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We know pool ownership can seem daunting to first-time and potential pool owners. It has many facets to it, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult as people make it out to be. Because of this, the amount of misinformation that gets spread around can deter you from having the backyard of your dreams! Parts of that misinformation are the most common myths of pool ownership, and we’d like to separate fact from myth.
MYTH 1: Pools Are Difficult to Maintain, Cost & Timewise
At the very top of the list, we have the myth that the maintenance of a pool is costly and difficult to keep up with. We are here to tell you that maintaining a pool isn’t as hard or intimidating as people think it may be.
Think about your car or lawn. Both require essential maintenance, right? You have to mow the lawn, change your oil, and do any other trivial activity to keep them in tip-top shape. However, if you let these activities go by the wayside and let small, trivial issues stack up, it becomes costly and takes more time to fix them than what could’ve been prevented in the first place. Pools operate with the same principle—As long as you’re a responsible owner and do the routine checkups, there will be nothing to worry about.
With that being said, the most common solution to maintaining a pool is to simply hire professionals to do most of the heavy lifting for you so you won’t be faced with a lot of the challenges on your own (you can even ask them if they offer Spring opening and Fall closing services). Another plan of action is to install automated pool technology to automate your cleaning regimen and control it with the touch of a button.
If you don’t choose the route of hiring professionals, you are still able to easily clean your own pool in 30 minutes or less (with some help on how to clean your pool and recommendations on pool chemicals from your pool builders). By following these easy steps, you will spend less time, money, and energy than you’ll ever spend on your lawn!
MYTH 2: The Risk of Accidents and Drownings Increase
We understand how this jumps to the top of everyone’s list when it comes to considering owning a pool. There are inherent risks included in having your own pool, but there are protocols and safeguards you can put in place to reduce risks and worry.
First off, when in doubt, have an adult around. Even with adults, make sure that every child or adult that enters the pool can swim or wear a life vest. Physical pool barriers also offer extra layers of protection and safety such as fences, pool covers, and pool alarms.
As long as you are proactive and prepare your pool area with the necessary safety features, you will rarely face an emergency.
MYTH 3: Pools Decrease Home Appeal and Real Estate Value
This myth ties back into the one above, as people assume that because a pool comes with a home, nobody will want to buy the house. This is not based on substantial data, especially for home buyers looking to purchase within the Sun Belt.
The fact is that banks actually look favorably on homes with pools. They consider it a home improvement that increases the resale value of the property. If your pool happens to be well-constructed it could even boost your home’s value by as much as 7% (especially in Florida).
MYTH 4: Inground Pools Are Too Expensive to Build
Is it true that pools are an investment? Yes, of course. However, that doesn’t mean you have to drain your life savings into building your backyard oasis.
When you find a pool builder, you can choose the style of pool that fits your taste, backyard size, and overall budget. Adding advanced features or upgraded landscaping is doable but will also add to the cost of the build. Be sure to discuss financing options if they offer them as sometimes, they can even be bundled in with your mortgage.
Aside from being in control of your budget and taste, building a pool can actually end up saving you money from the reduced cost of vacations and being able to nix membership to a recreational pool over time.
MYTH 5: Owning a Pool Leads to Higher Utility Bills
The fact behind this myth is that your utility bills are dependent upon the area in which you live, the square footage of your home, and who your provider is, so it constantly varies from one home to the next. Having a pool and keeping your utility bills low ultimately comes down to selecting the right type of equipment, like using energy-efficient pumps (like the Hayward® TriStar® Variable Speed Pumps) or energy-saving heaters (such as the Hayward® Universal H-Series). Studies have shown that even with the addition of energy-efficient pool pumps, pool owners’ utility bills on average only rise between $20-50 a month.
MYTH 6: Swimming Pools Require Constant Repair
How many people have heard this as the biggest reason not to own a pool? It’s another myth that was perpetuated by misinformation and misunderstandings of how to take care of a pool.
This connects back to the other myth we addressed above but it’s about asking the right questions to your pool builder—Which type of pool will last the longest? How long have they been building pools? What type of maintenance routine will be needed? —those types of questions will help you find builders that will install quality pools. The vetting of builders paired with proper cleaning and maintenance will help prevent the need for repairs.
Final Facts to Consider
We’ve gone through the list of the most common myths about pool ownership. We’ve given you tools to start your research into what you’ll need. We’ve even highlighted how owning a pool can make your life easier (and potentially save money!). At the end of the day, we believe a pool can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. You get to have a backyard oasis that acts as a space for both entertainment and relaxation for the whole family.
Contact your local Hayward Dealer to get help selecting the right products for your future pool setup.
Looking for a bright idea? Enhance your backyard pool with lighting!
For most pool owners, having their own backyard pool with lighting is a must. After all, lighting enhances your backyard’s ambiance, visibility, and safety. And during the shorter days of spring and fall, lighting extends pool time into the early mornings and evenings. Not surprisingly, lighting is at the top of the wish list for most pool owners. Let’s explore the ways and whys of enhancing your backyard pool with lighting.
Style, Security, and Safety
You can enhance your backyard pool by including lighting to bring a higher level of style, security, and safety to your home. Although most of us are aware of how lighting makes our pool, spa, and yard more attractive, we sometimes forget that lighting also improves our security and safety.
Lighting Enhances Backyard Ambiance
What a view! Lighting exposes all those beautiful details and shows off an amazing view of your pool and yard from in the pool, on the patio, or even from the house. Notice how pool lighting enhances your swimming and backyard experience by adding depth, mystery, and drama. Not only that, but accent lighting adds to the ambiance by illuminating special features:
- Transitions, such as pool and spa steps and Baja shelves
- Water Features, such as fountains and waterfalls
- Fire Features
- Architectural Elements
- Landscape Elements, such as planters and paths
Are you interested in blending pool lighting with bubblers, deck jets, and other water features? Read our blog article Sparkle and Shine: Adding Swimming Pool Lighting and Water Features to learn more about combining lighting with water features for a stunning effect.
Lighting Enhances Backyard Security and Safety
Watch that step! If your backyard and pool are not well lit, the potential for mishaps is great. Lighting vastly improves contrast and night-time visibility for children, adults, and pets. It enhances security by providing the ability to see your property at all times of day and night. Lighting also increases safety by revealing surfaces, depth, and transitional areas that would otherwise be hard to see.
With the addition of pool and backyard lighting, you’ll appreciate your beautiful outdoor environment, even when it’s dark out. Your family’s recreational time and entertaining options will notably expand into the evening with the addition of pool lighting. Enjoy a night-time or early morning swim enhanced by ambient lighting! What a healthy way to unwind after work or to jump-start the day.
Versatile Hayward Lighting to Suit You
Versatile Hayward pool, spa and backyard lights add sparkle and flair for an outdoor ambiance that’s uniquely yours. Read about all the options, from bright white lights to low-voltage LED retrofits and amazing automated and timed color lights.
With Hayward energy efficient, UL-listed LED lighting, you can add mood changing brilliance to your backyard paradise. Browse our lighting product options here. Hayward offers a full selection of lighting products, including every possible pool, spa, and backyard lighting option to suit your needs. Light your steps, tanning shelves, niches, walls, landscaping, water features, and even hard-to-reach locations for the ultimate in drama.
Transform your pool from Boring to Bright. If your pool needs a long-overdue lighting upgrade, consider Hayward CrystaLogic and ColorLogic LED pool and spa lights. Or replace old incandescent bulbs with ColorLogic replacement bulbs, the quickest and most cost-effective way to upgrade standard incandescent wall and floor pool lights.
Discover the Power of Color with expertly coordinated exciting color-changing shows. Imagine your backyard pool in classic sea blue, sky blue, or royal blue. Or compose the perfect theme for any occasion, with playful, customized lighting options for holidays, birthdays, or game days. Vibrant party themes expand your color options from emerald green and flamingo pink to warm red and more. Hayward ColorLogic family of lights offers many advantages:
- Low voltage
- UL-listed for safe wall and floor installation
- Last 10 times longer than incandescent lights
- Full-size lights are 100% brighter than any other color LED light
- Save up to 86% on energy cost
Our 1 ½” lights can be used to highlight water features, Baja shelves, steps, benches, and landscaping. Watch our ColorLogic LED Lighting video here.
Bright Idea for a Stylish Pool
Enhance your pool, spa, and backyard now by adding or upgrading your lighting. Choosing Hayward advanced pool lighting is a bright idea you can implement now to create a stylish, safe, and secure backyard paradise. In addition, our lighting products extend your pool time, so they provide great value. Hayward lighting is technologically advanced and energy efficient for long-term savings.
Learn how Hayward lighting can make all the difference for your backyard – find your local Hayward Dealer by entering your zip code on our website Dealer Locator. Visit MyDreamPool.com to see exciting examples of stylish pool, spa, and backyard lighting and call your local Hayward Dealer today.
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Come fall, the benefits of a heated swimming pool become clearly evident. The cooler days and even cooler evenings of fall can bring an abrupt stop to healthy outdoor activity. Don’t move indoors just yet! Cooler weather shouldn’t stop you from using your pool. Extend your pool time with a heated swimming pool.
You can add a pool heater to your current unheated pool and extend the fun well into the fall and beyond. A quality heater can take your pool from chilly to comfortable in a matter of minutes, regardless of the season. Enjoy more opportunities to exercise, relax and socialize at your own heated swimming pool.
Exercise, Relax, and Socialize in your own Heated Pool
Heated swimming pools offer many benefits for exercise, relaxation, and socialization.
A heated pool is so inviting! This is especially the case when the daily temperatures begin to drop. As days become shorter and the sun goes down earlier, you can still enjoy a late afternoon or evening swim with the help of a pool heater. A heated pool extends your pool use into cool evenings and into the cooler fall season. In fact, a pool heater enables you to use your pool, regardless of the outdoor temperature.
With a heated backyard pool, you’ll get more time to enjoy the health benefits of exercise, relaxation and fresh air. Imagine a refreshing swim after a challenging day at work or school. Heated pool water helps to relax sore muscles and provides a soothing environment after a long day. Increase your time exercising and reduce your stress level with the help of a heated pool. Not only that, but a heated pool becomes your own private social center to enjoy with friends and family.
Top Five Reasons to Heat your Pool
What are the most compelling reasons to heat your backyard swimming pool?
Five Reasons to Heat your Pool
1. Allows for year-round outdoor pool use, regardless of season
2. Extends your pool time into the evening and fall season
3. Increases your access to the health benefits of outdoor exercise
4. Improves your family’s together-time, outdoor lifestyle, and social life
5. Increases the value of your pool and home
How to Heat Your Pool
What is the best way to heat your swimming pool?
There are several options, including adding a heater or a heat pump to your backyard pool. A heater will maintain your water at a comfortable temperature, regardless of the air temperature. Hayward offers the best solutions for heating your pool – Contact your local Hayward Dealer to learn about the equipment options, benefits, and cost.
Visit our website resources to see our advanced, energy-efficient pool heaters, including our NEW Hayward Universal HC Series, the industry’s smallest footprint heater. This durable, dual-fuel, ultra-powerful heater is thoughtfully engineered with easy drop-in capability in mind. In addition to being a great addition to unheated pools, the Universal HC Series also allows for replacement of almost any heater in an existing pool pad. Installation is easy in any environment and it fits seamlessly into smaller pads and tight spaces.
Did you know? Safe temperatures for swimming depend on the type of activity. Pool water should not be too hot or too cold. This is especially the case for pregnant women, children, and people with medical concerns.
The World Health Organization recommends water temperatures of 78 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit for moderate physical activity. Competitive swimmers compete in water temperatures of 77 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the U.S. Masters Swimming rules.
How to Save Money and Energy
How can you save money and conserve energy when heating your pool?
Start by selecting the right equipment for your specific pool. Choose equipment that is reliable, durable, and energy-efficient for greater savings over the long-term. Size your heater appropriately. Typically, the best heater size is related to the surface area of the pool and the average temperature variance between the pool and air. However, a larger heater may be warranted if you need to bring your pool up to temperature quickly. Maintaining your pool and equipment will also go a long way to saving money and energy.
Six Tips for Saving Money and Energy when Heating your Pool
1. Choose and install energy-efficient, properly sized equipment from a reputable dealer.
2. Keep your pool at a comfortable level consistent with fuel conservation practices.
3. Keep your filter clean and regularly maintain your pool.
4. Schedule an annual heater check-up with your local pool pro.
5. Use a pool cover during periods of non-use to reduce heat loss.
6. Provide a wind break to minimize heat loss from wind.
For more tips, visit the helpful U.S. Department of Energy site Swimming Pool Heating.
Don’t let the cooler weather stop you from using your backyard pool. Hayward’s award winning, industry-leading technology takes energy-efficient pool heating to a higher level. Contact your local Hayward Dealer to add a pool heater and you’ll be able to extend the fun well into the fall and beyond. Enjoy many more opportunities to exercise, relax and socialize outdoors with your own heated swimming pool.
Hurricane information and resources can be beneficial to US coastal residents in areas affected by hurricanes. These powerful storms can pose a significant risk, causing loss of life and property from winds, precipitation, and storm surges in coastal areas. Let’s take a look at how hurricanes form, how they affect coastal communities, and what residents can do to minimize storm impact on homes and swimming pools.
Powerful and dangerous storms
Hurricanes are powerful storms that form over the ocean when ocean waters and air are warm. When these storms reach speeds of at least 74 mph, they are called a ‘hurricane’. The storm’s wind speed determines the hurricane category, from Category 1 (up to 95 mph) to Category 5 (over 157 mph). Storms in the Atlantic Ocean that develop into hurricanes occur roughly around June 1st through November 30th . Hurricane Season in the Pacific Ocean occurs from about May 15th through November 30th.
When these storms reach land, they begin to lose power but they bring torrential rainfall, destructive winds, and deadly storm surges (abnormal rise in the level of water). In addition, they may spawn tornadoes. Hurricanes cause severe damage, deaths, homelessness, loss of business, and outbound migration.
Helpful hurricane information and resources
Before, during and after a hurricane, affected homeowners have much to deal with. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by hurricanes as they navigate this difficult time.
When the time comes to recover your pool, remember that local Hayward pool pros are a great resource for hurricane-related pool questions. Contact your Hayward dealer for information about preparing your pool for hurricanes and getting your pool up and running after a hurricane hits. Find your local Hayward Dealer by entering your zip code here.
If your pool equipment has been exposed to flood water, call a Hayward pro to have it inspected for damage. Multiple components may be affected and they may need to be replaced. Exposure to flood water is not covered under manufacturer’s warranty.
You can also find helpful tips from many online sources. Read these informative blog articles and online hurricane information and resources to learn more about the effects of hurricanes, how you can prepare and stay safe during a hurricane, and how you can recover after a hurricane:
Flooded Pool Recovery Tips
Guidelines for Pool Equipment Exposed to Flood Water
Hurricane Preparedness and Response
Hurricane Safety and Returning Home
Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources
Prepare for a Hurricane
Rain Affects Pool Water
Hurricanes in history
On average, 2 hurricanes form over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico in a typical hurricane season. Although many coastal areas can be affected by hurricanes, about 40% of US hurricanes make landfall in Florida. The majority of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes make landfall in Florida or Texas.
Did You Know? The deadliest hurricane occurred in 1900 when a Category 4 storm buffeted Galveston, Texas. The island was hit with 130 mph winds, a 15-foot storm surge and 8 to 15-foot waves. As a result, about 8,000 lives were lost. Following the hurricane, the city built a seawall and raised the level of new buildings.
In more recent history, Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 storm, hit Louisiana in 2005 causing over 1,800 deaths. In addition, over 1 million people were displaced. It was also the costliest US hurricane on record. Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, made landfall in Texas in 2017. The slow-moving storm caused catastrophic flooding and over 100 deaths. Just last year in 2020,
Hurricane Laura brought extreme winds and rainfall and took 77 lives when it made landfall in Louisiana. It was a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest hurricane on record to hit Louisiana, with a storm surge of 17-feet.
Arthur, Ana or Alex: How hurricanes are named
The naming of hurricanes by the National Hurricane Center began in 1953. At the time, and for many years after, all storms were given women’s names. This practice ended in 1978 when men’s names were added to the mix.
Currently, the World Meteorological Association, an agency of the United Nations, is in charge of hurricane naming. Hurricanes are named alphabetically, starting each season with A and continuing throughout the season. In the recent past, the names Arthur, Ana, Alex, Arlene, Alberto and Andrea have been the names assigned to the first Atlantic hurricanes of the season.
Interestingly, the list of names is recycled every six years. The only exception to the recycling of storm names is when names are retired. This only happens when hurricanes result in extreme destruction and death. The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee is responsible for choosing the names that will be removed from future lists. 93 names have been retired in the history of naming hurricanes, including Laura, Eta and Iota in 2020. Storms in 2021 will have the same names as hurricanes in 2015.
Hurricane Names for 2021
These are the names that will be used in the coming Atlantic hurricane season: Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda. If needed, a supplemental list of names will be applied if it is a very active hurricane season.
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If you’re a backyard pool owner, you’ll want to vacuum your above-ground pool on a regular basis during the swimming season for a clean, healthful swimming experience. Because debris is unpleasant and can cause unhealthy algae growth, it’s a good idea to stay on top of your pool cleaning schedule. Pool pros recommend pool cleaning at least once a week during the swimming season.
You can use a manual vacuum or a time saving automatic pool cleaner to do the job. Or you can hire a pool pro to keep your pool in top condition. Of these three pool cleaning methods, a manual vacuum is the most economical but it requires the most time and energy.
Tip: Covering your pool between uses will go a long way toward minimizing pool debris.
What to do Before Vacuuming your Above-Ground Pool
Brush the Pool Walls
Begin the pool cleaning process by brushing the walls of your pool to remove dirt, algae, and debris, paying special attention to the water line. For best results, do this the night before you vacuum the pool. Allow the resulting debris to drop to the bottom of the pool where it can be vacuumed later.
Inspect the Pool and Equipment
While you’re at it, take some time to inspect your above-ground pool and its equipment. Walk around your pool and inspect it for any potential problems, such as cracks, damage, or obstructions. This simple step could help to identify potential issues that could become more serious and expensive to repair later on.
Remove Trash and Debris
Take a garbage can with you and remove trash and other debris that tends to collect around the exterior of the pool walls.
Remove any toys, floats, or other items from the pool. If they are damaged, repair them or throw them away. If they’re a bit dirty, give them a spray or light brushing up to keep them fresh. Set them out in the sun to dry off and then store them for future use.
Skim the Water
It’s a good idea to quickly skim the top of the water to remove floating surface debris. While you’re at it, check the skimmer for any debris lodged there and remove it. Now you’re ready to vacuum your above-ground pool.
5 Easy Steps to Vacuuming Your Above-Ground Pool
- Get your pool ready
Check to see that your pool pump and filter are operating and the settings are appropriate. If there is a lot of debris in the pool, adjust the filter settings to pump water out of the pool. If your filter doesn’t have a waste option, you’ll need to pay special attention to the filter during and after vacuuming the pool.
- Get your pool cleaner ready
Get your pool cleaner ready for action by inspecting it. A cleaner that’s in good condition will do a better job of cleaning your pool. In addition, maintaining your cleaner will increase its life and save you money in the long run. If you’re using an automatic cleaner, inspect it for any potential issues, paying special attention to the condition of the power cord, wheels, and cleaning surfaces.
- Manual Vacuum: Assemble the various parts of the vacuum, including the head, hose, and possibly a skimmer vacuum plate. Attach a telescopic pole to the vacuum head.
- Automatic Pool Cleaner: Bring your cleaner over to the pool.
- Put your pool cleaner in the pool
- Manual Vacuum: Place the assembled vacuum elements in the pool and ensure the vacuum head is on the pool floor. Fill the hose completely with water. Connect the open end of the water filled hose to the return jet in the pool. If you’re using a skimmer vacuum plate, attach it to the end of the water filled hose. Cover the end of the water filled hose and put the plate in your skimmer, ensuring a good seal to maintain suction.
- Automatic Pool Cleaner: Set your automatic suction cleaner in the pool and connect it to the pool’s filtration system as described above for manual cleaners. For robotic cleaners, set the robot in the pool and turn it on.
- Vacuum your pool floor
- Manual Vacuum: Standing outside the pool, hold the telescopic pole and use long smooth strokes to vacuum the pool floor. For complete coverage, overlap the strokes a bit. Move the vacuum head slowly so that the debris remains on the pool floor and does not get kicked up. The head should be kept underwater to maintain prime. Keep an eye on the filter pressure gauge and turn off the vacuum for a few minutes if the pressure is 10 pounds over the normal running pressure. Then backwash the filter and resume vacuuming until the job is done.
- Automatic Pool Cleaner: Allow the automatic suction cleaner or robotic cleaner to run through its cleaning cycle.
Once you’re done vacuuming, clean the pump strainer basket of any debris. Backwash the filter as needed. If you used the waste setting on the filter, switch it back to filter and add water to the pool to restore the water level to normal.
- Take Care of your equipment
- Manual Vacuum: Disassemble your manual vacuum and drain the water. Rinse it and allow it to dry out before storing it for future use.
- Automatic Pool Cleaner: Rinse and dry your automatic pool cleaner. Store it safely so it’s ready to go the next time you need it.
Now test and adjust your water chemistry. Enjoy your clean pool!
As you can see, manually vacuuming your pool can be a labor intensive process. Automatic pool cleaners are a great time-saving, effortless alternative. Check out the innovative automatic pool cleaner options described below.
Not interested in vacuuming your own pool? Professional pool care experts will take care of your pool for you. In addition, they will keep your pool and its equipment in top condition. Find your local Hayward Dealer by entering your zip code in our website Dealer Locator here.
Hayward Automatic Above-Ground Pool Cleaners
Hayward offers a lineup of automatic cleaners with proven, reliable technology. We offer many exclusive innovations that drive superior performance and efficient debris management. From robotic cleaners to above-ground suction cleaners and affordable automatic suction cleaners, Hayward has above-ground pool cleaning covered.
Hayward AquaVac 250Li Cordless Robotic Cleaner
Talk about innovation! Hayward’s new AquaVac 250Li is the first cordless robotic cleaner designed especially for above-ground pools up to 30’ in diameter and shallow in-ground pools with a flat bottom. Its extended battery life lasts up to two hours and the large debris canister adds 30% more debris pickup. Its patented drive system provides complete coverage for a sparkling clean pool. You’ll also love that AquaVac 250Li is compact and lightweight for easy handling.
Robotic pool cleaners use low voltage electricity, require no booster pump, and work independently from the pool’s main filtration system. Learn more about robotic cleaners here.
Hayward Above-Ground Suction Cleaner
Wanda the Whale, Penguin, and AquaBug are your next best friends. Our above-ground suction cleaners come in three cute styles and install in less than 10 minutes without tools. They operate off the pool’s existing filtration system and feature Hayward’s exclusive SmartDrive® program steering so they won’t miss a spot. These turbine cleaners are designed to automatically clean the bottom of all above-ground and on-ground pools, regardless of their size and shape.
Hayward AquaRay Automatic Suction Cleaner
If you’re looking for an affordable automatic suction cleaner, look no further than Hayward AquaRay. Installed without tools in less than 10 minutes, its gliding motion makes it a great choice for cleaning above-ground pools. And it features only one moving part for simple reliability. AquaRay works with your existing filtration system to pull in dirt – no separate booster pump is required.
Visit our blog article Tips for Maintaining a Clean Pool for more ideas on maintaining your pool
water, surfaces, and equipment.
Here are five ways Hayward is helping pool professionals transition to new Department of Energy standards.
1. We have the broadest range of DOE-compliant pool pumps—including single-speed options.
Contrary to some industry misconceptions, many Hayward single-speed pumps are DOE-compliant and will continue to be manufactured and sold. More specifically, Hayward TriStar,® Super Pump® and MaxFlo® XL single-speed pumps 1 HP and lower meet the new DOE energy-efficiency standards and are fully compliant.
2. We’re designing product solutions that exceed the new efficiency requirements.
Hayward is the industry leader in energy efficiency. In fact, our TriStar VS 900 ultra-high efficiency pump boasts the highest WEF rating available, at a whopping 12.9.* Hayward’s new XE ultra-high efficiency pumps also offer superior efficiency at a purchase price up to 1/3 lower than similar pumps.
3. We’re focusing on education.
Hayward has taken a leadership approach to the DOE regulatory changes, working to educate both the trade and homeowners on what it means for them. By diving into new terms and concepts, explaining what they mean and why they’re important, we’re helping the trade make informed decisions about their businesses and helping homeowners make the best choices for their pools.
4. We’re making key information available.
Hayward has a dedicated DOE Resource Center at hayward.com/regulations that offers fact sheets, FAQs, videos, infographics, blog articles, whitepapers, recorded webinars, tradeshow class trainings and more. This site is updated regularly with key DOE updates, important news and other useful resources for continued help on navigating these changes.
5. We’re keeping the conversation going.
Hayward has created a dedicated email address for questions on the regulations. To get in touch with our experts, send an email to [email protected].
Visit hayward.com/regulations to learn more about Department of Energy regulatory changes.
*Claim based on TriStar® VS 900 pump rating per Dept. of Energy efficiency metrics as of June 1, 2021.
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We have three reasons why getting ahead of upcoming changes from the Department of Energy (DOE) gives your business a huge advantage. It’s not only about needing to comply, but it’s also about offering the best products possible to your loyal customers.
Selling compliant pumps is beneficial for both you & your consumers. Everybody wins when it comes to ultra-high efficiency pump models that comply with the new DOE standards. Consumers will save on energy costs and enjoy quieter performance; and you will benefit from new sales. In addition, we’re proud of our new XE Series ultra-high efficiency pumps as pool owners will be enticed by our promise of industry-leading energy savings—as well as a purchase price up to 1/3 less than equivalent variable-speed models. Not to mention, your customers will love that all our ultra-high efficiency pumps are backed by our 60-day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: if the pool owner isn’t convinced that it’s the best pump they’ve ever owned within two months, we’ll take it back and cover the equipment costs. No questions asked.
Easy pump comparisons increase customer confidence & purchase intent. One great feature of the new DOE regulations is that all newly manufactured pumps (on or after July 19, 2021) will need to clearly label their energy efficiency in the form of weighted energy factor (WEF). This standardized metric makes it easier than ever to compare one pump to another: the higher the WEF, the more efficient the pump. It’s that easy. As everyone gets accustomed to the new metric, you’ll be able to get a sense for what makes for a “good” WEF score (TriStar® VS 900 is rated #1 in energy efficiency with a whopping 12.9) and quickly compare scores across pump categories and brands.
Consumers are looking to you as a trusted source of information. This is an opportunity to earn credibility with pool owners by using your expertise to help them save money. Sure, it helps your business that you know the difference between total horsepower and hydraulic horsepower, and that you can rattle off VS pumps in descending order of WEF rating. More than that, though, this is your chance to provide consumers with both valuable information and energy-efficient, DOE-compliant products that won’t break the bank. You will have an opportunity to demonstrate top-notch customer service, and customers get the added confidence of knowing that you’ve got their backs through whatever change comes their way in the future.
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Your backyard can be anything but ordinary when it’s transformed into the oasis of your dreams, complete with a pool. It’s easy to beat the heat and find the fun when you have your own swimming pool, the ultimate summer backyard destination. Let this be the summer when you enjoy a resort oasis of recreation and relaxation, right at home.
Whether you dream of an elegant, modern retreat or an inviting kid-friendly waterpark, you’ll find something to love in the inspiring swimming pools we’ve included below. These dazzling pools truly give off a dreamy summer vibe you’ll love, so let’s dive right in!
Inspiring Swimming Pools for Dreamers
If you’re hoping to build a new backyard retreat this year, start by gathering photos of pools and backyards you love. Take inspiration from some of the most famous resorts and enchanting residential pools. Make a note of your favorites or pin pool photos to your Pinterest board. Then share your saved pool photos with your pool builder and get ready for the best summer of your life.
Finding Photos of Inspiring Swimming Pools
What are the best places to find inspiring pool photos? Here are some helpful ideas:
- When you’re on vacation, take inspiration from the residential pools and hotel pools you visit. Snap photos of the pools you want to remember.
- Flip through magazines that feature stunning pool photo galleries, such as these: Aqua Magazine, Swimming Pool, and Luxury Pools. Many home magazines feature innovative, lovely homes with stunning backyard pools. Look for Architectural Digest, Veranda, and Southern Living. Photo books are a good option too – enjoy paging through the beautiful book, Splash: The Art of Swimming. This book celebrates “the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us.”
- Search online for recent articles about residential swimming pools. These online articles feature dreamy pools to inspire you:
40 Swimming Pool Designs That Are Summoning Summer by House Beautiful
50 Beautiful Swimming Pool Designs by The Spruce
22 Stunning In-Ground Pool Designs for Your Backyard by Country Living
30 Spectacular Swimming Pools That Will Make Your Backyard Feel Like a Resort by Veranda
- When you’re on social media, head over pool profiles, such as Hayward’s Houzz and Pinterest.
- Check out the Hayward Dream Pool Gallery to see swimming pools of all shapes and sizes. Choose your general location in the US and then browse the beautiful pools in the Inspiration Gallery and Builder Showcase.
- Would you like your backyard to reflect a resort vibe? Get inspired by the amazing hotel pools here:
The Most Beautiful Hotel Pools in the World by Architectural Digest
The Best Resorts in the World by Conde Nast Traveler
The World’s Most Beautiful Hotel Pools by Forbes
Planning Your Own Dream Pool
Now that you’ve collected photos of beautiful swimming pools, it’s time to start planning your own
dream pool. Your best destination is Hayward’s MyDreamPool.com, a helpful and inspiring
website for people who want to design and build a backyard pool.
MyDreamPool.com includes inspiring photos of pools in a variety of locations and climates, but
that’s not all. In addition, the tool helps you to plan and budget for your dream pool. You can also
put together a virtual dream pool with your own backyard as a backdrop. Finally, you can find
qualified, professional pool builders in your local area.
Here are 3 easy steps to using MyDreamPool.com for planning your new swimming pool:
Step 1: When you’re ready to design your pool, jump to the Plan & Budget tab. Select your
preferred pool shape and your property type and size. The tool will display an estimated budget
for your pool. Now you can click on “Pool Features” to add lighting, water features and more cool
options to your dream pool – you will see the cost of the additional features reflected in the
Step 2: Would you like to get an idea of what your dream pool will look like in your own backyard?
You can with MyDreamPool.com. Start by uploading your backyard picture and visualize your
dream pool in context.
Step 3: Find qualified pool builders in your area by entering your zip code and pool type. The tool
will generate a list of local pool builders. Contact your local Hayward pool professional to set up an
Your backyard can be anything but ordinary this summer. Transform it into the oasis of your
dreams and make 2021 the year of the backyard pool. If you’re ready to experience some real
R&R this summer (and who isn’t?), there’s nothing that beats lounging poolside while the kids
splash around in your very own pool. Rise above the ordinary this summer and enjoy a staycation
every day; start planning your own backyard oasis, complete with a refreshing swimming pool,
The demand for backyard pools is growing as homeowners look for ways to enhance their at-home lifestyle. In fact, pools are at the center of rapidly growing consumer interest in a healthy outdoor living lifestyle. As a result, families are investing in their homes and creating backyard oases complete with beautiful backyard pools.
It’s no wonder the demand for backyard pools has skyrocketed. In the past year alone, pool sales have increased dramatically as many consumers move to larger houses with backyards. Consumers increasingly want to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle with plenty of time spent outdoors.
In addition, acceptance of the work-from-home trend has accelerated as workers have come to experience the advantages of remote work during the pandemic. Hours gained from reduced commutes have turned into free-time for recreation and relaxation. As we come out of the pandemic, we all have a much greater appreciation for the added benefits of healthy relaxation and recreation that come with our own private backyard pool.
Homeowners appreciate the many advantages of having their own backyard oasis. Many see a complete backyard, with patio, pool, kitchen and landscaping, as an investment in their family. A backyard pool offers a convenient, easy-access option for family fun and recreation. When you incorporate special features and unique materials, a backyard pool can be an attractive home investment. A beautiful backyard oasis can even offer an experience rivaling that of an exotic vacation destination.
The demand for backyard pools has also been fueled by consumer interest in safe entertainment options. Are you interested in increased health and wellness options for yourself and your family? Backyard swimming pools offer fun and healthy activities for kids and adults of all ages. Investing in a backyard pool just makes good sense. And with the availability of space-saving spools, even owners of small urban yards can get in the game.
Get Inspired About Your Own Dream Pool
It’s a very exciting time to build your own dream pool. Imagine the possibilities and partner with a professional pool builder for truly exceptional results.
If you’re just getting started, begin your pool building journey by collecting images of pools and backyards you love. Put inspirational photos in a physical or digital file folder to share with your pool builder.
Social media sites, such as Pinterest and Houzz, offer gorgeous photos you can save to your own swimming pool Boards or Ideabooks. You’ll also find lots of inspiring pools and pool equipment on Hayward’s Facebook page.
Visit Hayward’s MyDreamPool.com
Visit MyDreamPool.com, your one-stop-shop for swimming pool inspiration, planning, and budgeting. This site is more than just beautiful pools; it’s a fun tool that allows you to plan your budget and discover options that are right for your backyard and your family. Start here to budget and plan for your new escape.
Browse the Dream Pool Gallery to get inspired. You’ll see amazing pools from all over the world and from a wide variety of climates. Get ideas for your very own dream pool. Note the pool shapes and materials that appeal to you. Jot down your “must haves” as well as “would be nice” features to share with your pool builder. And, speaking of pool builders, check out the amazing “Builder Showcase Photos” too.
Plan Your Own Dream Pool Now
Are you ready to move beyond the dream phase? Make plans for your own dream pool now.
Work with a professional pool builder to brainstorm the design of your new backyard oasis. Share your expectations, budget, and inspirational pool images. Discuss the best options for your yard and your family: pool size, shape, materials, decking, lighting, water features, and automation. Your pool builder will also help you to navigate the permitting process and will be a knowledgeable partner as construction proceeds.
Hayward innovative, energy-efficient pool equipment enhances a healthy outdoor lifestyle, while also delivering high quality water, pleasant ambiance and ease of use for the ultimate backyard experience. Learn about the equipment options available from Hayward. For over 80-years Hayward has helped pool owners to have a worry-free backyard pool experience. With a complete line of technologically advanced equipment engineered to work together, Hayward is your single source solution.
As the demand for pools grows, Hayward responds by offering money-saving rebates on a number of our popular pool equipment products. You can get cash back from Hayward on products purchased from a Hayward Authorized Dealer. Backed by Hayward’s total commitment to customer satisfaction and support, your pool building experience with Hayward is sure to be exceptional.
Find your local dream pool builder here. Enter your zip code and click the “Build a Pool” button to generate a list of nearby pool pros. Give them a call to make an appointment. Your Dream Pool is well on its way to becoming a reality.
It may be hard to visualize during the cooler days of winter, but pool season is right around the corner. Now is the time to assess your backyard environment and make plans for the coming season.
Would you love your pool to sparkle and shine this year? With all the excitement of the coming season, many pool owners are looking for ways to bump up their family’s backyard experience. If you’ve been hoping to make your pool stand-out this year, consider adding Hayward’s stunning pool lighting and water features.
Adding new lighting and water features can make your pool feel truly unique, bringing a whole new look and feel to your backyard environment. In addition, swimming pool lighting can extend your family’s time outdoors and enhance visibility and safety. Controlling your new pool lighting and water features is truly effortless with Hayward’s simple and intuitive OmniLogic pool and spa controller. With the help of your local Hayward Dealer, you can easily incorporate energy-efficient, bright LED lighting and stunning water features to your backyard environment now.
Get the new pool season off to an exciting start. Learn about the innovative, new options in pool lighting and water features here.
Add Sparkle and Shine: Swimming Pool Lighting
Have you noticed how lighting adds a brilliant, sparkling effect on a pool’s water surface in the evening? It’s truly lovely and mood-lifting! And we all need that, now more than ever. Pool lighting also adds depth, mystery, and drama to enhance your swimming and backyard experience. Not only that, but lighting improves night-time visibility and safety. Swimmers are easier to see and parents appreciate that they can better monitor their children. Lights enhance contrast, discretely highlight transitional areas, and define pool steps, Baja shelves, deck areas, and pool edges.
In addition, lighting allows you to extend your pool use and fun, well past the day-time hours. After night falls, dive in for a relaxing swim enhanced with ambient lighting. Follow up with a favorite beverage poolside for a perfect end to your day.
With added lighting, you can also celebrate evening get-togethers and pool parties with friends and family. On special occasions, you’re not limited to scheduling daytime events. Surprise and delight guests with automated and timed color effects to add a playful, festive note to your special events and themed parties.
Hayward pool and spa lighting includes a range of brilliant ColorLogic and CrystaLogic LED lights with many benefits. Learn about them here:
Hayward’s NEW flexible and innovative ColorLogic LED accent lights highlight special features in your yard. For example, these small vibrant lights add sparkle and shine to steps, fountains, and bubblers. Accent lights also enable the coordination of small features with your pool and spa.
Pool & Spa Lights
Create a nighttime oasis of relaxation by adding Hayward Universal CrystaLogic, ColorLogic, and AstroLite lights to your pool and spa. With Hayward’s wide range of bright, energy-efficient lighting options, you can enjoy your backyard all day and into the night. Or retrofit your pool’s existing lighting fixtures to LED for an instant upgrade.
Add Sparkle and Shine: Water Features
Do you love the look and sound of moving water? It’s so captivating! Did you know that you can add the dynamic visual and acoustic effect of moving water to your own backyard pool? Pool water features add drama, excitement, fun, and animation to your family’s pool experience.
If you want to make your swimming pool or spa stand-out this year, take a look at Hayward’s family of water features. Our innovative water features offer a variety of effects with stunning results, especially when combined with pool lighting. Not familiar with pool water features? Learn about them here:
Consider adding deck jets and send an arching stream from your pool deck into your pool water. Add lighting for a stunning effect. The flow and direction of the water can be easily adjusted without tools on Hayward’s Deck Jet 500.
Create an elegant glass-like rod of arcing water from the pool deck to the water surface. Combine with lighting for a dramatic effect that can be enjoyed day or night. Learn about Hayward ColorLogic Laminars.
Sheers direct a curtain of water right into your backyard pool or spa. Hayward Sheer 500 can be customized in size and volume for a gentle or strong effect. They can also be installed as a straight or curved application to complement your backyard pool or spa. You can bump up the effect of a sheer by adding beauty enhancing, energy efficient white or colored LED lighting.
Bubblers send a cascading column of water from the pool surface into the air above your pool. Hayward ColorLogic Bubblers come in multiple nozzles to achieve a wide variety of water heights and widths. Highlight your bubbler with ColorLogic or CrystaLogic lighting.
Add Sparkle and Shine to your Pool and Spa
If you’re looking to enhance your pool and spa this year, look no further than Hayward’s family of advanced pool lighting and water features. Get the new pool season off to an exciting start, enhance safety, and extend your family’s time outdoors. Find your local Hayward Dealer here.
Hayward Industries is the recipient of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for energy-efficient pool products. You can be sure that your Hayward equipment is technologically advanced and will save energy for years to come.
Visit MyDreamPool.com to see exciting and inspiring pools and spas. Get ideas for making your backyard environment a really unique stand-out this year.
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