Ask the Residential Swimming Pool Expert – Russel Koch
I have read that it is now possible to automate your pool. Is this correct and does it cost an arm and a leg?
If you have a salt water system in your pool you are on your way to full automation. One of the simplest systems on the market today is made by Hayward Pool Products (http://www.hayward-pool.com). The “Sense and
Dispense” by Hayward is designed to work along side of the Pro Logic, Aqua
Plus and Aqua Rite Pro, also by Hayward.
The following information has been provided by Hayward:
This professional – grade ORP and PH Sense and Dispense technology was previously only available for commercial pools. Hayward offers an economical approach, with the same level of accuracy, for residential pools.
Unlike others on the market, Sense and Dispense, uses a proportional feed that continuously tests the water, sampling pH and chlorine activity, adjusting chemical feeding on a basis proportional to the demand. Other approaches don’t sample the water often enough and release larger doses which is far less effective and can create highs and lows similar to a manual approach.
Sense and Dispense consists of two basic functions. AQL-CHEM kit senses pH and chlorine levels and dispenses a self-renewing supply of pure chlorine generated from salt. pH dispense can be achieved using a second kit which connects to a carbon dioxide tank or a peristaltic pump acid feed tank. Either method is effective at controlling the pH drift that naturally occurs with the use of salt chlorination.
What can a Sense and Dispense system do for my pool and how will it make my
life easier?Once you add the Sense and Dispense you will set your requirement for your Chlorine levels (ORP) and for your PH levels. Your water will be continuously monitored and your levels will be adjusted automatically. The Sense and Dispense does not do everything for you. You will still have totest your water on a regular bases but it will certainly make your life a whole lot easier. Having a pool with improper Chlorine levels or a really high PH will almost be a thing of the past. Depending on what is required to operate your pool, full automation is now available for the average pool owner. To get an actual cost please contact your pool professional.