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5 Haute Patio Heaters

Stylish Outdoor Heaters to Warm Up Your Patio

Stylish Patio Heaters
Patio heaters are becoming a popular outdoor heating choice thanks to their large heat output—most models can heat from six to 20 feet in diameter—and ability to extend your outdoor entertaining season a few extra months or even year-round.

Along with their growing popularity, patio heaters have expanded in design and now come in an array of placement, style, and fuel options, including decorative gas heaters that look like interior lamps and sleek wall-mounted electric heaters that keep your patio warm and open.

Whether you want to entertain family and friends on a chilly summer night, host a backyard tailgate party in the fall, or expand your holiday festivities to the patio or terrace, here are some stylish patio heater options to keep your outdoor room cozy and chic in cool weather.

Photo courtesy of B. Gordon Builders Inc.

Freestanding Gas Patio Heaters

Gas patio heaters, which use propane or natural gas, are easy and convenient options to heat your outdoor area. These chic patio heaters from Kindle Living provide an attractive alternative to the typical stainless steel standby. Plus, they’re made from eco-friendly materials!

Stylish Patio Heater with Lamp DesignResembling an oversize table lamp, this patio heater from Kindle Living adds whimsical warmth and mood lighting to outdoor gatherings.

Available in both natural gas and propane operation, this freestanding heater features a battery-powered light base that can be used independent of the heater and illuminated in any of seven colors. Its classic silhouette makes it a beautiful complement to any style setting, be it traditional or modern.

Natural Gas Patio Heater with Lamp ShadeThough slim in design, this natural gas-powered patio heater supplies powerful heat performance. As heat radiates from the burner flame, it is enclosed in the fireproof shade and directed downward, wrapping bystanders in a soft and pleasant warmth.

Paired with a smooth shade (pictured), this sleek and sophisticated patio heater harmonizes well with contemporary venues.

Combo Patio Heater Lamp
Featuring a gently curved base with vertical ribbing (and hidden propane tank), this posh combo patio heater/lamp exudes style and personality. Its graceful design meshes perfectly with the casual charm of a coastal cottage, yet works equally well in formal or modern environments.

It’s versatile in function too: along with providing heat and light, an optional cocktail table accessory (not shown) can be placed over the base of the heater to hold drinks or snack plates when entertaining or lounging by the pool.

(Editor's Note: Natural gas and propane heaters are safe for outdoor use only. NEVER place or use a gas or propane heater indoors or in an enclosed area.)

Photos courtesy of Kindle Living

Wall/Ceiling-Mounted Electric Patio Heaters

Pergola with Electric Patio Heaters
If you’re looking for a more subtle way to heat your patio, then an electric patio heater may be your best option. The quartz infrared electric patio heaters from Infratech can be mounted to a wall or ceiling—and custom colored to match—to warm up your outdoor space without interfering with its décor.

The electric heaters contain quartz heating elements that emit a medium wavelength of light that transfers heat directly to nearby objects—such as a person, table, or floor—rather than heating the air, providing a comfortable and quick warmth.

An electric heater was bracket mounted to the wooden beams of a pavilion to keep this veranda cozy in cool weather without detracting from the pleasant setting.

Photo courtesy of B. Gordon Builders Inc.

Outdoor Room with Electric Heaters Mounted in CeilingBecause electric heaters do not produce heat by combustion, they require less clearance than gas heaters and can be used in enclosed patio areas.

To complement its contemporary design, six Infratech heaters were flush mounted into the ceiling of this outdoor room, making it usable year-round. The heaters are configured to a solid-state control system which allows the homeowners to vary their output with the current climate.

Photo courtesy of Infratech

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7 Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Recipes: 7 Tasty Side Dishes

By Patti Plummer

Thanksgiving is a holiday about being thankful for all the good things in our lives, and what better way to celebrate that happiness than by serving family and friends a bountiful feast, complete with all their favorite dishes—plus some new ones.

Here are seven Thanksgiving side dish recipes guaranteed to become Turkey Day must-haves after just one taste.

Holiday Brat Stuffing

Serves 12Brat sausage stuffing Thanksgiving side dish recipe

1 package (19 ounces) JOHNSONVILLE® Brats, casings removed
1/2 cup butter
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
12 cups unseasoned bread stuffing, cubed
1 tsp. rubbed sage
2 tbs. poultry seasoning
2 eggs, lightly beaten
6 cups chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, brown and cook crumbled sausage until no longer pink. Drain. Remove from skillet; set aside. In the same skillet, melt butter and sauté onion, celery and green pepper until tender.

In an extra large mixing bowl, combine sausage, vegetable mixture, bread stuffing and seasonings.
Add eggs and broth; toss gently. Salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into a buttered 3 to 4 quart baking dish.
Cover with foil and bake at 325° for 60 minutes.

Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Check internal temperature with a meat thermometer, it should read 165°F when done.

Recipe and image courtesy of Johnsonville Sausage

Root Vegetable Chipotle Cheddar Gratin
By Chef Brandt Evans

Root Vegetables Chipolte Cheddar gratin potato thanksgiving recipeServes 8

1 large butternut squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, halved, seeded
2 large sweet potatoes (about 3/4 pound each), peeled
1 medium rutabaga (about 2 pounds), peeled, halved
2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar Cheese*
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
*Or use a Wisconsin Chipotle Cheddar or Chipotle Jack Cheese.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Using a mandoline, slice squash and potatoes lengthwise 1/8 inch thick. Slice rutabaga crosswise 1/8 inch thick.

Spray 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange half the potatoes in dish, overlapping slightly; add layer of cheese (half the cheese). Season with salt and pepper. Top with half the rutabaga and squash, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper. Repeat layering. Pour broth over all.

Cover tightly with foil; bake 1 hour until vegetables are almost tender when pierced. Remove foil and pour cream over gratin. Bake 30 minutes longer, uncovered, until liquid has thickened.

Preheat broiler. Mix panko crumbs and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle over gratin. Broil 3 inch from heat 2 minutes or until golden, rotating for even browning. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes.

Recipe and image courtesy of ©2013 Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

Cheddar and Hickory-Smoked Bacon Cornbread

By Chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart Zazu Restaurant, Sonoma, CA

Cheddar hickory smoked bacon cornbread Thanksgiving recipeServes 6 - 8

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, preferably aged, grated
8 ounces bacon, diced small, fried until fat is rendered and drained
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup corn oil
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 9-inch square baking dish or cast iron skillet with nonstick spray. In medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, cheese, bacon, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine milk, oil, and eggs. Add to cornmeal-flour mixture and stir just until blended. Do not overmix.

Pour into prepared baking dish and bake until golden and springs back when touched, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Recipe and image courtesy of ©2013 Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

Sweet Potato Fries with Guacamole

Sweet potato fries with guacamole Thanksgiving side dish recipeServes 4

4 medium-size sweet potatoes or yams (about 1-1/2 pounds), peeled, cut into long sticks, 1/4-inch wide*
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. salt, divided
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
2 large ripe fresh Hass Avocados, seeded and peeled
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced, more or less to taste
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 450° F. Spray 2 (12”x17”) baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, toss sweet potato sticks with oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, the chili powder and crushed red pepper (if using) until thoroughly coated. On prepared baking sheets, spread sweet potatoes in a single layer. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool slightly.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, with a fork, mash avocado with lime juice, jalapeño, green onions and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Serve sweet potato fries warm with guacamole for dipping.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Recipe and image courtesy of the Hass Avocado Board

Baked Potato with Cranberry Dip

Baked potato with cranberry dip Thanksgiving side dish recipeServes 4

4 large floury potatoes (each 300 g)
6 tbs. olive oil
40 g dried cranberries
1 ripe avocado (e.g. Hass)
1 tbs. lemon juice
250 g cottage cheese

Wash potatoes and dry them. Rub each potato with 1 tablespoon of oil and salt and lay them on a baking tray. Bake them in a preheated oven at 180 degrees (convection heat is not recommended) on the bottom third of the oven for 1 ½ hours.

15 minutes before the end of the baking time, prepare the cranberry dip. Coarsely chop up the cranberries. Cut the avocado in half, remove the core and scoop out the fruit flesh with a spoon. Cut the fruit flesh into ½ cm sized cubes and immediately mix them with the lemon juice. Mix the avocado, cranberries and 1 tablespoon of oil into the cottage cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Take the potatoes out of the oven, cut them lengthwise and push them slightly apart. Spread the cranberry dip over the potatoes. Sprinkle the rest of the olive oil on top and serve.

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cranberries from the USA

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Frizzled Ham

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with ham Thanksgiving recipe vegetableServes 8

6 slices ham, (about 3 ounces), cut in half, then cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
1 3/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, outer leaves removed
1 large orange
2 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. unsalted butter
2 cups shallots, thinly sliced (8 to 10)
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tsp. white balsamic vinegar, OR white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

Working in batches, place the Brussels sprouts in the feed tube of a food processor fitted with a thin slicing disk and slice. (If you don’t have a food processor with a thin slicing disk, thinly slice the Brussels sprouts by hand.) Zest the orange, then squeeze 1/4 cup of orange juice (save any remaining orange for another use). Set Brussels sprouts, orange zest, and orange juice aside.

In a large saucepan or small stockpot over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the ham and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisped and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer ham to a plate and set aside.

Add the butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Stir in the Brussels sprouts. Stir in the orange zest and orange juice and cook, stirring occasionally, until Brussels sprouts are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the pine nuts and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl, top with the ham, and serve.

Recipe and photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeInspired.com

Ham and Peas with Mint and Tarragon

Ham and peas with mint taragon Thanksgiving recipe vegetableServes 4 - 6

4 ounces ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 cups peas, fresh or frozen
3 tbs. unsalted butter, (1/2 stick), cut into 4 to 6 pieces
1/4 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped plus sprigs for garnish
2 tbs. fresh tarragon, coarsely chopped , plus sprigs for garnish
Salt and pepper

Bring a medium saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the peas and cook until tender, 3 to 8 minutes depending on the size of the peas.

Drain the peas, reserving 2 tablespoons of the cooking water. Return the peas and cooking water to the saucepan. Add the ham, butter, mint, and tarragon, stirring until the butter melts. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to a bowl, garnish with the mint and tarragon sprigs, and serve.

Recipe and photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeInspired.com

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8 Fire Pit Safety Tips

8 Tips for Fire Pit Safety

By Patti Plummer

OW Lee outdoor furniture fire pit patioWhen the weather turns cooler, homeowners can continue to enjoy their outdoor living spaces by adding a heat source like a fire pit.

There are a variety of types, including custom-made and pre-fab, but no matter what type you choose, remember to keep a few crucial safety tips in mind before, during, and after you light the fire.

Before you purchase a fire pit or have one built, remember to check with your local government to confirm that fire pits of any make or model are legal in your municipality.

Photo courtesy of OW Lee, Co.

OW Lee fire pit table chairs1. Choose the right fuel.

It is important to select the proper heat source for your fire pit. If it is a pre-fab model, the manufacturer will list the correct type. If you plan to have one custom built, work with your landscape architect to obtain the type that best suits your needs.

Most fire pits can safely control fires that are fueled by hard woods like cedar and oak or can be outfitted to produce heat through natural gas, propane, or gel.

Photo courtesy of OW Lee, Co.

Stonecrest Pools fire pit chairs seating2. Make sure your fire pit is on a stable, fireproof floor.

Your fire pit must be placed on a surface that can handle sparks or embers that might blow from the bowl. Any natural stones, like flagstone, travertine, slate, and granite, and manmade materials like concrete and durable fire-safe paving stones, are excellent choices.

Photo courtesy of Rugged Class Waterfalls & Pools; Photography by Stephen K. Wolfe

Rugged Class Pool fire pit patio3. Keep your fire pit away from anything flammable.

The rule of thumb is to maintain at least 10 feet of space between the fire pit and anything combustible. That means, when you use the fire pit, keep furniture and accessories at a safe distance. You will still feel the heat and enjoy the ambiance!

Photo courtesy of Stonecrest Pools; Photography by Sean Gallagher

Rugged Class pool patio fire pit4. Check weather conditions before lighting the fire pit.

Never light a fire pit in windy conditions. Not only will you have difficulty starting the fire, but you will also have a greater chance of flying embers or sparks blowing away from the controlled area.

Photo courtesy of Rugged Class Waterfalls & Pools; Stephen K Wolfe Photography

OW Lee fire pit table patio5. Keep your fire low and slow.

Be patient. If you are using wood in your fire pit, start the fire slowly. Once the fire is burning strongly, add more fuel until you have the level of heat you desire. Never, ever use an accelerant like gasoline—it’s too unpredictable and risky.

Photo courtesy of OW Lee, Co.

EP Henry dusk mesh fire pit cover family6. Use a mesh cover.

A good way to keep embers and sparks from flying out of the pit is to contain them from the beginning, and a wire mesh cover is a great option. The warmth and ambiance remains intact while the fire pit area has one more line of defense against unsafe conditions.

Photo courtesy of EP Henry

EP Henry fire pit couple lanterns7. Never neglect your fire pit

No matter the fuel, always attend the fire. If you are using wood, you should have a container of water or fire extinguisher on hand to quickly but carefully contain a flare-up.

If your fire pit is fueled by propane, natural gas, or gel, read the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually, all it takes is a turn of the knob to extinguish the fire. It’s a smart plan to have a fire extinguisher nearby that can dowse your particular kind of fuel should it become necessary.

Photo courtesy of EP Henry

Fire pit patio Pools by John Clarkson8. ALWAYS make sure the fire is out before you leave the area.

When you are finished with the fire pit, take precautions to make sure the fire is entirely out. If you used wood, smooth the ashes and let them cool. Then, gently pour water over the cinders. Look for hot spots or smoldering embers; once the fire pit is fire-free, you can exit the area.

Photo Courtesy of Pools by John Clarkson, an Aquatech Builder; Photography by Ben Brewer Photography

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8 Cozy and Cool Indoor Swimming Pools

8 Cozy and Cool Indoor Pool Rooms

An indoor pool has many benefits: year-round enjoyment, privacy, a comfortable and controlled swimming environment, regular exercise or physical therapy, and protection from the sun. While you may picture an indoor pool as a large rectangle similar to the one at your local gym, indoor pools have just as much design versatility as outdoor pools and can be suited to any size or style home.

From a cozy living-room lap pool to a serene spa retreat to a cool tropical escape, the impressive indoor pool rooms below showcase some of the most amazing design capabilities and features of indoor swimming pools.

Which one of these pools do you want to take a dip in? Let us know in the comments.

Lap Pool in Living Room1. Lap of Luxury

A pool in the living room has to be the ultimate in comfort and design. This elevated, indoor perimeter-overflow pool and spa features an all-tile finish and elegant Grecian shape—which is repeated in the mirrored tray ceiling. A big-screen TV and custom fireplace complete the space and give the impression that nothing is out of the ordinary.

Photo courtesy of Aquatic Consultants Inc./Brian Van Bower;
Photograph by Automated Lifestyles; Pool construction by Superior Pools

2. Evening Escape

Cozy indoor pool with lighting and fireplace

What better way to end your day than with a relaxing dip in this indoor pool? The pool’s deep blue lighting creates a peaceful and meditative atmosphere that encourages a sense of calmness and rest; the double-sided fireplace adds a warm glow and coziness to the room.

Notice how the pool is a natural part of the home, corresponding with the architectural style and interior design elements found throughout the rest of the house.

Photo courtesy of Goodall Pools

This pool is featured in the 2013 Aquatech Award-Winning Pools Gallery >>

Luxury Indoor Pool Room3. Indoor Retreat

This stunning indoor pool room is a statement of luxury. Large windows and an overhead skylight fill the room with beautiful natural light which causes the pool’s extravagant beach glass tile finish to sparkle. A detached whirlpool spa lies beyond the pool and provides a blissful solution to rainy days and the winter blues.

Photo courtesy of Alka Pool Construction

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4.Year-round Getaway

Tropical Indoor Pool Design
Take a break from reality and plunge into this indoor paradise, which was featured on HGTV’s Cool Pools series. Designed for both pleasure and fitness, this tropical indoor pool features an exhilarating speed-slide (concealed within the massive rock mountain) and a powerful swim jet for infinite swimming.

A 14-foot sheer waterfall, fiber-optic lighting, romantic cuddle cove, and panoramic sunset mural complete the feel of a private (indoor) beach retreat.

Photo courtesy of Shehan Pools

See this pool in the 2013 APSP Award-Winning Pools Gallery >>

5. Swimmer's Delight

Cool Indoor Pool and Spa Room

Just because a pool is indoors doesn’t mean it has to be isolated from the outdoors. Two stories of windows, sky blue walls, and several doors that open to the back patio connect the pool room to the outdoors (but honestly, who would want to leave?!). With its ample size, elevated spa, and exquisitely tiled deck, this indoor pool is a delightful and inviting place to go for a swim, no matter if it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer.

Photo courtesy of Platinum Poolcare, ltd.; Photo by Outvision Photography

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6. Pool with a View

Indoor Pool with Greek Key Tile Pattern
An intricate Greek key tile design adorns this magnificent indoor pool, which features an integrated perimeter-overflow spa.

The stately wall of windows plays in tandem with the pool’s graceful design and provides both an abundace of natural light and a spectaular view of the landscape.

See this pool in the 2012 NESPA Awards Photo Gallery >>

Photo courtesy of Ramapo Valley Pool Service, Inc.; Photo by Ed VanLuvender

Indoor Pool with Endless Pool Swim Spa7. Endless Exercise

Think you need a large space—and budget—to enjoy the benefits of an indoor pool? Think again! This compact room houses an “endless pool,” or swim spa, where you can swim in place against a current to your heart’s content.

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8. At-home Spa

At-home Spa Room with Pool - Cozy Cool Indoor Pools
A day of pampering at the spa is just a few rooms away for the lucky homeowners of this indoor sanctuary.

Offering a place for everyone to relax, the room features a 12-foot deep lap pool with a beautiful stone diving platform, a partially recessed mid-sized hot tub, comfy lounge area and flat-screen TV.

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Photo courtesy of Ramapo Valley Pool Service & Construction, Inc.; Photo by Douglas Gornall

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BioSafe Systems Introduces New Eco-Friendly Water Care Products

Eco-Friendly Water Care for Pools & Spas - GreenCleanMAX by BioSafe Systems

GreenCleanMax non-chlorine pool spa treatments shock
GreenCleanMAX is the newest line of eco-friendly pool and spa products from BioSafe Systems.

This eco-friendly product line includes treatments for your pool, spa, deck, and outdoor furniture without the use of harsh chemicals. Learn more about each product below.

Non-Chlorine Pool Shock

GreenCleanMax non-chlorine pool shockBioSafe’s GreenCleanMAX Non-Chlorine Shock is a great liquid pool shock application.

It clears up pool water quickly, working as a powerful oxidizer, and is great to treat organic build-up, wastes, oils, and lotions in pool water. This chlorine-free shock reduces combined chlorine levels and controls odors.

Plus, you can swim within 15 minutes of application.

When to use:

- When combined chlorine levels are high
- After heavy use of the pool or spa
- After heavy rainstorms

Non-Chlorine Spa Treatment

GreenCleanMAX non-chorine pool hot tub spa treatmentThe GreenCleanMAX Non-Chlorine Spa Treatment oxidizes unwanted waste, oils, and lotions, and is a great treatment for water odors.

This liquid treatment is derived from activated peroxygen chemistries that contain no chlorine or copper. Its unique formula does not leave behind any odors or irritating byproducts; it simply breaking down into water and oxygen.

When to use:

- When chlorine levels are high
- When odors are high
- After heavy use of the hot tub or spa
- Weekly as a maintenance program

Non-Chlorine Algaecide

GreenCleanMax non-chlorine granular algaecideThe GreenCleanMAX Granular Algaecide eliminates and prevents algae, slime, molds, and bacteria in swimming pools (including saltwater pools), hot tubs, and spas.

The algaecide is both chlorine-free and copper-free and works without leaving behind skin irritants. It also requires no pH adjustment.

GreenCleanMAX’s sustainable approach softens the water and brings organic debris to the surface for easy removal.

When to use:

- When first opening your pool
- Weekly to prevent algae
- Prior to closing your pool

Moss, Mold, and Mildew Treatment for Decks & Patios

GreenCleanMax MMM Moss Mold Mildew Treament deck patioGreenCleanFX MMM is a moss, mold, and mildew treatment that is free of copper, chlorine, and phosphates.

The formula comes in a convenient spray bottle and is safe to use on many surfaces, including wood decks, patios, pool ladders, and outdoor furniture.

It is EPA-registered as a cleaning product for non-porous surfaces such as pool and spa covers, umbrellas, and cartridge filters.

How to use:

- Attach the ready-to-spray nozzle to a hose for quick application. Spray onto area to be treated. (No rinsing required.)
- For areas heavily stained with mold, mildew or moss, brush lightly with GreenCleanFX MMM to help remove stains quickly.

Where to use:

- Concrete and pavement: patios, sidewalks and retaining walls
- Outdoor furniture: chairs, tables, umbrellas and awnings
- Decks: composite, wood (natural, painted, stained) pre-treated lumber
- Pool covers and equipment: diving boards, covers, liners, tiles, siding

To learn more about this new line of eco-friendly pool and spa care products, visit www.GreenCleanMAX.com

Photos courtesy of BioSafe Systems

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Pleatco Unveils New PLEATCO ADVANCED Filter Cartridges

New PLEATCO ADVANCED® Filter Cartridges Offer Exceptionally Clean Pool and Spa Water

Pleatco Advanced Filter CartridgePleatco, the New-York based filtration company, has introduced new PLEATCO ADVANCED filter cartridges for pools and spas.

The cartridges center around a completely new and unique, uniformly bonded filtration media, which drives exceptional cleaning performance for clear, healthy pool and spa water.

How do PLEATCO ADVANCED Filter Cartridges work?

PLEATCO ADVANCED 4oz bonded media contains more fibers per unit area, offering greater volume dirt-holding capacity.

With reduced pore size distribution, the fabric speeds up turbidity reduction through unique cross filtration flow. This easily and efficiently captures dirt particles to achieve a deeper level of cleanliness and clarity than ever before.

How were they developed?

PLEATCO ADVANCED was meticulously tested over an 18-month period with the assistance of over 40 industry professionals and pool owners nationwide who put the new product through rigorous paces in broad climates, environments, and conditions. The results were a resounding win for Pleatco.

“PLEATCO ADVANCED is the new standard that takes the entire industry to the next level, not just Pleatco,” says Richard Medina, vice president of engineering at Pleatco.

Pleatco Advanced Filter CartridgeWhat are the benefits of PLEATCO ADVANCED?

Combining the new media with Pleatco’s unique FREE FLOW CORE® technology, PLEATCO ADVANCED filter cartridges offer many benefits, including:

- lower pressure
- greater flow
- less wear and tear on the pump
- extended life of the product
- extended time between necessary cleaning
- less overall energy consumption

“PLEATCO ADVANCED cartridges held up great all summer, were very easy to clean, and really kept my pool perfectly sparkling,” says pool owner Kim Rahe, Ohio.

Pool owner Terry Weaver, North Carolina, also reports great success with the product. “Pleatco Advanced worked remarkably well with no significant increase in pressure and our pool has remained clear throughout this season, even though we had an incredible amount of pollen.”

Pleatco Advanced Filter CartridgeContinued innovation

Seven years ago, under new owner and CEO Howard Smith, Pleatco began turning the tide in their category. Innovative thinking and a scientific approach to filtration of pool and spa water are hallmarks of the company’s rise to prominence in the industry. PLEATCO ADVANCED is the newest step in the revolution of water filtration technology.

“When it comes to clean water,” says Pleatco’s Howard Smith, “we’re never done. We have an obligation to do what’s right.” That commitment is underscored by research, which shows a child drinks 1.3 ounces of water for every 45 minutes they play in a pool - a sobering statistic the whole Pleatco team takes to heart. It moves them to raise the bar higher.

Photos courtesy of Pleatco

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