Monthly Archives: July 2013

Solar Sun Rings Q & A

Reduce your pool heating expenses with Solar Sun Rings. These passive heating devices warm your pool during the day and act as an insulation blanket at night. Solar Sun Rings are easy to use, store, and clean.

Questions:
How do Solar Sun Rings work?
How do I know if I need Solar Sun Rings with Water Anchors?
How many Solar Sun Rings do I need for my own pool?
What kind of pools are Solar Sun Rings compatible with?
I live by myself, can I apply and remove Solar Sun Rings by alone or are they too heavy?
What if someone falls in my pool while my Solar Sun Rings are in the pool?
Do Solar Sun Rings have a warranty?
How do Solar Sun Rings reduce water loss, reduce chemical usage, and keep my pool healthy?
Where do I purchase my very own Solar Sun Rings?
I still have more questions. Who do I talk to?

How do Solar Sun Rings work?
Solar Sun Rings are composed of two layers of heavy duty U.V. resistant vinyl. The top sheet absorbs the light from the sun and channels it to the lower layer. The bottom layer absorbs the sunlight and converts the energy to heat. The rest of the sunlight passes through the Solar Sun Rings to the bottom of the pool for deep water heating. When the sun is absent, the air in between the two layers act as a blanket to insulate the heat trapped during the day. There are six magnets located around the circumference. These magnets improve your pool’s clarity and reduce your pool’s hardness. In addition the magnets are used to link the rings together to create a raft across your pool. The magnetic strength is strong, but weak enough so the average person will be able to remove one ring from the raft. In addition, if someone or an animal accidentally falls in the pool while the raft is intact, the magnets will break apart, preventing entrapment. Solar Sun Rings are designed to be compatible with automatic pool cleaners. If a suction hose accidentally catches a ring, the ring will break apart from the raft, allowing the pool cleaner to function.

How do I know if I need Solar Sun Rings with Water Anchors?
If you live in an area that is particularly windy, we definitely recommend purchasing Solar Sun Rings with Water Anchors. The water anchor is composed of an additional overlapping piece of vinyl on the bottom. The channel is automatically filled as the ring enters the pool and automatically drains when pulled out.

How many Solar Sun Rings do I need for my own pool?
Each Solar Sun Ring’s diameter is 5 feet long. It is recommended that you purchase enough Solar Sun Rings to cover about 75% of your pool’s surface. In order to determine how many you’ll need, you can use this coverage calculator.

What kind of pools are Solar Sun Rings compatible with?
Every kind of pool! Solar Sun Rings can be used with chlorine or saltwater pool systems. They are also compatible with in ground and above ground pools too. Leaf catchers, pool cleaners, and other common accessories are all compatible with Solar Sun Rings.

I live by myself, can I apply and remove Solar Sun Rings by alone or are they too heavy?
Solar Sun Rings have a diameter of 5 feet which is definitely manageable for most adults. They are a great pool cover option for someone who lives alone or does their pool maintenance by themselves.

What if someone falls in my pool while my Solar Sun Rings are in the pool?
The rafting magnets will break apart once the person or animal swims to the surface, allowing the them to breathe and swim to safety. Many pets and people die each year because of entrapment with one piece pool covers. Solar Sun Rings were designed to prevent entrapment.

Do Solar Sun Rings have a warranty?
AZ Pool Supplies Inc. does not offer a warranty for Solar Sun Rings, but the manufacturer upholds a two year warranty.

How do Solar Sun Rings reduce water loss, reduce chemical usage, and keep my pool healthy?
Water and pool chemicals can’t evaporate through the Solar Sun Rings. This will allow you to conserve water and save chemicals about equal the percentage of the surface covered by the rings. The more space in your pool is covered by Solar Sun Rings, the less evaporation occurs. If you’re satisfied with the temperature reached by your rings, you may flip them over. This will conserve your water level without significantly heating the water.

Where do I purchase my very own Solar Sun Rings?
Solar Sun rings are available for purchase at all four of our eCommerce stores.
In Floor Pool Parts : Standard // With Anchors
Pool Vac Parts : Standard // With Anchors
Swim CSI : Standard // With Anchors
Saltwater Pool Parts : Standard // With Anchors

I still have more questions. Who do I talk to?
Email us at sales@azpoolsupplies.com! We’d be happy to answer any more questions you might have.

Saltwater Pool Systems… How do They Work? (Infographic)

A lot of people have been asking us lately how do saltwater pools work and how they’re different from chlorinated pools. These pools often smell better than chlorinated pools due to the lack of chloramines.

A saltwater pool generally works the same way as a chlorinated pool. The main difference between the two is that the saltwater pool has a salt generator–which is composed of a salt cell, a control box, and of course, salt. So, instead of adding chlorine tablets to your pool, the salt generator creates the chlorine for you.

But wait… I thought salt was supposed to be an alternative to chlorine? Well, let’s go back to the periodic table, shall we? Most of us learned in grade school that NaCl is the formula for salt. And what does NaCl stand for? Sodium Chloride. Therefore, salt has chlorine in it already. When the salt passes through the generator, it separates the sodium and chlorine and puts them back into your pool.

There are a lot of common misconceptions concerning saltwater pools. From our experience, we find that people often think you don’t have to add additional chemicals or shock your pool as often as a normal chlorinated pool. This is not true at all! It is necessary to maintain the appropriate pH, Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness, and Stabilizer levels. If these levels aren’t checked on a regular basis, you risk owning an unhealthy pool.

Shocking your pool is a different story. Sometimes salt generators come feature a “shock” option. However, you should test your pool to ensure the chlorine level of 12.0 ppm is reached. If not, you should still purchase shock treatments. Pool owners also must ensure their salt level is at about 3000 ppm. This is much lower than ocean water which contains about 20,000 ppm. As far as the chlorine level goes for saltwater pools, it is usually much lower than conventional levels for chlorine pools. It is recommend that the level is somewhere between 0.5 – 1.0 ppm.

So what’s so great about a saltwater pool? A lot of people note that the water is much softer compared to traditional pools because of the salt. Generally speaking, because the chlorine content is lower than normal pools, it can reduce some of the symptoms like itchy skin and red eyes.

For more information on saltwater pools, visit our website SaltWaterPoolParts.com We have tech support available during normal business hours to trouble shoot any saltwater system. Call us at 480.607.1900 or email us!

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with the Solar-Breeze Pool Skimmer

Besides air conditioners and heating systems, pool pumps are most likely the largest consumer of electricity in the household. By using the Solar-Breeze, you can reduce your pool pump energy usage by 50-65% and go green with this eco-friendly product.

Questions:
Do I need to charge my Solar-Breeze?
But what if it’s cloudy outside? Will my Solar-Breeze still work?
How does the Solar-Breeze reduce my energy bill?
What kind of things does the Solar-Breeze pick up?
What if my Solar-Breeze gets stuck against a wall, corner, or rock?
How does the Solar-Breeze save me time?
So if I own a Solar-Breeze I can get rid of my floating chlorine dispenser, right?
Where do I purchase my very own Solar-Breeze?
I still have more questions. Who do I talk to?

SwimCSI SaltWater Pool Parts Pool Vac Parts infloor parts


Do I need to charge my Solar-Breeze?
The Solar-Breeze runs completely off the power of the sun. In order to charge the unit, all you have to do is place it outside. No hoses or cords are required to run the cleaner.

But what if it’s cloudy outside? Will my Solar-Breeze still work?
Yes! The Solar-Breeze is equipped with storage batteries that charge during the day while the cleaner is running, so you can operate the device up to several hours once the sun goes down. When the battery is running low, the Solar-Breeze will automatically shut itself down. This usually happens at night after the cleaner has been in use for several hours. The unit will remain in a stand-by mode until it receives enough sunlight the next day to run again. Once it has enough energy to start, the Solar-Breeze will automatically start cleaning your pool again.

How does the Solar-Breeze reduce my energy bill?
Because the Solar-Breeze is powered by the sun, you don’t have to pay anything to run the cleaner. By cutting back on the time your pool pump is used, you not only save money, but reduce your carbon footprint which helps the environment too. In fact, the Solar-Breeze pays for itself by the end of the first swimming season by cutting down on maintenance and operating costs. .

What kind of things does the Solar-Breeze pick up?The Solar-Breeze can collect bugs, leaves, dirt, pollen, dust, and just about anything that enters a swimming pool. These various things float on the top of your pool for a few hours before sinking to the bottom. Before they get the chance to sink, the Solar-Breeze finds them and the front paddle scoops the debris into its collection tray.

What if my Solar-Breeze gets stuck against a wall, corner, or rock?
If the Solar-Breeze encounters a wall, it simply uses the bumper wheels on the front to propel itself in another direction. If that’s ineffective, the Solar-Breeze will put automatically put itself in reverse to back away from the obstacle, then it will put itself back in forward motion and continue to clean your pool.

So if I own a Solar-Breeze I can get rid of my floating chlorine dispenser, right?
Absolutely! The Solar-Breeze has its own chemical dispenser. With floating chlorine dispensers, it’s difficult to gauge whether chlorine is being dispensed evenly, but because the Solar-Breeze is constantly on the move, it distributes the chlorine evenly. This helps control the growth of algae and other unwanted bacterias. The Solar-Breeze can cary up to two 3″ chlorine tablets.

How does the Solar-Breeze save me time?
As long as you have the Solar-Breeze, your pool is always “swim ready.” The cleaner eliminates hand skimming completely. All you have to do is jump in!

Where do I purchase my very own Solar-Breeze?
The Solar-Breeze is available for purchase at all four of our eCommerce stores. Each link below will take you the Solar-Breeze product page on whichever store you choose.
Purchase the Solar-Breeze at In Floor Parts.
Purchase the Solar-Breeze at Pool Vac Parts.
Purchase the Solar-Breeze at Swim CSI.
Purchase the Solar-Breeze at SaltWater Pool Parts.

I still have more questions. Who do I talk to?
Email us at sales@azpoolsupplies.com! We’d be happy to answer any more questions you might have.

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Probably the Best Potato Salad Recipe Ever

When I think about Independence Day, I think about freedom, fireworks, and food. Ever year, my family and I get together at my grandma’s house and grill out before watching the fireworks. A few years ago, my grandma asked if I would bring potato salad for everyone, and they all liked it so much that I’ve been bringing it every year since. The best part about this potato salad recipe is… it’s vegan! (And my family couldn’t even tell!) This recipe is perfect for bringing to any kind of party whether it be the Fourth of July, a neighborhood potluck, or your very own pool party.


Feeds 10-20
5 lb red potatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill (2/3 oz)
1 1/4 cup coarsely chopped dill pickles (I use Claussen)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 cup Vegenaise (Or regular mayo)
1/3 cup mustard (Any kind will do, but I use Bone Suckin’ Mustard from Whole Foods)
1 3/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp sea salt
Splash of pickle juice

Cut potatoes into large cubes and place in a large pot of boiling water. Boil the potatoes on medium-high until they are tender, but still firm (15-25 minutes). Remove the potatoes from heat, drain the water, and cool in refrigerator.

When the potatoes are room temperature or colder, use a wire potato masher to break apart the cubes into smaller chunks. Add the dill, pickles, Vegenaise (Or mayo), mustard, pepper, salt, and pickle juice. Mix with a large spoon. Refrigerate until for a few hours or over night before serving. I always find that my potato salad is always better the next day.

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