Talking Pools Podcast

Equipment series: Controls

May 02, 2023 Rudy & Andrea, Swimming Pool Season 3 Episode 281
Talking Pools Podcast
Equipment series: Controls
Show Notes Transcript

This is the one where Kelli & Dan are talking programmable systems that run pool equipment and automation systems

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Kelli: Welcome back to another episode of Talking Pools! I'm your host, Kelli, and I'm here with my co-host, Dan. Today, we have an exciting episode lined up for all you service-related small business owners in the pool industry. We'll be discussing the differences in pool controllers and how they can benefit your business. So, let's dive right in!

Dan: Absolutely, Kelli! Pool controllers have come a long way in recent years, offering advanced features and automation options that can greatly enhance the efficiency and convenience of pool maintenance. Let's start by talking about the different types of controllers available in the market.

Kelli: That's right, Dan. The two primary types of pool controllers are wired and wireless. Wired controllers are typically hardwired into the electrical system of the pool, while wireless controllers utilize radio frequency or Wi-Fi connectivity to communicate with the pool equipment. Each type has its pros and cons, so it's important to consider your specific needs and circumstances.

Dan: Exactly, Kelli. Now, let's explore some of the key features and capabilities you should look for in a pool controller. One of the most fundamental features is the ability to monitor and control the pool's temperature. A good controller should allow you to easily adjust the heater settings and keep the water at the desired temperature.

Kelli: Absolutely, Dan. Additionally, it's essential to consider a controller that offers water chemistry monitoring and control. Many advanced controllers can measure pH levels, chlorine or sanitizer levels, and even total dissolved solids. This feature can help you maintain optimal water balance and reduce the chances of issues like algae growth or scaling.

Dan: That's a great point, Kelli. Another crucial feature to look for is automation. A controller that offers automation capabilities allows you to schedule and automate various tasks, such as turning on the pool pump, running the cleaner, or adjusting the lighting. This can save you time and effort while ensuring consistent pool maintenance.

Kelli: Definitely, Dan. And let's not forget about remote access and control. With the advent of smartphone apps and internet connectivity, many pool controllers now offer remote access, allowing you to monitor and control your pool from anywhere. This is especially beneficial for service-related businesses, as it enables you to troubleshoot issues or make adjustments without physically being at the pool location.

Dan: Absolutely, Kelli. Now, it's also worth mentioning that some pool controllers offer additional features like integration with home automation systems, voice control compatibility, or even energy monitoring. These extras can provide added convenience and customization options depending on your specific requirements.

Kelli: That's a great point, Dan. When choosing a pool controller, it's crucial to consider compatibility with your existing pool equipment. Ensure that the controller you select can communicate effectively with your pool pump, heater, lights, and other components.

Dan: Absolutely, Kelli. And before we wrap up, let's talk about the importance of professional installation and ongoing support. While some controllers may be relatively easy to install, it's always a good idea to consult with an experienced pool professional to ensure proper setup and configuration. Additionally, look for controllers that offer reliable customer support in case you encounter any issues or need assistance.

Kelli: Well said, Dan. That brings us to the end of today's episode. We hope you found our discussion on pool controllers helpful. As always, if you have any questions or topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes, feel free to reach out to us on our website or social media channels.

Dan: That's right, Kelli. Thanks for tuning in to Talking Pools. Until next time, keep those pools sparkling and happy swimming!

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