There are many factors to consider when choosing a pool automation system. Remote access connectivity, quality, accuracy and price are all important considerations. Considering all these factors, purchasing the best pool controller for your customers’ needs is essential. Let’s take a closer look.
With greater technological advances comes more sophisticated means of controlling a pool, for instance, 2-way wireless connectivity enables pool controllers to automate the way a pool and its components operate without ever having to visit the controller to manually input parameter settings.
Communication signals can be automatically sent to your smart device, alerting you of any issues by text message or emails.
You can view multi-parameters and gather data in real-time with access to online cloud-based information from any device anywhere and with industry leading reporting tools, you can monitor compliance data over a period. This all plays a key role in ensuring efficiency in pool engineering practices, less maintenance, time saving and money saving for commercial and domestic pool owners and, most importantly, promotes greater safety for bathers.
Pool automation systems can also be very user-friendly and can integrate with existing automation software e.g., control of timers for pool lighting and heaters. For commercial pools in particular, pool operators may find simplified user-interfaces more useful and should eliminate issues caused simply by human error, thus reducing maintenance call outs.
When considering a new remote pool system, choosing a product with the highest quality, that you know is going to last a lifetime, with limited maintenance and cost of parts is going to be important. Whether you are a homeowner looking for simple dosing control or a municipal looking for the highest quality sensor readings, most will want a pool controller that is robust and can stand the test of time.
In these current times a huge part of the decision making of what pool controller to buy is, how energy efficient it is. The up-keep, maintenance and cost of chemicals can be extremely expensive, so you are likely to choose an automatic pool controller that promotes long-term energy savings.
Cost of pool automation systems
Pool automation system can be expensive, but there are ways to reduce costs. One way is to set the parameters and thresholds on the controller to turn dosing on and off depending on bather load and when the pool is not in use overnight. The higher the accuracy of the controller and quality of sensors allow for optimum control which helps cut down on the costs of energy and chemical usage. However, you should be aware that installing such a system can be time-consuming and costly.
It is sensible to be aware of hidden costs of purchasing an automatic pool controller for instance, there are many ‘all in one’ systems on the market which include installation, pumps etc. however you might find that when purchasing these systems, you may be sold lower quality pumps and should something need replacing, the entire system will be out of action.
Modular pool controllers are more appealing for larger commercial pools whereby, back up replacement’s parts can be easily replaced with minimum effort and disruption to commercial pools and bather experience.
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