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Home Living : January 31st 2012
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 MB POOL POWER KEEP YOUR WATER WARM HEAT YOUR POOL EFFICIENTLY POWER PLAY You can help everyone by filtering your pool during off-peak hours. Avoid operating your pool filter between noon and 6pm. This will help to reduce demand for electricity, conserve resources and save money. If your pool has solar heating, you will need to filter when the sun is correctly positioned for your solar panels. A filter time clock is an easy way to manage pool filtering. Extend the use of your pool by installing heating. ENJOY the benefits of owning a pool and reduce its energy con- sumption with a few key tips from the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of NSW. Energy-efficient pool heating The sun alone often cannot keep your pool water at that comfort minimum of about 25C-28C. For much of the swimming season, the normal temperature would be about 18C-20C, and most tempera- ture gained during the day is lost overnight, leaving the pool cold in the morning. By having a heater to warm water, you can add substan- tially to the daily use of your pool. Solar heating This can increase the use of your pool by up to four months a year. In many cases, you can add a solar system to your existing filter pump and plumbing. Heat pumps These are efficient and consume very little electrical energy to operate. While they are relatively new to the swimming pool market, the technology has been used in airconditioning and refrigeration for many years. Heat pumps use electricity to capture heat and move it from one place to another. Gas heating This form quickly and effic- iently heats your pool to a comfort- able temperature at any time. Your swimming season can be as long as you like, and the value gained from your substan- tial investment in your pool will be much greater. Pump timers You can install a timer to con- trol the pump's cycling. If debris is a problem, use a timer that can activate the pump for many short periods each day. POOL TRENDS DIFFERENT PRIORITIES AUSTRALIAN swimming pools are making new waves -- with pools that offer plenty of fun and exercise, while also serving as beautiful and functional exten- sions of living space. According to Swimming pool and Spa Association of NSW and Archicentre, these are some of the most recent trends: People are prioritising differ- ently. Pools are not just places to splash and play anymore. In many backyards, the pool is the focus. A growing trend is the inte- gration of the pool into a home's design, enabling a seamless transi- tion from internal living spaces to the water. Today's home owners want a pool that makes a state- ment, is aesthetically pleasing, doubles as a fountain or water feature and adds to their lifestyle by serving as a backyard oasis. Trends include plunge pools in courtyards, lap pools running alongside or around a home, living areas built around pools, tropical resort-inspired spas and pools that flow into the home and even pools with retractable decks. Authorised Dealer Authorised Dealer SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING WILL YOU BE COOL THIS SUMMER? SAVE UP TO $600 on Daikin Ducted Systems SAVE UP TO $300 on Daikin Split Systems PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9531 7462 2121776 27/12 Make More Money Using Your Current Home GRANNY FLATS AND STUDIOS PTY LTD Builder of Quality Granny Flats Designed and built for your lifestyle Division of Ian Cubitt's Classic Home Improvements Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au 1300 721 150 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C FREE Full feasibility study of your property Granny Flats and Studios 2201012 31/02 newslocal.com.au Discover Local. For tradies, services and jobs in your local area, grab your NewsLocal newspaper.
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