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There’s nothing like high school football season in Texas, and it’s no different in the communities that Ultimate Pools serves. Just like everyone else around here, we’re looking forward to the start of football season, especially at The Woodlands College Park High School.
We’re proud to provide financial support for the Cavaliers for the upcoming 2015 season, as College Park looks to qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season and for the fourth time since the school was founded in 2005. The Cavaliers will be competing in District 16-6A this season against Kingwood, Conroe, Atascosita, Summer Creek, Oak Ridge and, of course, The Woodlands High.
College Park opens its season today by playing a non-district game at Pearland High School at 7 p.m. The Cavaliers will play their home games at Woodforest Stadium in The Woodlands, where they’ll host Katy Taylor, Houston Benjamin Davis, Oak Ridge and Kingwood along with playing “at” The Woodlands on October 9.
Check out the College Park football website for information on all levels of Cavaliers football — from varsity to junior varsity to freshman. You can also keep tabs on the Cavaliers on maxpreps.com, which has College Park’s schedule, roster, and statistics.
One of the most overlooked, yet important, aspects to a swimming pool is the water pump. Being able to pump new, fresh water into a pool keeps your pool crystal clear and healthy to swim in. But the process of pumping water can be a costly one, both in terms of electricity costs and in terms of needing to get the pump replaced down the road.
Pentair has come up with a solution with its IntelliFlo® VF pump, a variable flow pump which allows homeowners to control the speed and pressure of the water flow in their pool through their smartphone or computer, allowing them to set and change the settings of the water flow. This is in contrast to the standard variable speed pumps, which have to be set and run manually by the user. That means the user has to be able to figure out the speed and flow through the water pump by themselves.
But the ease of managing the IntelliFlo® is just one of the perks of this new technology, which Ultimate Pools will install for a fee on a new pool or retrofit to an old pool. The IntelliFlo® variable flow pump is a product that helps the homeowner in three other areas.
1. Saving on electricity costs: The efficient flow of the variable flow pump and the ease you can control that flow through your devices takes a considerable chunk out of your electricty bill. Instead of being subject to one or two flow speeds in a pump and having to run the pump several times in a day, you can simply turn on an IntelliFlo® pump once a day and adjust from a high number of speed and flow levels.
This savings this causes adds up quickly. Instead of spending $3.47 a day in electricity costs to run a pump in your pool, it costs roughly 50 cents a day to use the variable flow pump, a savings of nearly three dollars a day! That adds up to $1,084 of electricity savings a year, which almost covers the cost of installing the IntelliFlo®. By year two, that cost is paid off, and by year 5 (which is the standard life of a standard pump) you have enough to take a family vacation.
As far as longevity goes, that’s another reason why we’re high on variable flow pumps.
2. They’ll last for a decade, and then some: Like we said before, a typical water pump lasts around five years before it needs to be replaced. Pentair’s IntelliFlo® variable speed pumps have lasted over 15 years in tests, which means that your newly installed IntelliFlo® variable flow pump will likely be the only water pump you’ll ever need for your pool. That peace of mind, coupled with the money saved on electricity, is a nice thing to have in your back pocket.
3. The pump can regulate itself: With the smart technology of the IntelliFlo® variable pump, a pump can tell when it needs to speed up or, more importantly, ramp down its output. One of the main problems with standard water pumps and variable speed water pumps is that they can break in high pressure situations. They are reliant on you to be able to tell when there’s high pressure in the pump to turn it down and if you don’t identify that, you can subject your pump to breaking or getting excess wear that causes further damage down the road.
The IntelliFlo® variable pump can sense when there’s too much pressure based on set settings and take the necessarily steps to preserve itself. It can also tell when its filters need to be cleaned and notify of that. The IntelliFlo® takes logs of these occurrences and keeps records of the up times and down times of the pump for future use.
One of the products that we have mentioned frequently in our write-ups since redesigning the website is the IntelliChem system. A product of Pentair, IntelliChem is an automated system which allows a user to control and monitor a pool’s chemical levels and water chemistry from their computer or devices such as iPads and smartphones. It’s a product that can be installed in new pools or retrofitted into pools that have already been built.
But what does the IntelliChem system measure and how does it keep your pool’s water and structure in tip-top condition? Here are some of the elements that IntelliChem monitors and the reasons why its an ideal tool to have installed with your pool.
Chlorine: The primary job of the IntelliChem is to keep the pH levels of the water at a certain level, ideally between 7.2 and 7.8 pH. A main way to do that is add and dilute the water’s chlorine level. Instead of “shocking” a pool with jugs of chlorine and making it unswimmable for 4-5 hours, the IntelliChem releases the chlorine necessary to stay within the ideal pH level.
If you want to speed up the process, you can pour a little bit of liquid chlorine to raise the pH or add some water to lower it. Those are better and safer alternatives to shocking to raise the pH (which can leave your pool in a dangerous state to swim in for several hours) or adding muratic acid to lower the pH, which is a common do-it-yourself solution to lowering the water’s pH level. Muratic acid is corrosive, not only to the concrete around the edge if it spatters, but to your skin as well.
Cynaric acid: Cynaric acid serves as a stabilizer for your pool, as it protects the chlorine that’s present in your pool from elements such as sunlight. However, having too much cynaric acid in your pool will decrease the chlorine’s effectiveness in combating bacteria and algae while also making the water cloudy. Using IntelliChem to keep your cynaric acid levels between 40 and 70 parts per million will allow your chlorine to do its job effectively.
Calcium: Another thing IntelliChem will do is monitor your pool’s calcium levels. The ideal calcium level in your pool should be roughly 250 parts per million, with a range of 200 to 400 parts per million being acceptable, as that serves as the margin of error for cynaric acid to stabilize the calcium in your pool. Excess calcium can cause scaling on the pool surface and cloud the water of the pool, while not enough calcium will cause the pool water to eat away at the calcium in the plaster of your pool’s surface to compensate. IntelliChem will allow you to set your system to find the ideal calcium balance.
Alkalinity: Like with cynaric acid, alkaline substances serve as a stabilizer, as they keep the pH levels of the water from going all over the place while allowing chlorine to do its thing. However, like cynaric acid, water with too much alkalinity can make your water murky and unclear along with hamstringing your chlorine’s effectiveness. Too little alkaline has a similar effect to having too little calcium, causing plaster and metals to corrode and cause scaling on the surface. You can program your Intellichem to keep the alkaline substances in between 80 and 200 parts per million, with 120 parts being a good place to set it at.
The IntelliChem system works to keep your water chemistry on point using technology. We install the system for a fee, so ask us about IntelliChem today!