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Why Solar Pool Heating Is Suitable For Any Household

One of the amenities homeowners would be eager to have in their backyard is a swimming pool. Not only is it great for entertaining guests and spending quality family time, it is also a convenient way to get some exercise on your own time. Nevertheless, one thing that you would have to contend with when you own a swimming pool is the temperature significantly dropping during the colder months. You could choose to either neglect using your pool until the warmer months roll around, or you could extend your pool time by investing in a heater. Although there is a myriad of types of heaters that you could choose from, one of the more efficient alternatives would be a solar pool heater. The following are some of the reasons why solar pool heating is suitable for any household. Solar pool heating is eco-friendly One of the main reasons why every household should consider solar pool heating is to reduce your overall carbon footprint. Solar is the cleanest energy alternative you could use to power your home. Since the pool will require significant amounts of energy to keep it warm all year long, then you inadvertently will be increasing toxic emissions into the environment. With solar heating, you can rest assured that no matter how frequently you heat your swimming pool, you will not be affecting the environment negatively. Solar pool heating conserves energy Another reason to consider solar pool heating is the energy conservation that it will provide your household with. As aforementioned, pool heaters take up a lot of energy. The larger your swimming pool is, the more energy consumed by the heating system. Over time, you will find that this will significantly increase your energy-related bills due to the spike in electricity usage. To prevent the risk of haemorrhaging money in an attempt to keep your pool warm, you should consider solar pool heating. The initial costs of installation may seem steep, but this should be considered as an investment. Once the one-time initial costs are paid for, you will never have to contend with energy bills related to your pool’s heating ever again. Solar pool heating will make your home more valuable If you are considering selling your home later on, then solar pool heating would be a great investment. Potential homeowners would prefer a residence that already comes with energy-conscious renovations done to them. If a […]

Chemical Treatment for the Water in Your Cooling Tower: 3 Ways It Maximises Efficiency

Your cooling tower relies on water running through the system to carry out air conditioning effectively in a large commercial building. There are open recirculating, once-through, and closed recirculating water systems for cooling towers. A closed recirculating system is a better alternative compared to the others. In this system, most of the water is reused (avoiding wastage) and it is less exposed to contaminants. Regardless of the system that you opt for, you should treat the water chemically to optimise the efficiency of the cooling tower. Here are a few ways that chemical treatment optimises the efficiency: Inhibits Corrosion Corrosion refers to an electrochemical process in which a metal turns back into its natural state as an oxide. Corrosion occurs because the water used in the cooling tower may contain salts, oxides and hydroxides that react with the metal used to make the cooling tower. Most cooling towers are made using steel because of its strength and durability. However, steel is susceptible to corrosion, which eats away the metal used to make the cooling tower. In the end, system failures can occur when the structure becomes too weak or starts to leak. By treating the water, you neutralise the salts and other chemical components, keeping them form wreaking havoc on the cooling tower. Controls the Deposition of Scale Basically, scale is a dense coating of inorganic material formed when water-soluble salts precipitate on surfaces that are in contact with that water. Examples of scale are calcium carbonate, magnesium silicate and calcium phosphate. Temperature changes in various sections of the cooling tower create a conducive environment for the formation of scale. They make some of the above compounds less soluble in the water, forcing them to be deposited in various sections of the cooling tower. Scaling interferes with the insulation of the cooling tower and overworks the cooling tower by prolonging the time taken to cool the water. Treating the water  removes the chemical compounds that cause scaling and keeps your cooling tower run efficiently. Biological Control The wet environment in the cooling tower is conducive for the growth and survival of micro plants. This include algae, protozoa, bacteria and fungi. You need to keep the growth of microorganisms in check because of they encourage scaling and temperature regulation of the water in the cooling tower. Thankfully, chemical treatment prevents their growth and ensures that your cooling tower operates at its […]