A Guide to Basic Pool Hot Tub Automation

A Guide to Basic PoolHot Tub Automation

Pool and spa automation is not only convenient, but it can also help to maintain a clear and clean water environment for you, your family and guests to enjoy. Today, as more and more people are enjoying the convenience, affordability and health benefits of inflatable hot tubs, such as those you see at Alice’s Garden ensuring a healthy and clean environment is critical. However, while many may want to experience the health and relaxation benefits provided by hot tubs, some hesitate when they consider the time involved in care and maintenance. But wait, there’s good news to be had, as the advent of pool/hot tub smart system technology has made all of those concerns simply disappear.

Let’s Get Started 

If you don’t consider yourself tech savvy and find the idea of setting up an automated system for your hot tub or pool daunting, have no fear, as pool/spa automation technology is simple to set up and use. All you’ll need is around 2 hours or less of your time, an internet connection, and the pool/spa automation system of your choice. When it comes to setting up your automation system, you’ll need an internet connection with a download speed of 3Mbps or more. You may use either a Wi-Fi connection or Ethernet. Next, comes the control center of your automation system or the hub. A hub is a device that connects to your heater, pump, smart relays, and any other devices you may have, such as lighting. The hub gives you access to your controls, even if you lose your internet connection. If you have both a pool and spa, then look for a system with a valve actuator, so you can move from pool to spa by way of your app.

Handle Issues Remotely

These systems mean that you can check on the status of your pool or spa from afar. For instance, if you’d like to take a nice, relaxing dip in your hot tub when you get home, simply adjust the pool temperature remotely, so it’s just right when you walk in the door. You can also precisely monitor the chemical levels, which helps save you money in the long run, as you’ll only be using the number of chemicals and pH adjusters on an as needed basis. If you plan to be away for the weekend or a bit longer, by dealing with issues remotely, you’ll avoid coming home to a dirty pool filled with slimy algae. Finally, when winter comes, you can set your controls to turn the heater on in your spa or pool if the temperature drops below a certain degree.

Good for Your Health

While swimming and using a hot tub have many health benefits, those benefits don’t mean much if the water is unclean. Illnesses can include rashes, Legionella infection or even respiratory infections. That makes it even more crucial that you monitor the health of your water, and automation takes that worry right from you. Companies such as Sutro and Phin create pool and spa monitoring smart systems that ensure the water is ready when you are. Intermatic’s MultiWave is a Plug and Play system that comes with a remote, receiver unit, all of which help you monitor water temperatures and control 5 pool/spa functions from afar. The pHin is perfect for hot tub monitoring, allowing you to check on your outdoor spa at any time, measuring pH, bromine, chlorine, and temperature. The Floatron Solar Powered Pool Purifier is another example of a low maintenance water care system, ensuring that your water is healthy and free from bacteria. All of these smart devices function to monitor water quality and will alert you if you’re getting low on chemicals, so you can order online, right then and there.

Final Words

Back in the day, pool owners would take their tiny little chlorine/pH control kit and test the water to ensure that it was clean enough to swim in. Perhaps you’d take your pool vacuum out, or skim some leaves from the top. Gone are the days when you’d have to drive to your local garden or pool store and lug home gallons of chlorine and other chemicals. Today, owners of pools and hot tubs everywhere are realizing the benefits of creating a smart environment with regards to their care and maintenance, while saving money and trips to the dreaded pool store. By using smart technology to monitor your hot tub or pool, you limit the risk of illness, disease and algae formation, not to mention the peace of mind they instill.