pool cover last?

LDP: In general, a safety cover will last an average of 10 to 15 years.

View more photos and watch videos of Loop-Loc safety covers >>

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Photos courtesy of Loop-Loc, Ltd.


About the Expert: LeeAnn Donaton-Pesta has held management positions at LOOP-LOC, Ltd., since 1993 and has proudly served as president/CEO since 2001. Over this time, she has continued her company’s leadership in pool safety, overseeing major product line expansions, including Loop-Loc Luxury in-ground liners, and the introduction of new, patented technology. Under her leadership, LOOP-LOC has sold safety pool covers on every continent except Antarctica.Today Loop-Loc has close to 300 employees who are dedicated to manufacturing the highest quality safety swimming pool covers and in-ground luxury liners. All of Loop-Loc's products are made in the U.S.A. at the company's headquarters in Hauppauge, New York.




Top 5 Pool Products for 2013

Must-Have Pool Products for Fun, Fitness, and Faster Maintenance






Today’s high-tech pool equipment and accessories can boost your pool’s fun factor, improve your fitness level, and make pool care a breeze. Enjoy a great swim season this summer with the help of these top 5 pool products.

1. Swim Current Generators


Stream by Swim Ex Portable Swim Current GeneratorA swim current generator can maximize your pool’s fitness factor. This portable, self-contained unit sits at the edge of your pool and produces a smooth adjustable current that you can swim in place against for a low-impact, high calorie-burning workout.

With a swim current generator you can enjoy continuous swimming without the interruption of flip turns or risk of injury. They can be used in aboveground and inground pools of any shape, size, and depth and are especially great for small or oddly shaped pools that are not conducive for swimming laps.

Variable speed settings offer a range of current paces to suit swimmers of any age or fitness ability. You can also swim laps, jog, or walk in place while the rest of your family relaxes and enjoys the pool.

The new Stream by SwimEx is a convenient swim current generator that operates via a rechargeable battery and requires no installation or setup.

Check out swim generator photos and videos of Stream by SwimEx >>


Photo courtesy of SwimEx


2. Automatic Pool Covers


Cover-Pools Automatic Cover on Freeform PoolAn automatic pool cover retracts open and slides closed over your pool via a motor-driven track system that is permanently mounted along the length of your pool. Most automatic pool covers operate at the push of a button or turn of a key and can be installed on any type or shape pool, old or new, and indoors or out. Additionally, the track system can be mounted on top of your pool’s existing deck, under the coping, or seamlessly built into your pool’s design during construction for an aesthetically pleasing look.

Using a pool cover can significantly reduce your pool’s energy consumption and operating cost by minimizing the evaporation of heat, water, and chemicals. A pool cover also helps prevent dirt and debris from entering the water so your pool stays cleaner longer and requires less frequent skimming and vacuuming. This also reduces the workload on your pool’s circulation system and equipment.

In order to reap all the energy, money, and time savings, however, you need to keep your pool covered between uses. Automatic pool covers make it quick and easy to cover your pool when it’s not in use.

View more automatic pool cover photos and videos from Cover-Pools, Inc. >>


Photo courtesy of Cover-Pools, Inc.


3. Control Systems


Easy Touch Automatic Pool Control System

Swimming pool control systems allow you to manage all of your pool and/or spa equipment with the push of a button. Daily pool operations such as filtration, sanitation, and cleaning cycles are programmed or activated from a wireless, easy-to-use control panel located outdoors or inside your home. Most pool control systems can manage an unlimited number of pool equipment and features, including pumps, heaters, waterfalls, pool and landscape lighting, fountains, and more.

Additionally, some manufacturers offer optional remote controls, such as a spa-side remote or handheld wireless remote so you can operate equipment from anywhere in your yard. Automated pool control systems are available in various configurations, including pool only, spa only, pools and spas with shared equipment, and custom pools and spas with separate equipment.

With everyday pool operations on autopilot, you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy your pool. In addition, having automated control over your filter pump’s run time can help you save energy and money. For instance, when manually operating your pool, you’re probably running your filter during the day (between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.) when demand for electricity is at its highest. What’s more, chances are you’ve forgotten to turn off the filter on more than one occasion.

With an automated control system, you can set your filter pump to run during off-peak hours (before 1 p.m. or after 9 p.m.) and for the minimum duration. (Note: Time requirements for filtering depend on pool size, bather load, equipment, and amount of debris. Generally, filter operation should be no less than 4 – 5 hours.)

Learn about automatic pool control systems from Pentair Aquatic Systems >>


Photo courtesy of Pentair Aquatic Systems


4. Pool Waterslides


Fiberglass Pool Waterslide by Dolphin WaterslidesThere’s no doubt your swimming pool provides countless hours of fun and excitement for you and your family, but there’s nothing quite like the thrill of zipping down a pool slide and splashing into the water. From stand-alone units with a straight or corkscrew runway to custom built-ins that zig and zag around landscaping or take riders through a cave waterfall, there are a variety of waterslide options to fit every swimming pool.

Fiberglass pool waterslides have become a common choice among homeowners due to their durability, low maintenance, and customization. Pre-designed models are available in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes and can typically accommodate any pool design or decking allocations. If you can’t find the exact waterslide you’re looking for, the majority of fiberglass waterslide manufacturers will work with you and your pool builder to create a custom slide that’s just right for your pool, family, and thrill-seeking needs.

See more photos and videos of fiberglass waterslides from Dolphin Waterslides >>


Photo courtesy of Dolphin Waterslides/Creative Rock Formations


5. Robotic Pool Cleaners


Spend more time enjoying your pool with a robotic cleanerWant to spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning? Replace your manual pool vacuum with a robotic pool cleaner. A robotic pool cleaner is a type of automatic pool cleaner that is driven by an electric motor, which can be powered by batteries, solar energy, or a low voltage water-safe cord plugged into a GFCI-protected outlet. The self-contained unit roves around the pool, sucking up dirt, leaves, and finer particles and transferring them into an attached filter bag; some models feature rotating brushes or rollers that scrub surfaces.

Pentair Automatic Pool CleanerThe majority of robotic pool cleaners contain a microchip that allows you to program the cleaner’s route for effective and efficient cleaning, though most pools can be cleaned in about one to two hours. Some models come with a remote control for easy spot cleaning.

The perks of a robotic pool cleaner go beyond not having to manually clean your swimming pool: Because a robotic pool cleaner does not hook up to your pool pump or filter, it reduces the use of your pool’s circulation systems, which lowers energy costs and extends the life your pump and filter.

Check out automatic pool cleaners from Pentair Aquatic Systems >>


Photo courtesy of Pentair Aquatic Systems

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Why You Need a Pool Cover Pump for Your Winter Cover

Pool Cover Pumps







Wayne Automatic Pool Cover PumpFor many pool owners around the country, the month of October signifies pool-closing season, which means it’s time to winterize and cover your swimming pool until spring. Closing your pool for the winter is necessary to protect the structure against damage from freezing water as well as keep it as clean as possible until the next season.

Once your pool is winterized and covered, there is still one more bit of maintenance you’ll have to perform: preventing water and debris from accumulating on the cover.

Fallen leaves, rain, and snow regularly collect on your pool cover throughout fall and winter (and even early spring) and can cause the cover to collapse or sink if too much weight builds up. Additionally, salts and other pollutants in the water can break down the fibers in the cover. A pool cover pump quickly and effectively removes excess water from your winter pool cover, helping to prevent damage and possible replacement. Pool cover pumps are available in manual or automatic operation.


Manual Pool Cover Pumps

Manual pool cover pumps, which are less expensive, need to be physically turned on after a rain shower or when a large puddle of water has collected on the pool cover and then manually turned off. Automatic pool cover pumps are operated by a water-sensing microprocessor which detects when water has accumulated on the cover and automatically starts the operation of the pump to remove the water; the pump turns off once the water reaches below a certain level.


Wayne Pool Cover PumpAutomatic Pool Cover Pumps

Automatic pool cover pumps provide worry-free, efficient operation and extend the life of the pump because it only works when it has to. “It also gives the homeowner the freedom to leave the pool cover pump unattended, without the need to plug it in or turn it on and off, greatly reducing the time and fuss of pool cover maintenance,” said Matt Dempsey, Sales Director at WAYNE Water Systems, a leading manufacturer of residential water handling systems. The company recently introduced the Wayne® Pool Cover Pump which senses freezing conditions, and turns the pump off to prevent damage in the case of ice build-up. Included with the product is a check valve, to prevent water from running back into the pump, which causes unnecessary cycling, and a unique positioning rope to help properly position the pump at the lowest spot on the pool cover. “These safeguards and the accessories included make this a smart investment for homeowner’s looking to reduce pool maintenance,” says Dempsey.




Photos courtesy of Wayne Water Systems

Pool Cover Savings


Safety Pool Cover from LOOP-LOC, Ltd.By using a pool cover, you'll not only save money, but also...

Energy
– According the U.S. Department of Energy, the largest source of energy loss in a swimming pool is evaporation. Using a pool cover on indoor and outdoor pools reduces evaporation by 30 – 50 percent.

Time
– Since a pool cover blocks dirt, leaves, and other debris from getting in the pool, you’ll spend less time skimming, sweeping, and scooping them out.

Equipment
– A clean pool reduces the workload on your filter and cleaning system, reducing the need for replacement or costly repairs.

Chemicals
– Using a pool cover reduces the use of chemicals by 35 – 60 percent. 

Heat
– By keeping your pool covered, you’ll save 50 – 70 percent on pool heating costs.


To find quality pool cover companies recommended by Pool & Spa Outdoor please visit our Pool Covers Buyers’ Guide



Photo courtesy of LOOP-LOC, Ltd.





Pool Cover Specialists Promotes Safety & Conservation with Mobile Showroom


Pool Cover Specialists Mobile ShowroomPool Cover Specialists (PCS), an international automatic swimming pool cover manufacturer, launched their Mobile Showroom and Training Center on October 25, 2010. The custom-built van is now traveling the country promoting pool safety and energy conservation. 

 

"Pool owners need to know that there are potential solutions to help reduce drowning deaths and save energy in backyard pools, and I'm spending the next year traveling the country on a mission to inform consumers, dealers and distributors, that pool covers save lives, save energy, and save money," stated Randy Mathis, VP and Mobile STC project coordinator for PCS.

Mr. Mathis went on to say: "Look, the energy-saving information and proof is confirmed by studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy and others, and show that automatic swimming pool covers, create a win/win scenario for the consumer and the environment by saving pool owners as much as 83 percent on their pool heating costs. Automatic pool covers provide pool owners with multiple solutions: They help make a pool environmentally green by eliminating up to 93 percent of the water, chemical and heat loss associated with evaporation. And they create the most effective barrier protection available, by completely isolating the pool water from children, pets, and unauthorized individuals."

This ambitious undertaking has taken PCS months of planning and preparation and was made possible in part thanks to the support of some very large players in the pool industry, including ISPACA (International Swimming Pool and Automatic Cover Association), a pool cover industry advocate and association promoting pool safety and environmental responsibility. PCS has been officially designated by ISPACA as the association's "Traveling Ambassadors for Pool Safety and Energy Conservation.” In that role, PCS will have the opportunity to visit small towns and large cities across the country and talk with pool builders, local governments, consumers, and pool owners—both in person at special events and during live, local radio, and TV station interviews—about the importance of pool safety and the energy conservation or "green" benefits realized through the use of automatic swimming pool covers.


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