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Solar Pool Heater Books

From Solar Industries

Those who are fortunate enough to own an inground swimming pool are familiar with the ongoing energy costs of operation.  Even the newest energy-efficient swimming pool pumps, filters, and heaters can cost alot more to operate than the typical person is anticipating.  Many astute inground swimming pool owners have turned to alternative energy sources and systems to help reduce their costs, such as geothermal, wind, and solar.  This post from Solar Industries gives a nice primer on Solar Heating of swimming pools, and also introduces a book that will give the prospective solar swimming pool heater customer all of the relevant information that they would need to get started.

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A heated pool doubles or triples the swimming season and becomes a pool that is used. The primary reason why many people own a pool is for having fun with family and friends, in a relaxed atmosphere. According to Good Housekeeping magazine a solar pool system adds 100% of it's cost to the value of the home. In 2004 almost 14 million sq. ft. of solar pool collectors were installed on about 40,000 pools, doubling the 6.7 million sq. ft. produced in 1998. Solar pool heating systems typically use low cost unglazed copolymer collectors. These have a much higher efficiency when they only need to heat large volumes of water a few degrees. The basic components; solar pool collectors, automatic control, diverter valve, and associated sch. 40 PVC pipes are simply added to the existing pool pump, timer and filter. A conventional back-up heater can also be added to backup a solar system. An installed system may vary in price from $2,900 for a 200 sq. ft. pool with 200 sq. ft. of collector area, to $7,500 to $8,000 for an 800 sq. ft. pool with 800 sq. ft. of collector area.

Solar pool heating systems typically take three to five average days to reach their maximum pool temperature and to maintain that temperature. A solar pool heating system can heat your pool 15 degrees F warmer than it would normally be without the system. By also adding a pool blanket or cover, the pool can be heated 18 degrees to 25 degrees F.

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How to select a sunscreen

From The American Academy of Dermatology

Should you choose an SPF of 50, or is an SPF of 50 enough?  How do you know if you are protected from UVA and UVB rays, and why does it matter?  These and many other confusing aspects to sun protection are addressed in this handy infographic from the American Academy of Dermatology.  Eliminate the confusion, and protect your family this summer while you are at the beach, or just lounging and splashing around your very own inground swimming pool.

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Do you know that some sunscreens can prevent sunburn, reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, and help prevent early signs of skin aging? This infographic tells you how to choose a sunscreen that does all three.

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5 Healthy Poolside Snacks for Kids

From Skinny Mom

Everyone who has a swimming pool knows that it is a great idea to have snacks ready.  When the kids have been splashing around, playing Marco Polo, Pool Basketball, Pool Volleyball, or running around going up and down the slide for a while, they eventually get hungry.  Rather than feeding them the unhealthy, easily available snacks that parents are accustomed to, why not have some healthy, affordable and wholesome snacks readily available for them to fuel up properly?

This post from Skinny Mom lists 5 healthy snacks that are affordable, and easy to prepare, which will make you feel confident that you have given your kids the healthy fuel that they need to sustain their active day at the swimming pool!

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Don't want to break the bank at the snack bar? Want something healthy for you and your kids to enjoy ? Check out these delicious, healthy snacks for the pool!

Skinny Butternut Squash Mini Muffins: Butternut squash may not be at the top of your kid's favorite veggie list, however, they are too nutritious to eliminate from your child's diet. Low in cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat, you can disguise this great veggie in our quick, easy and delicious Butternut Squash Mini Muffins! The best part about this recipe, is you know exactly what is in these mini-muffins, unlike the packaged, store bought varieties. 

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AWARD-WINNING POOLS: TOP 5 POOL DESIGNS

From Pool & Spa Outdoor

Inspiration for the design of your very own backyard inground swimming pool can come from anywhere.  Whether or not they intend to put a Las-Vegas hotel type show in your backyard, the astute homeowner and prospective swimming pool owner always gleans the elements that they like from various places to bring the best and most relevant swimming pool features into their own backyard.  Pool and Spa Outdoor presents 5 of the best and most creative swimming pool designs from some of the top swimming pool and outdoor living designers in the world, which should make the aforementioned astute prospective swimming pool owner's job a little bit easier.

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When it comes to swimming pool designs, there are so many shapes, finishes, and water features to choose from, you may not know where to start. We chose five amazing pool designs featured in our Award-Winning Pools book to give you some inspiration for your own backyard.

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