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Home Living : December 6th 2011
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 5 POOL HEATING STOP EVAPORATING MONEY COVERS MAKE DOLLAR SENSE IN POOL HEATING Reduce your swimming pool heating costs dramatically this season by using a pool cover. CUTTING COSTS THE evaporation rate from an outdoor pool varies according to a pool's temperature, the air temperature and the humidity. Evaporative heat loss increases as wind velocity over the pool surface rises. A windbreak, such as trees or a solid pool fence, can reduce pool energy consumption by as much as 20 per cent. Pools with an open exposure can consume about 50 per cent more energy than a moderately sheltered one. MAINTENANCE In Summer Operate the filtration system six to eight hours a day Regularly check sanitiser levels, ideally every day Check the pH every two days Check and clean skimmer, hair and lint pot baskets weekly Have your pool water checked at a pool shop fortnightly Maintain water level at least half way up the skimmer box SWIMMING pools lose energy in many ways, but evaporation is by far the largest source of energy loss. Evaporating water requires tremendous amounts of energy. You can greatly reduce pool heating costs this season by using a pool cover. A pool cover also can help reduce the size of a solar pool heating system, saving money. Reduce your pool's energy consumption with key tips from the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of NSW. The role of pool covers Evaporation, the main source of pool heat loss, occurs mainly at night when the ambient air temperature drops below the pool's water temperature. A pool cover can reduce this loss of water by up to 95 per cent and save up to 50 per cent on heating costs. Keep water cleaner Pool covers keep debris out of pools. Types of pool covers Bubble blankets: Blankets with tiny, transparent bubbles designed to trap sunlight and warm the pool. They also reduce evaporation, thereby reducing heat loss and chemical consumption. Thermal blankets: Designed to insulate the pool overnight by reducing evaporation and convection heat loss. They can cut pool heating time and costs by reducing the time it takes to reheat a pool in the morning. Slat covers: These are made of slats which roll out on to the pool surface like a horizontal garage roller door. When fully extended across the pool, the slats lock together to form a barrier that can support the weight of a small child or pet. V Supply dumper bin to be placed on site. V Cover access floor area with drop sheets & plastic. V Remove existing fittings within bathroom. V Remove all wall and floor tiles within bathroom. V Replace bath and shower internal mixers. V Supply and install IXL Triumph fan/heater/light. V Supply and install new double power point. V Supply and install Niche within shower recess. V Supply and fix new wall lining within bathroom. V Supply and install bath frame and shower hob. V Supply and apply waterproofing within bathroom V Fix wall and floor tiles within bathroom x 30m² V Install bath, vanity, taps and toilet. V Install accessories within bathroom. V Remove all trade waste and effect final clean up V Full guarantee Scope of Work BATHROOM Renovations Master Bathrooms Ph: 9899 9330 Builders Lic No. 178503c www.masterbathrooms.net.au CARPENTRY • PLUMBING • ELECTRICAL • TILING • WATERPROOFING (NSW) Pty. Ltd. 2266326 26/5 $9720 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE YOU SUPPLY OR WE SUPPLY FITTINGS Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON S A FAMILY BUSINESS THAT WILL GUARANTEE YOU QUALITY AND PERSONALISED SERVICE CARPORTS + AWNINGS - TIMBER DECKS 0( WWW AUSTEKHOMEIMPROVEMENTS COM AU 7HY CHOOSE !534%+ Always on time, always on budget Fully licensed builders Best value for money promised 100% Bluescope steel Member of Master Builders Australia No pushy salesman -- only qualified builders to quote every job !SK ABOUT OUR ./ ).4%2%34 %6%2 4ERMS &2%% $%3)'. 15/4% -ASTER "UILDER ,IC .O C 2129778 06/12 2044359 18/10 For a free measure and quote call 9631 4828 www.instyleblindsandshutters.com.au • Plantation Shutters • Aluminium Shutters • Roller Blinds • Roman Blinds • Venetian Blinds • Panel Glide Blinds Instyle Blinds and Shutters Pty Ltd ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY.LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 Quality Timber Blinds, and Plantation Shutters 2243953 11/10 COMPETE BLINDS & SHUTTERS WE BEAT ANY QUOTATION 1300 800 118 www.competeblinds.com.au
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