For most people, the whole point of buying an in-ground backyard pool is to relax in it. But compared to fiberglass pool owners, people with concrete pools spend a lot more time and money on maintenance. If you want to spend more time enjoying your backyard pool and less time maintaining it, you must get out of the stone age.
UV ozone advanced water treatment systems take pool sanitization to the next level. In collaboration with chlorine, the ultraviolet light and ozone gas combine to deliver an unmatched level of pool water purity.
Hayward’s UVO3 system eliminates nearly all chlorine-resistant microorganisms while reducing overall chlorine use by at least half. Enjoy additional health and safety benefits, and reduce chlorine use in your pool. Add a UV ozone advanced water treatment system to your traditional chlorine or salt water sanitized pool and spa.
Powerful Duo: UV and Ozone
UV and ozone are a powerful duo in battling chlorine-resistant microorganisms in your pool.
Ultraviolet (UV) light is a well-known water sanitizer. As the sun shines on your pool water, ultraviolet light is at work killing bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. However, the sunshine does not penetrate deep into the pool water, so we cannot solely rely on it to sanitize.
Ozone gas is another powerful water sanitizer. When ozone gas is pumped into pool water, it comes into contact with chlorine-resistant microorganisms and kills them before the gas rises to the surface. However, the ozone gas doesn’t come into contact with all the germs, so it’s not fully effective on its own either.
When ultraviolet light and ozone gas are combined in a UV ozone advanced water treatment system, the sanitizing results are quite powerful. In fact, Hayward’s UVO3 system eliminates 99.9% of chlorine-resistant microorganisms in your pool water and they reduce the need for chlorine use by 50% or more.
What is a UV Ozone Advanced Water Treatment System?
UV ozone advanced water treatment systems are supplemental to your primary sanitization system. Whether your pool water is sanitized with a traditional chlorine system or a salt chlorine generator system, you can get even cleaner and clearer water by adding a UV ozone advanced water treatment system.
Hayward HydroRite UVO3 Advanced Water Treatment system is a supplemental disinfection system that delivers a level of water purity unmatched by any other swimming pool sanitization method. This supplementary sanitization system releases a powerful trio of disinfectants – UV, Ozone and Advanced Oxidants – that work synergistically in pool water to inactivate chlorine-resistant microorganisms.
HydroRite UVO3 premier sanitization works in collaboration with chlorine to dramatically reduce overall chemical usage and even lessen total chlorine demand by 50% or more. It’s a more natural way to sanitize your pool or spa for a worry-free swimming experience. In addition, it’s friendly to both the environment and your wallet.
HydroRite UVO₃ reduces chloramines by 50% or more to eliminate harsh chlorine odors and reduce irritation to swimmers’ skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. With HydroRite UVO3, you can feel especially good about the quality of your pool and spa water.
How Do UV Ozone Advanced Water Treatment Systems Work?
The Hayward HydroRite UVO3 Advanced Water Treatment system is a supplemental disinfection system that works in conjunction with your pool’s traditional chlorine or salt water sanitization system.
- HydroRite UVO3 injects disinfecting ozone gas into your pool’s chlorinated water just upstream of the main reaction vessel.
- The ozone-treated water is then exposed to potent, ultraviolet rays as it passes through the main reaction vessel. The UV light breaks down chlorine-resistant microorganisms – like algae, bacteria, and viruses – rendering them inactive.
- Ozone collides with the UV light and a reaction occurs that creates highly potent hydroxyl radicals.
Together, these three disinfectants work synergistically to inactivate more than 99.9% of chlorine-resistant microorganisms, providing an entirely new level of safe water quality.
Advantages of the Hayward HydroRite UVO3
- Space-saving – HydroRite UVO3 has a compact design with a single vessel and controller that install easily into new or existing pools.
- Standard Installation – HydroRite UVO3 installs directly into conventional 2-inch diameter plumbing piping for residential and commercial pools and spas.
- Superior Water Quality – HydroRite UVO3 delivers a level of water purity unmatched by any other swimming pool sanitization method, eliminating 99.9% of chlorine-resistant microorganisms. The advanced water treatment system combines 3 powerful disinfectants to deliver exceptional sanitization and the finest level of water clarity and purity.
- Reduces Chloramines – HydroRite UVO3 cuts chloramines by 50%, eliminating chlorine odors and maximizing swimmer comfort to provide a more pleasant swimming experience.
- Cost Saving – HydroRite UVO3 reduces overall chemical usage and chlorine demand by 50% or more, cutting overall chemical costs. It also extends the life of salt chlorination systems.
- Natural and Environmentally Friendly – HydroRite UVO3 reduces overall chemical usage to provide a more natural, environmentally friendly sanitization method.
- Exclusive – Hayward HydroRite UVO3 is an EXPERT LINE product, available exclusively through pool professionals.
- Innovative Technology – HydroRite UVO3 supports the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) for use as a supplementary disinfection system.
Give your pool a BIG boost with a Hayward HydroRite UVO3 Advanced Water Treatment system. Gain additional health and safety benefits and reduce chlorine use in your traditional chlorine or salt water residential or commercial pool and spa. Learn more about the benefits of Hayward HydroRite UVO3, by contacting your local Hayward Pool Professional.
Hayward’s Above Ground Variable Speed Pool Pump Leads the Way in Energy Efficiency
Do you own an above ground pool? They can provide a great deal of fun and family enjoyment at a budget-friendly cost. Do you wish you could take advantage of energy-efficient variable-speed pump technology in your above ground pool? Now, you can! Save energy and money with the Hayward PowerFlo VS 300 above ground variable-speed pump.
Above Ground and Above Average
PowerFlo VS 300 is everything you’ve come to expect from Hayward, and more! You already know you can count on Hayward pumps to be engineered for dependability and performance. As an industry leader, Hayward offers above ground pool pumps that are designed to stand up to today’s most demanding installations. Now, Hayward is leading the charge for energy savings in above ground variable-speed pumps.
It’s time for an upgrade! The advantages of variable-speed pumps over single-speed pumps are well known. Variable-speed pool pumps save up to 80% on energy costs — often paying for themselves within only two seasons of usage. You can add to those savings with exceptional rebates. While previously only available for in-ground pools, above ground pool owners can now take advantage of incredible variable-speed technology.
Not only is the PowerFlo VS 300 designed for maximum energy efficiency, but it also runs quieter for an overall better backyard pool experience. With the PowerFlo VS 300, you can feel great about huge energy savings while your family enjoys a quieter, more relaxing backyard pool environment.
Coming in First
You can count on Hayward to offer the most advanced and innovative pool products! The PowerFlo VS 300 is the first above ground variable-speed pump to be listed under the Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 specifications. It’s also an exclusive Hayward EXPERT LINE product. EXPERT LINE products benefit from enhancements like a professional installation. extended or longer warranties and additional Totally Hayward Partner Program points
Below are the many features and benefits of Hayward’s PowerFlo VS 300 above ground variable-speed pool pumps:
PowerFlo VS 300 – Key Features
- A permanent magnet, totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) motor provides maximum energy efficiency and long-lasting performance
- 2-year warranty
- It’s engineered for incredibly quiet operation
- A built-in controller featuring an LED screen and keypad for easy operation
- 1.5 horsepower motor, wired for standard 115V power, 3-foot cord length
PowerFlo VS 300 – Key Benefits
- ENERGY STAR rated
- PowerFlo VS 300 is designed for maximum efficiency
- Provides up to 80% energy savings over single-speed pumps
- Often pays for itself within two seasons of usage
- May be eligible for rebates from your local utility company
- Minimized poolside noise for a more relaxing backyard experience
- Incredibly quiet operation, especially at lower speeds
Operation made easy
- Simple, intuitive operation
- Equipped with a built-in controller, LED screen, and keypad
- Easy maintenance with large strainer basket
Additional Savings Offers
Check with your local utility company or energy efficiency service providers for additional utility rebates. Pool owners who purchase energy efficient pool equipment, like Hayward PowerFlo VS 300 variable speed pool pumps, may qualify for a substantial rebate.
Contact your local Hayward Dealer for more information and to see the PowerFlo VS 300 in person.
Shocking your pool is a great way to bring things back into balance. You’ll enjoy the pleasures of swimming in crystal clear pool water by regularly maintaining and shocking your pool. Shocking your pool breaks up combined chlorine (chlorine + contaminants).
When testing your pool’s chlorine level, it is important to first understand how chlorine is classified.
- Free Chlorine: The desirable chlorine available to sanitize or disinfect the water.
- Combined Chlorine: Undesirable, bad-smelling chloramines that form when not enough free chlorine is present to overcome the chlorine demand.
- Total Chlorine: The total amount which includes both free and combined chlorine.
How Shocking your Pool Works
- Contaminants can get into pools and combine with chlorine. If the free chlorine level is not concentrated enough, it can cause the contaminant to become inert without fully removing it.
- Combined chlorine (or chloramines) are ineffective in breaking down harmful bacteria and undesirable organisms. Shocking a pool elevates the free chlorine level to 5-10 ppm.
- Elevated levels of free chlorine break up combined chlorine.
- Once your pool has been shocked, the water will be clean, clear, and safe for your family to enjoy.
Shocking your Pool FAQ
When is it time to shock your pool?
- Every couple of weeks during the swimming season.
- When your pool is outside of the recommended free chlorine levels of 1-3 ppm. Shocking your pool will raise the chlorine level.
What about a salt pool?
Yes, even salt pools need a little help once in a while. Salt water pools utilize a chlorine generator to convert salt into chlorine. You can adjust the generator to increase the level of chlorine produced to counteract higher chlorine demands caused by contaminants. However, even salt water pools need to be shocked when the generator cannot keep up with a heavy load of contamination.
When should you shock your pool?
Regular pool maintenance is essential for healthy, efficient, and economical pool operation. For best results, experts recommend shocking your pool when these circumstances occur:
- Sun Down – You’ll want to shock your pool in the evening when the sun has gone down. This gives your pool plenty of time during the night to free the chlorine and clean the water. In the morning, you should be able to enjoy your pool. If you shock your pool during the day, the sun’s UV rays will dissolve the chlorine.
- Opening Day – Before the kids jump in for the new season, you should clean and shock your pool. Over the winter or during times of disuse, algae have a tendency to grow. Make sure the pool water is clean, clear, and healthy for your family before opening day.
- Party! – The big annual neighborhood pool party will take its toll on your pool water. All those active bodies carry bacteria and the pool’s chlorine has a hard time keeping up. Free chlorine levels drop dramatically after times of heavy use, so bring it back up to normal levels by shocking your pool.
- Stormy Weather – Spring and summer bring periods of high winds and heavy rains. Combat the changes in your pool water by cleaning your pool and adding shock. This will remove contaminants and bring the pH levels up. You’ll want to reduce the water level to normal before adding shock.
- Sunny Days– Summer brings the perfect pool weather! But when the days are hot and sunny for long periods of time, the pool water chemistry can be affected. Your pool’s chlorine will combine with contaminants and bacteria and other dangerous organisms will grow as temperatures rise. Bring your water chemistry back into balance. Shock your pool to break up the combined chlorine and release it back to free chlorine.
- Closing Time – Nobody likes it, but at some point, most pool owners will say “Adios!” to pool season. When the time comes, think ahead by cleaning and shocking your pool. You’ll be glad you did it! Next year, when the new pool season comes, you’ll have a head-start on opening your pool.
How do I shock my pool?
Shocking your pool is a fairly simple process. Before you begin, uncover your pool, skim the pool, vacuum the sediment, and brush the walls, floor and coves. Before adding shock, you’ll want to protect yourself with the appropriate gear; which includes protective goggles, gloves, and work clothes.
- Check that the pH levels in your pool are balanced
- Prepare shock ahead of time in a 5-gallon bucket of pool water and stir.
- Ensure the pool pump is running. Pour the mixture from the bucket into the water around the edges of the pool.
- Let the pump run for about 6 hours or more and test the water. Don’t use the pool right away – wait for the free chlorine levels to drop to 1 – 3 ppm before it is safe to swim.
When water tests okay, you are ready to go – dive right in!
Do you plan on adding a new pool to your backyard or want to make updates to an existing pool? If so, it makes good sense to prepare a budget. You’ll want to make good equipment choices that save money and energy to maximize your investment. This alone can result in a beautiful and efficient backyard environment with more bang for your buck.
Here are some helpful pool budgeting tips to get you started.
Save Energy & Money
Your pool equipment choices can reduce greenhouse gases while also saving you money — making a difference in our environment and your wallet.
Pool owners can maximize energy savings by using technologically advanced pool products such as TriStar VS Omni. These products are designed to operate efficiently and to use green technology in their manufacturing process. Consider professional installation and maintenance to reduce the chance of mistakes — which can result in unforeseen expenses down the line.
Save with Hayward Energy Solutions
Hayward Energy Solutions can save pool owners up to 90% on their pool energy costs. We’re committed to saving energy with our line-up of efficient pool products. Each piece of equipment is extremely energy efficient on its own — working together, they reach an entirely new level of efficiency. When paired with regular pool maintenance, Hayward equipment helps to reduce the energy required to operate your pool:
- Variable-speed pool pumps deliver amazing energy savings, especially when paired with an automation control. Variable speed pumps save energy by matching the pump flow to a pool’s needs, rather than running at full power 100% of the time. In fact, Hayward variable speed pool pumps save up to 90% on energy costs as compared to single speed pumps.
- Pool cleaners save time and energy, offering the ultimate in cleaning efficiency. Hayward’s advanced pool cleaner technology provides maximum power at almost any flow.
FUN FACT: Our robotic pool cleaners use about the same energy as an incandescent bulb and can operate even when a pool’s filtration equipment is turned off.
- Pool filters capture dirt and debris, ensuring pool water is clean and clear. Hayward’s large-capacity cartridge filters save up to 92% of the backwash water used with traditional filters. The filter elements can be easily removed and cleaned with only a garden hose.
- Automatic pool sanitization systems, including salt chlorination and UV/Ozone, reduce overall chlorine use by 50% or more. Hayward offers a wide variety of high quality, long-life sanitization systems to meet the long-term needs of pool owners. Save up to 70% on energy costs by automating pool and spa functions.
- Do you often host social gatherings that must ‘wow” your guests? In this case, water features might shift from a luxury item into a pool budget essential. Water features can be customized to create effects for the ultimate in backyard ambiance. Hayward water features, including deck jets, sheers, and bubblers, are flexible to meet pool owners’ needs and are engineered for maximum efficiency and unmatched performance.
- Pool automation takes the work out of owning a pool and spa by automating all work-intensive functions, such as sanitization, balancing pH, cleaning, and filtration. Hayward’s industry-leading automation is the ultimate energy and money saver – automating essential pool and spa functions can save pool owners up to 70% on a pool’s energy costs. Click here to discover the power of OmniLogic technology.
Check out MyDreamPool.com to plan and budget your next full-scale pool project.
Save Big – Replace Your Single Speed Pump
Since pool pumps are a pool’s biggest energy user, pool owners can make the biggest energy impact by replacing their single speed pump. Here are the savings, according to EPA ENERGY STAR:
- Annual savings of $350 and significantly more savings for pools that are used year-round
- Lifetime savings of $1,000+
- Pay for themselves in under 2 years
- Prolong the life of the pool’s filtration system
Hayward variable-speed pool pumps are ENERGY STAR certified and run at different speeds, depending on the needs of the pool. In fact, a pump that runs at half speed uses only one-eighth as much energy. Variable-speed pool pumps are also quieter than standard pumps, enhancing your family’s backyard pool experience.
TIP: Hayward TriStar VS pumps are the most energy efficient pool pumps among leading brands, according to EPA ENERGY STAR.
Rebate Programs Save Money
Pool owners may be able to score even more pool budgeting savings with these valuable rebate programs:
- Local utility companies and energy efficiency service providers frequently offer incentives on pool equipment including ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps. Find out if your local utility offers an incentive – click here and select your state to see the current rebates.
- Hayward offers seasonal rebate programs to buyers of variable-speed pool pumps and many other energy-efficient products. Click here to access the Hayward Rebate Center.
Maximize your Pool Investment
Take advantage of the offseason – develop your pool budget now to include energy-efficient pool equipment. You’ll maximize your swimming pool investment by choosing the right products.
Contact your local Hayward Dealer to get help selecting the right products for your pool setup.
A beautiful and functional backyard pool environment is a pleasure to behold. When pool landscaping is well designed and compliments your home and pool, it adds enjoyment and value. Let’s look at ways you can be successful when landscaping around your backyard swimming pool.
Landscaping your Pool – Terms to know
- Landscaping: the process of making a yard or other piece of land more attractive by altering the existing design, adding ornamental features, and planting trees and shrubs.
- Hardscaping: the man-made features used in landscape architecture, e.g. paths or walls, as contrasted with vegetation.
Whether you’re adding new plants to an existing backyard or designing a brand new pool oasis, you’ll want to make careful material choices. Take into account both aesthetic and function.
Consider all the elements that make up your new oasis. The swimming pool is the focal point of your yard, but take inspiration from your home when designing. Landscaping and hardscaping work together to provide a functional, attractive space around the pool.
Follow local building codes for built elements such as decks, patios, and paths. Use quality hardscaping materials that will be durable, will hold up in your climate and will perform well when adjacent to your pool.
Pool pros recommend a variety of materials that will be comfortable under bare feet, and long-lasting. These can include concrete, terrazzo, wood decking, and stone.
Balance the hard surfaces around your pool with the softening effects of landscaping. Plants add liveliness and interest with height, color, and movement.
Evaluate your existing yard and include any valuable plants and trees in your future plans. Then add new plants that are suitable for your growing zone, are resilient around pools, and don’t shed.
Planting beds should not be right next to the pool. Instead, movable potted flowers and plants can be placed near the pool to add a pop of color and texture.
Design the yard so that runoff goes around and not into your pool – this is an area where a professional pool builder and landscape architect will really shine and save you from big headaches down the road.
Include an automatic irrigation system or a conveniently located hose bib in your plan for reliable watering. You can store a basic set of gardening tools nearby your pool for quick pick-ups and trims.
Regular yard maintenance will minimize debris finding its way into your pool. Pool covers also help to reduce debris in the pool, as well as providing energy savings and a measure of safety.
Pool and backyard lighting will make your yard come alive at night. Up-light your trees and bold plants for a dramatic effect. Light the pool and paths for comfort and safety. You can extend your family’s swimming time by several hours each day just by including lighting in your pool. Well-designed lighting adds sparkle and personality to an otherwise ordinary yard.
Pool Landscaping Adds Beauty & Functionality
Aesthetics matters a lot when creating your backyard paradise. You’ll be happier when surrounded by things of beauty that work well. Get inspired by beautiful photos of pool landscaping on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, and www.mydreampool.com.
Surround yourself with plants that you love, and grow well in your yard. Flowers, foliage, and branches provide functional benefits as well.
Trees can provide shade for a nearby child’s playground or summer meals out on the patio. Bushes may screen deck boxes and pool equipment or provide privacy from nearby neighbors. Vines can climb pergolas and walls to create a sense of enclosure and intimacy.
Check your climate zone. Not all plants work well in all climates, so plan accordingly.
- Use broad-leaved plants (oak, maple, elm) and evergreen plants (hemlock, blue spruce, white pine) in northern climates to provide year-round form and color, as well as reliable shelter for backyard birds
- Add succulent plants for success in arid climates where rainfall is not reliable
- Perennial native plants are an economical, long-lasting choice in all climates
- Check with your landscape designer or local plant store for advice
Pool Landscaping Do’s and Don’ts – Choosing Plants
The primary consideration when choosing plants near pools is to avoid those that shed and drop debris in the pool. For this reason, lawns and planting beds should not be adjacent to the pool.
For a successful start, plants also need the proper growing environment. Prepare the planting beds and amend the soil with organic material, as needed. Here are some tips for choosing plants:
- Plants that are sun-lovers
- Plants that are drought-tolerant
- Plants that are ornamental grasses, especially native plants
- Plants that are evergreen shrubs and trees
- Plants that are ivy and other hardy ground covers
- Plants that are succulents and tropical plants (check your USDA Hardiness Zone)
- Pots and planters with colorful annual flowers (water frequently)
You don’t want:
- Plants that are messy, dropping leaves and debris in the pool
- Plants that bear fruit
- Plants with lots of flowers
- Plants with deep root systems
- Plants that require lots of water
- Big trees and plants that provide too much shade on your pool
- Plants that attract stinging insects like wasps and some bees
- Plants with thorns and sharp foliage that can cut pets and people
- Plants that will grow too big, taking up space and blocking the view
- Plants that are not compatible with chlorinated pool water
- Plants that are poisonous or harmful to pets and people
Get started designing your own pool landscaping! See beautiful and functional pool landscaping ideas on our pool inspiration website MyDreamPool.com, and on our social media sites: Instagram, Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest.
As many of you may know, we held our big annual Dealer Conference earlier this month. This year’s conference was held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. While Latham does host some educational content in our Breakout Sessions to prepare for the new year, the conference is designed to award our dealers for outstanding work and brand loyalty.