Today's technology allows you to take pool maintenance to a whole new level, automating much of the process and giving you control in the palm of your hand. Get yourself a smartphone app connected to some in-pool technology, and you're done measuring, guessing, and—let's face it—forgetting when it comes to your pool maintenance.

5 Must Haves For a Smart Pool

You have a pool, but do you have a smart pool?

Today's technology allows you to take pool maintenance to a whole new level, automating much of the process and giving you control in the palm of your hand. Get yourself a smartphone app connected to some in-pool technology, and you're done measuring, guessing, and—let's face it—forgetting when it comes to your pool maintenance.

Not all smart pool are made equal, though. Here are five items we think are absolute essentials that will put your smart pool at the head of the class.

1. Pool Chemical Monitoring

Monitoring your pool chemicals is your biggest pool maintenance chore—and the most important. Automating this function is an absolute must for any smart pool system, otherwise what's the point? If your pool still needs you to head out with a bunch of tubes and test strips, squatting down poolside once a week (or whenever you feel like getting around to it) to keep it maintained, it's not exactly smart. 

Your smart pool system should measure levels of chlorine, cyanuric acid, pH, and alkalinity at the very least, and more sophisticated monitors will track even more for you.

2. UV and Temperature Measuring for Your Pool

UV exposure accelerates the breakdown of chlorine and prevents it from keeping your pool water as clean as you'd like, and water temperature also has a major effect on how all of your pool's chemicals work together to keep things clear and swimmer-friendly. A smart pool system needs to measure and report on both temperature and UV exposure if its chemical monitoring is going to be useful. 

For heated pools (and hot tubs or spas, automatic temperature monitoring and control can also make your smart pool more energy efficient and more convenient. 

3. Auto-Calculated Chemical Dosing for Pool Maintenance

Going beyond monitoring, a good smart pool system—one designed with careful input from pool technicians and other experts—will also be able to tell you what chemicals need to be added when, and in what amounts. 

Using the data collected from its pool chemical monitoring and the UV and temperature measuring, the smartest pools can tell you exactly what needs to be done to keep your pool in shape. 

4. Easy Pool Chemical Ordering

A pool that automatically provides constant chemical monitoring and can tell you exactly what you need to do to keep it properly maintained is already pretty smart, but get a pool with an advanced degree and you can make ordering your chemicals easy, too. After all, a system that can tell you exactly what your pool needs shouldn't have any trouble tracking what you have on hand. 

For total ease, choose a smart pool monitoring system that lets you input the chemicals you have, then reminds you when you need to purchase and even helps you place an order. This gives you complete smart pool automation in every step of the process. 

5. Approved Pool Technician Contact

Basic pool maintenance is easy enough for even the least DIY-prone, and it's made all the easier with smart pool technology. Even so, there are some pool maintenance problems that are best left to the expert, and a smart pool owner will know when to make that call. 

A smart pool system that puts you in touch with pre-approved, certified pool and spa technicians whenever you need them is definitely a must if you're serious about preserving the life of your pool—there's no substitute for a true professional!

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