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We live in a digital world. We don’t even think about it anymore; our apps and the variety of devices that keep us connected to them are simply how we conduct business. If you are under the age of 30, you have pretty much always had these conveniences at your fingertips. The rest of us at least remember a time and recognize how automation has revolutionized our ability to communicate.

So the ways we: bank, interact with friends, broadcast information about our lives, take pictures and videos, make phone calls, create grocery lists with QR code scanners, track our fitness goals, get directions, play music, browse real estate, and shop – to mention a few – is literally in the palm of our hand. We don’t even always have to type the request, sometimes we can just say, “Hey, Siri”!

There’s literally no end to our ability to access information. Our newly rigged smart homes keep us safe from intruders and even allow us to keep an eye on our pets while we’re at the office. With a smart phone at your side, you can practically rule the world! Or at least manage your life pretty proficiently.

Smart Pools

As a pool financing company, we love the technological evolution we’ve seen in our industry too. When you get to operate the maintenance tasks of your backyard pool more capably, that gives you all the more time to enjoy it.

Today you can sit poolside and use a variety of apps to:

  • Run your pool equipment during off-peak hours
  • Schedule a series of shorter cycles for efficiency
  • Cue the fountains, spa jets, lighting effects, and audio system

Wi-Fi enabled products connect to your smartphone to automate aspects of your pool maintenance and lighting by installing smart switches. With smart switches you can control your pool’s functions, that includes your automatic swimming pool cover and the pool’s heater.

To remain really plugged in to your pool, consider smart pool monitors to accurately maintain the all-important chemical balance. With notifications sent directly to your phone, you’ll know exactly what it wants so you don’t over or under treat. These monitors assess your pool’s health as to:

  • Water hardness
  • Chlorine levels
  • Alkalinity

A small floatation device transmits the data via a Bluetooth connection. Your pool will then tell you just what it needs when it needs it. It will also track and dispense purification chemicals. Remove the guesswork from pool maintenance, and you’ll extend the longevity of the hardware that supports it while keeping your family safe.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

The message here is: don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Those low-riding, round vacuums for your home that suck up dirt and pet hair while you’re out of the house at first looked silly, but then figure that this device is running on its own for about 90 minutes, covering all your floor surfaces. When was the last time you vacuumed for an hour and a half?

Cleaning the pool is a complaint not uncommon to pool owners who say cleaning their swimming pool is a hassle. However, with high-performance robotic pool cleaners you can have your pool and your home vacuumed at the same time! Set to run daily, you can really keep ahead of those major pool cleanings by easily maintaining this time-consuming task. These powerful suction machines roam the entire interior surface: walls, floor, steps. Programming will alert you as to the time it will require to finish the job. You can even add this to your list of smartphone-controlled devices!

And in More Pool News

It’s not just pool technology that has taken a dive into the deep end. It’s how they are built that has changed how we see the modern pool. Check out TV shows like Pool Kings and Extreme Pools. If you enjoy a good HGTV-type renovation or high-end construction project, get a load of some amazing feats in every oasis Lucas Lagoons creates. Their unique pool designs and natural rock lagoons are transformative.

In their show on Animal Planet, Insane Pools: Off the Deep End, they leverage a battery of equipment and ingenuity to make the backyards of homeowners’ aesthetically pleasing, but also to solve problems. The price points of their creations are not necessarily possible for many people, but what they do is testament to imagination that has no bounds.

On one episode, they installed soaring waterfalls that cascaded from dizzying heights alongside elevated planters that reflected on the water’s surface. The pool itself not only showcased infinity edges that appeared to fall off the edge of the earth into an adjacent, natural body of water, but it included a sunken outdoor kitchen in one corner of the pool framed by a swim up bar. This handy set-up was a short swim to an actual man-made island that was built inside the pool. The price tag was $600,000 and it took 16 weeks to complete, but it made a dream into a reality.

In another episode, a pool’s grotto setting was surrounded by vegetation indigenous to the region. It was designed to build a natural acoustic barrier to road noise from a nearby parkway. Soaring trees were added in the background to block the view of an unsightly neighboring home and to also provide privacy to the refuge.

At the End of the Day

It goes without saying that our lives are busy. Perhaps the very same technology that makes our lives easier is also the reason it all moves much faster. Bosses and clients can reach us anywhere we are – our email icons stare us in the face, whether or not we have notifications turned on. We are called, texted, and messaged – that can make it hard to have downtime.

That’s why automating your pool’s functionality is all the more important. Take the time you can to do the things you want. Life is short. Have as much fun as possible. Enjoy your friends, family, and your pool season in a healthy and effectual manner!

Our swimming pool financing company only works with the finest pool contractor professionals who will take you step by step through the process. After almost 40 years of providing pool loans, we still love the photos we get from our clients showing us the uniquely beautiful choices they’ve made.

Lyon Financial works with families across the country to install pools, upgrade pool features, and finance all those wonderful extras – like spectacular outdoor kitchens and Baja shelves!

We love the difference we can make for your family by providing something that puts years of memories within reach. Call 877-754-5966 for more information.