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.






Top 5 Ways Technology Can Ease Your Gardening Tasks

What Are The Best Ways To Use Technology To Make Gardening Easier?

Today, technology can be married with any field. For instance, businesses today can sell and ship products to customers’ worldwide right from their headquarters while investors and traders can trade or invest in any financial instrument right from the comfort of their homes using smartphones or PCs.

With that in mind, why can’t we marry technology with gardening? Do you have to continue suffering from lower back pain just because you love tending to your garden?

Did you know technology can make your work easier when it comes to gardening?

Imagine having a bunch of automated systems performing different gardening tasks for you. Not only will you have additional time to complete your hobbies but more time to spend with your family and even relax.

So, how can you marry technology with gardening?

Here are top 5 technologies that you can incorporate into your garden and make your life easier.

#1. Automated sprinkler system

When you plant your herbs and veggies, watering them becomes a daily chore. There are times you will be required to water them once while on other occasions, twice a day. During this time, you will be forced to make several trips between the source of water and your garden. As a result, you will be carrying a watering can full of water.
Making several trips in a day is not easy. When you factor in other chores that you are supposed to complete, then by the end of the day, you will be so tired. To make your work easier, invest in an automated sprinkler system.

For an easy to use automated sprinkler system, you can opt for Rainbird or you can opt for a DIY version which allows you to customize the system to your needs.

#2. Distinguishing healthy plants from sickly ones

As said earlier, gardening is a fun hobby. Not only do you get to plant beautiful flowers but herbs and veggies too. To ensure that you have a bumper harvest, a lot of care must be provided to the plants. Not only are you required to water the plants but to weed and ensure they grow to be healthy.

So, how do gardeners check how healthy their plants are? A vast majority of people will check for discolouration or wilt. Others will check for abnormal tissue and cracks while other will check for stunted growth and brown spots on the leaves.  Before you call in the tree surgeon you want to be sure there is a problem.

Thanks to technology, you can now determine the health of your plant using a photosynthesis camera. All you need is to replace the infrared filter on your camera with a blue filter. Once you capture the images, upload them to infragram.org for processing. If the plants are soaking less light, then they are not healthy and so, they need more care.

#3. Shoo birds and pests with drone technology

Are birds feeding on your plants? Are foxes damaging your hard work? Don’t have the time to shoo them yourself or hire someone to do so? Why not invest in a bird control drone.

Designed to chase away birds and foxes, the drone comes with fully autonomous flight and remote controlled features available with or without a camera. With this technology, you can combine sight, sound and threaten physical presence to prevent birds and other pests from causing harm to your garden.

While some models are available in the traditional drone design, newer models are shaped to look like popular birds of prey, for instance, the Bald Eagle or Falcon. The reason for this design is to leverage the fear of other birds to predatory birds.

#4. Checking your plant vitals

Now that you have learned how to use a blue filter with your digital camera to determine the health of your plants, it’s time to learn how to check your garden vitals using technology. The product is called the Growerbot kit.

It is composed of a network of probes designed to measure soil moisture level, humidity, sunlight and air temperature. Basically, the sensors work by detecting the decline of certain conditions needed for the optimum growth of the plants.

For instance, if the sensors detect that the garden bed is dry since they are connected to your automatic sprinkler system, they will activate it and your plants will be watered while you are away.

#5. Growing your herbs and veggies without dirt

Today, you can grow your garden using hydroponics system which eliminates the need for dirt and expansive gardening space. As a result, the hydroponic system has been found to be suitable for use in areas where homeowners, who love gardening, lack space.

One of the best products that will surely work for you is the Fizzy Farm Indoor Hydroponic system. It is easy to use and designed for non-vining fruits and vegetables. As a state of the art hydroponic system, you can use it to grow lettuce, kales, basil, strawberries, thyme and chives among others.

In addition, it can be used indoors thus turning the area into a stunning garden.

Final Thoughts On Gardening Automation

There you have it. Top 5 ways where technology is married to gardening thus making it easier for the homeowner to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs. Not only will these modern solutions provide you with stats about the health of your plants and garden but they will ensure your plants get to grow by keeping pests away. In the end, you will have a bumper harvest.