Thursday, August 7, 2014

Clean your pool the environmentally friendly way!

AutoPilot Salt Chlorine Generator
Chlorine is the best way to sanitize water.  The easiest and safest way is to generate your own chlorine at a constant low level.  Salt is a natural element found in the earth, in our body and in our homes.  It is used to season and preserve our food, rinse out contact lenses, and soften our water.  Salt is a very economical commodity.  When the ions in salt are passed over specially coated blades and induced with a low voltage electrical charge, it is converted into chlorine.  It is the same process that is used to convert seawater into laundry bleach.  When this process is incorporated into your swimming pool you have your very own "chlorine generator."

A wonderful thing happens to the salt after it is turned into chlorine and does the work of purifying the water - it turns back into salt and the process begins all over again.  Since the salt is at a much lower level than contact lens solutions, there is no "salty" taste to the water and no more odors from harsh chlorine products.  No more red eyes, green hair, itchy skin, or faded swim wear!

Chlorinator Features

More purifier output than any other unit - up to 2lbs./day
Utilizes patented bypass manifold for optimum chlorine production
Patented temperature compensation
Operates at any water temperature up to 104F
Operates at all salt levels: 2,000-35,000 ppm
Lifetime trade-in value on cell
Soft reverse cell cleaning

Chlorinator Benefits

Never buy chlorine again
Soft, Silky feeling water
No more red eyes
No more itchy skin
No more green hair
No more vacation worries
No more faded swimwear
Energy efficient
Environmentally friendly
Automatic cell cleaning

AutoPilot has been the technological leader in the chlorine generation process for swimming pools since 1976. There are over a half million satisfied AutoPilot owners worldwide. In fact over 90% of the swimming pools in Australia are sanitized with chlorine generators. AutoPilot sets the standard for dependability, features and performance ... and has a unit to fit every need and budget.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Measuring a Pool Heat Pump's Heat Producing Power

When evaluating pool heat pumps, consumers are presented with a few pieces of data.  
The efficiency rating of the pool heat pump, commonly referred to as the COP - Coefficient of Performance - the warranty for the unit and the BTU's generated by the pool heat pump.  BTU's is short for British thermal units and is a measure of heat producing power.
The actual definition of BTU goes like this, the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit at a constant pressure.  When researching pool heat pumps the consumer will see two sets of BTU's with a particular model and next to it a set of numbers that looks like this, 80/80/80 or 80/80/63.  If you don't know what these numbers mean, the BTU number can be a little confusing.  80/80/80 stands for 80 degree air temperature, 80 degree water temperature and 80% humidity level.  
Machines are tested under these conditions and then again at 80 degree air temperature, 80 degree water temperature and 63% humidity level.  Higher humidity levels will result in higher BTU output by the pool heat pump, lower humidity levels, lower BTU output, and this is why you see two sets of BTU numbers for any particular model.  AHRI - air conditioning, heating and refrigeration institute - is the independent agency that certifies the testing on pool heat pumps, but not all pool heat pump manufacturers are members of AHRI.
Best, Asa