Today it’s more important than ever to consider our impact on the environment.
Pools in particular have a reputation for using copious amounts of chemicals and for racking up massive bills from heating and cleaning equipment. By taking a different approach to pool maintenance, we can all make a huge difference. Today there are many ways to go green.
Therefore, as a service to our beloved Fibre Tech customers, we present your guide to environmentally friendly pool treatments.
Pool Cleaning Systems
Ultraviolet System: Good Girl Gone Green explains that these sanitizers are installed between the pool filter and the return line. Ultraviolet radiation is then used to eliminate bacteria from the passing water. It’s important to note this should be used along with other chemicals. According to Water Quality and Health, ultraviolet light doesn’t provide residual protection. Nevertheless, incorporating an ultraviolet system can help reduce the overall amount of chemicals used.
Ozone System: This method generates ozone through use of ultraviolet light, which is then circulated through the pool water for cleaning. Similar to an ultraviolet, residual protection from an ozone system is minimal, and should be used along with a chemical treatment.
Chitin: Derived from crab and lobster shells, In the Swim explains chitin can be used to treat cloudy water and pool surface stains.
Enzymes: Poolcenter explains that enzymes function by breaking down organic matter. This means enzymes are great at removing a variety of compounds from water, including dirt, oil, and other organic materials.
Minerals: Ions from copper and silver can be used to remove algae and bacteria from pool water. These also provide slow-acting residual protection.
Saltwater Pools: Despite the name, saltwater pools still use chlorine to sanitize water. However, the chlorine is generated from the filtration system rather than being added manually. Swimming Pool explains that sodium chloride (a.k.a. table salt) is first added to pool water. Next, a chlorine generator is added to the pool’s system, which takes passing water and converts the chloride into a cleaning agent. Switching to a saltwater pool also reduces maintenance, manual chemical treatments and upkeep costs.
Natural Plant Pools: Also known as swimming ponds in Europe, these pools rely solely on the sanitization of aquatic plants placed next to the swimming water. On its blog, Inspiration Garden featured a plant-infused "natural pool,” which has pumps that circulate water to the aquatic plants and rocks (a.k.a. the regeneration zone) and back into the swimming area. The plants prevent algae growth, while the rocks act as a bio filter.
Energy-Reducing Pool Equipment
Solar Pool Heater: Cost competitive with gas and heat pumps, solar heaters can greatly reduce your annual heating bill. The U.S. Department of Energy explains these heaters work by pumping pool water through a solar collector, typically located on a rooftop. Water is passed through a filter before reaching the collector, providing another level of filtration. Depending on the type of collector used, solar pool heaters can also heat water for home use.
Robotic Pool Cleaner: Many pool users rely on bulky vacuums with chords that easily tangle. Robotic pool cleaners travel around your pool cleaning the water, thus reducing the work on your filter and pump. Models today are also advanced enough to detect surface areas that need cleaning.
Going green with swimming pools may sound intimidating, yet the variety of options available can make the switch possible for everyone. Reduced chemical use and energy savings can be seen at any level of transition. Fibre Tech believes pools can be fun, relaxing and eco-friendly at the same time. There’s no need to trade one benefit for another.