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Heating Options for Your Pool!

Enjoy your Pool No Matter What the Outside Temperature Is

We wish we could control the weather and make every day a perfect pool day! Although we don’t have that kind of superpower, we can help make your pool comfortable for relaxing and swimming no matter what the temperature outside.

Many customers have been coming in this season looking for more information about ways to heat their pools for maximum enjoyment. In this post, we’ll be highlighting three options we carry here at Pettis Pools & Patio.

Solar Heaters

Solar Pool Heater

Solar Pool Heater

One option is to use a solar heater. We carry the SMARTPOOL Solar Heater that is an ideal, do-it-yourself solar pool heater designed specifically for aboveground pools. Now aboveground pool owners can enjoy warmer water and extended swim seasons the same way inground owners do. The unit is compact, moveable and maintenance free. It raises the temperature of your pool by up to 10°F or more. The water simply flows through tubes via your existing pool pump where it is heated by the sun and returned to your pool.

Pricing

2′ x 20′ Unit w/ Valve: $149.99

4′ x 20′ Unit w/ Valve: $259.99

You can find sizing information by clicking here.

Gas Heaters

Gas Heater

Gas Heater

A natural gas or propane heater provides a quick heat source and has been the standard swimming pool heating option for many years—the classic, if you will. We offer the Jandy Legacy by Zodiac which has a 60 year heritage as a leading heater provider. It is built to last and has many technologically-advanced, user-friendly features such as digital control of pool and spa set points, self diagnostics and simplified back-lit menu display for ease of operation.

Typical costs for a gas heater include: the heater itself, installation of a gas line, (approximately $500 for a 30’ run from meter to the location of the heater) electric for the digital display and electronic ignition models and delivery and installation . A season’s operational cost ranges from $500 to $1,500 for an 18’ x 36’ inground pool, depending on the amount of use. The other factor that determines operational cost is how you use the heater. Most people with a gas heater play the “on-off” game meaning they turn it on only when they want to swim. This will cut down on the operational costs but will also result in waiting time to swim and the pool perhaps not being ready when you want it to be.

There are some issues to be aware of with this type of heat source. First of all, the water flows thru a copper core that can deteriorate due to high levels of chlorine and low pH. A gas heater can become extremely hot while it is operating, and—similar to a furnace in your home—service calls can be required for items such as cleaning the burners or a pilot light that is out.

A sampling of our Gas heater pricing is below:

125,000 BTU, manages up to a 450 sq.ft. pool     $1,259

175,000 BTU, manages up to a 600 sq. ft. pool    $1,699

Larger size gas heaters are available too.

Note: The surface area indicates the area of a pool that the heater can accommodate. For faster heating and quicker reclaim, it is best to go to the next size up when sizing a heater. Both natural gas and propane are available.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is a more energy-efficient option if you are looking for a great way to keep your pool consistently warm. The operational costs are a fraction of a gas heater with a payback that is typically 2 ½ seasons. In this type of heater water flows thru a Titanium core that is impervious the chemical corrosion. It is also what is known as a slow heat source: you set the heat pump with a thermostat to the desired temperature and leave it. This is by far the most effective method of heating pool water and it is why the pool is always ready for you to jump in and swim! A heat pump uses nature’s “free heat” from the air to heat your pool water. Electricity is only needed to transfer the heat, not create it.

Also, it does not require a gas line so you save on that expense. This type of heater has a longer life expectancy with fewer service calls than the ways to heat. You save as much as 80% in operating costs compared to other heating methods and it is easy to operate, just program in the desired temperature. These units are also very quiet. Note: All heat pumps do require a 220 volt hookup by a licensed electrician.

We carry the AquaCal line of heat pumps which have a cost range between $1,999-$4,299 depending on your pool size and the features you want. One of our most popular models is the TropiCal Heat Pump. It is an economy heat pump designed to fit any budget. The heater is perfect for aboveground pools and small in-ground pools; this model can handle up to an 18’ x 36’ inground and is on sale now June 30th for $2,999.

It also has microprocessor-controlled automatic defrost to allow operation into the mid to lower 40s.

General Set-up and Operational Costs

Delivery, setup & standard plumbing of heaters is $260. Many people also choose to put their heaters or heat pumps on a concrete pad and that cost would be additional as well. We are also offering FREE opening or closing with the purchase of heat pump.

 

Heat Pump=$6.06 per million BTUs of heat

Natural Gas=$27.50 per million BTUs of heat

Stop in and talk with our pool experts to determine the right system for your pool and your budget. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have!

All About Semi – Inground Pools

A great choice for sloped or uneven backyards

Foxx Ulitmate pool with decking

Foxx Ulitmate pool with decking

Every pool season, we have homeowners who come in to discuss potential options for their sloping backyards. “Can we put a pool in a yard like ours?” they ask. The answer is yes—by installing a semi -inground pool. This blog article will explain more about them—and their benefits.

A semi- inground pool is an affordable alternative to a traditional inground pool and it is easier to install. It also is a good choice if you have strict homeowner association rules about height; and it features the same round or oval shape options that an above ground pool does. Semi- inground pools are a good choice for people who want their pool to blend more harmoniously with their landscape than a typical above ground pool. As well as for those can’t afford (or just don’t want to deal with) full inground installation. This is a great way to add fun to your life and create your own backyard getaway.

The semi- inground requires less digging (and messing around with utility lines, tree roots and the like), fewer of the expensive materials required to withstand the ground’s freeze/thaw cycles of our climate than an inground requires, and the simpler install equals less expense all around. In addition, sinking a semi- inground pool several feet below the ground often makes it easier to manage pipes and pumps.

Foxx Ultimate Pool carried by Pettis Pools & Patio

Foxx Ultimate Pool carried by Pettis Pools & Patio

Many people build decking around their semi- inground pool, which makes a beautiful addition to their backyards. The lower profile doesn’t block your views and it blends in well with your backyard.

As an added bonus, a semi- inground pool is cleaner than a full inground because it is not as vulnerable to insects and debris being blow in since it has an edge that is above ground. The walls are composite so there is no weld or corrosion and the lining stays clean and sanitary.

At Pettis Pools & Patio, we carry the Foxx Ultimate Pool that can be installed aboveground, partially in-ground, or completely in-ground to fit any yard or slope. The 14 gauge in-ground quality steel gives the pool unmatched strength and durability to last a lifetime. To learn more about semi- inground pools, stop in at one of our two locations; we are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Customer Testimonial-Happy New Pool Owner!

This is the text from an actual customer thank you letter. We love it when people take the time to say such nice things about us!

Hi Jim,
We wanted to say thank you for all the help getting our pool up and running. The pool looks beautiful and everything is working exactly as we had hoped.

Because of the layout of our backyard, we were wondering how feasible the pool install would be, but your crew did an
excellent job…all aspects of the pool are very well done.

We love the fact that we can bring a water sample into the store to be tested anytime for free. As new pool owners, the staff has been very helpful with recommendations. It has made it alot easier to keep the water perfect then I expected.    

The kids have been in it every day this summer. We’re really glad we did it, and we’ve recommended Pettis Pools & Patio to 2 of our friends.

Thanks again for everything.

Rob D.
Pittsford, NY 

All About Our FREE Water Testing: Part One, Chlorine

Water test at Pettis Pools & Patio

Water test at Pettis Pools & Patio

When you bring your water in to have us test it for you, we check for several critical water balance parameters. One of these is your chlorine level (if you’re using chlorine as a sanitizer).

We actually check three factors when checking chlorine:

Free Available Chlorine: This is the chlorine that is free and available to sanitize your swimming pool or spa. In other words, the good stuff! Ideally, FAC should be maintained between 1.0-3.0ppm in swimming pools, while 3.0-5.0ppm is ideal in a hot tub. Anything higher than these levels is considered overkill. Our test strips ONLY test for FAC, but drop test kits measure Total Available Chlorine, which is not really an accurate picture of how much chlorine is available to kill bacteria.

Combined Chlorine: This is the amount of chlorine that has combined with organics in the water to form a by-product called chloramines. Chloramines are nasty things. When we swim, we perspire—pure and simple. Our perspiration contains ammonia, which immediately seeks out the chlorine and turns it into chloramines. You cannot prevent this from happening.

So why don’t we want chloramines in our pool or spa? Well, chloramines have no sanitizing ability, for one thing. They also are responsible for chlorine odor, red, burning eyes and sometimes, even dry, itchy skin. Have you ever walked into a YMCA or hotel pool and smelled chlorine?  And said to yourself, “They have too much chlorine in that pool!” The truth is that they have too many chloramines in the pool, and not enough Free Available Chlorine.

So, if we can’t prevent this chemical reaction from occurring, what do we do?

The easiest, most effective way to control the amount of chloramines in the water is to shock the pool regularly with an oxidizer shock—like our Non-chlorine shock. Oxidizer shock can be broadcast directly into the water at any time of day, and you can go swimming 15 minutes after adding it. This product destroys chloramines without sending your chlorine level through the roof because it contains no chlorine. It goes in at the rate of 1# / 10,000 gallons of pool water.  This should be added every 7-10 days during heavy pool usage, after heavy rains, or after a big pool party.

Total Available Chlorine: Total Available Chlorine = Free Available Chlorine + Combined Chlorine. This number should be the same as your FAC number, which would indicate you currently have no chloramines in your water. If it’s not, the differential indicates the amount of chloramines you currently have.

Once we have tested your water, the experts at Pettis Pools & Patio can help you bring it into balance or answer any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help you have a great pool or spa experience!

Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park Is One-of-a-Kind!

Our Pool Park Loves Visitors!

Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park Is Open!

Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park Is Open!

Pettis Pools is the only dealer in Rochester that has an outdoor pool display with both above ground and inground pools. You can see these real size pools in operation.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Pettis Pools and Patio Pool Park:

1. There are three above ground pools (18′ x 54″ deep, 24′ x 52″ deep and 27′ pool that is 54″ deep) All of them are actually filled and running so you can see how the skimmer works, how the filter is hooked up, and how it is to stand next to the variable pool heights.

2. Our 20′ x 34′ Fox inground pool features an in-pool bench, in-pool stair and 4 custom deck jets. This pool is heated by an Aqua Cal Heat pump and sanitized by an AutoPilot Salt Generator so you can see how these are hooked up as well as how they work. An automatic pool cleaner keeps the pool clean—watch it travel throughout the pool bottom and walls keeping them clean—while you sit back and enjoy!

3. Fox X-brace This is something you won’t see any other place! We have left part of the pool structure that is normally backfilled cleared out so you can see the structural integrity of the patented Fox X-brace construction. Walk on the 3′ sidewalk around the pool and you’ll notice there’s no backfill dirt supporting this part of the pool. Once again, the Fox X braces are doing their jobs! That’s why we say – Fox, the strongest name in pools.  Pettis has been building Fox pools since 1962. That’s one year short of fifty years!

Semi Inground Pool in the Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park

Semi Inground Pool in the Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park

4. Semi-Inground Pool on display in the Pettis Pool Park is a must-see! This pool is available in round and oval sizes and has a 52″ wall. The amazing thing is that you can put this pool entirely in the ground, entirely above ground or as shown with our 21′ round display pool, partially inground and partially above ground. Over the years, customers have expressed a desire to have their above ground pool partly in the ground and now it’s possible because of the structural integrity of the Ultimate Pool, a Fox pool product! This year, Fox also made it possible to have this pool installed with a walk-in stair. Now you’re talking about a pool that’s looking more and more like a full-fledged inground pool.

There are pictures and more information on the Pettis Pools and Patio website, just follow this link.

5. Softub—America’s favorite portable hot tub also on display in our Pool Park as well as at both stores. Pettis has been a Softub dealer since 1994 and has a separate division called SOFTUB EXPRESS that shows softubs at fairs and festivals throughout NYS and part of Florida. You’ve seen Softub at the Windmill in PennYan, at the NYS Fair, the Lilac Festival, Erie County Fair and many more events. SOFTUB EXPRESS holds the #1 spot in the entire United States, selling more Softubs each year than any other dealership.

Pettis is also a warranty center for Softub, servicing not only New York state but customers throughout the entire US.

Softub is made in America and is sold throughout the world. It is a full featured, energy efficient hot tub that offers therapy, togetherness, relaxation and fun for the entire family.

Visit the pettispools.com or the softubexpress.com websites for more information.

Softub from Softub Express, a Division of Pettis Pools & Patio

Softub from Softub Express, a Division of Pettis Pools & Patio

Determining the Right Pool for You: Considerations and Planning

If you are thinking about purchasing a swimming pool, then you have come to the right place. Here at Pettis Pools & Patio, we are a premiere source of information and expertise. It is our goal to help families who are evaluating the merits of pool ownership with clear advice.

Purchasing and installing a swimming pool is one of the most rewarding home improvements imaginable. Every year, we help hundreds of people transition from the dream of owning a pool into the reality of creating their very own private paradise. A pool encourages backyard fun, promotes a healthy lifestyle, enhances family time, and will likely increase the value and appearance of your home.

While the pride and satisfaction of owning a pool is rewarding, we haven’t forgotten the fact that a pool is a substantial investment for most families. Many factors such as personal preference, budget, installation, landscape considerations, local codes, and even weather play a significant role in selecting the right pool.

Inground Pool
Inground Pool
Above Ground Pool
Above Ground Pool
Semi-Inground Pool
Semi-Inground Pool

Here’s a checklist to help:

1. Plan early!

It may be hard to believe summer is coming when there’s snow on the ground; but think warm and visit our store early! Some of the best deals are available off-season and you’ll be able to schedule your installation early so you can get the most out of your pool for that first summer. Ultimately the weather is our boss for when your pool can be installed; but by committing early you will be swimming when others are melting in the summer heat.

2. Check the code first.

Before heading down the road to pool ownership, be sure to check with your local building code enforcement office to determine what can (and sometimes cannot) be added to your property. Each township, village or county will have restrictions on proximity to property lines, utilities, safety or zoning restrictions, even mandatory green ordinances that could limit the size or style of your swimming pool. Knowing what your locality allows will help you define limits for your new swimming pool.

3. Take out your paper tablet and pen.

Measure the area where you want your pool to go and record these measurements. Bring them with you to our store because they will help us determine the right pool for you. Also make note of any significant slopes in your yard or landscape challenges such as a large tree nearby.

4. What Will I Use It For?

Do you plan on swimming laps? Did your doctor recommend a pool for therapeutic reasons? Do you have visions of entertaining guests in and around your pool? Is it for your children and their friends?

5. What Type of Pool Do I Want?

There’s a sea of pool styles today, including all kinds of shapes, sizes and combinations. There are also solutions for sloping yards—pools that can be installed half in, half above the ground. Learn more about the semi-inground pools we carry by following this link. Going pool shopping is one of the fun aspects of the project. It’s the time when your imagination can really go to work.

Inground: If you are not planning a move soon and you have the budget, there is nothing like the beauty and flexibility of designing an inground pool (link to IG gallery). The choices are practically endless and you have the ability to put a personal stamp on the project.

Above-Ground: Above-ground pools are enjoying a resurgence as more people are watching their budgets. Above-ground pools are usually thousands less than inground pools. They also require a much shorter install period, which means you could be swimming within days of your purchase. More and more people today are embracing the idea of a “staycation” which is obviously enhanced with your own backyard pool.

6.  What’s My Budget?

There are many factors that determine the price of a pool. Whether you build/install an Above ground, Inground or Ultimate pool is the biggest factor in determining price. The next is size and shape. For example, an oval above ground costs much more than a round pool. Pool size, extras and custom features also impact pricing.

Costs are also determined by:

  • Quality of materials and craftsmanship.
  • Soil conditions, levelness of site and the presence of water or rock.
  • Warranties provided by the pool manufacturer.

While the average cost of building a pool varies by region, a base inground pool will typically range from the mid- to upper- $20,000s. Customized options, automated features, and the cost of finish materials contribute to the total price of your pool. A semi-inground pool ranges in price from $7,500 up to $15,000 while an above ground pool can range in price from $2,500 – $6,000. Keep in mind that—depending on the pool type chosen—electrical work, permits and dirt removal may be additional. Please feel free to discuss details with us.

6.  Installations are customized.

Above ground, inground and semi-inground swimming pools are constructed right on your property. Because of this, the degree of expertise and experience of your swimming pool supplier and contractor is absolutely essential. At Pettis, we have been building pools since 1962 and welcome you to check references by calling or visiting our previous customers. You can also check our rating at the Better Business Bureau and the Pool and Spa Professionals website. We carry both workman’s compensation and liability insurance. No doubt about it, you want an installer who is experienced and trustworthy!

7.  What about price versus quality?

There are a limited number of reputable pool dealers; and a far greater number of contractors or suppliers who claim to specialize in pools and pool installation. There’s no substitute for a quality product installed by an experienced professional—choosing the pool that’s priced right for you is only half the battle.

And don’t be misled by gimmicks! There’s no such thing as a true $99 installation, for example,  on an above-ground pool. The rest of the installation cost is hidden in the pool price so you’re really buying a lesser quality pool. If your budget is tight, consider buying the better pool and installing it yourself.

8. What about maintenance?

A pool does require upkeep, but keeping your pool well maintained prolongs its life, prevents bacteria growth and delays needed repairs. Do you know what it takes to maintain a pool, and keep it clean and healthy for your family?

Maintenance of a pool is fairly simple, but the routine must be followed to get the most benefit out of your pool. The best advice is to take care of any problems before they happen, and not after the fact. Repairing a cracked or corroded pool is not low cost, plus you don’t want your pool to be closed during the summer months due to repair work.

Pool maintenance encompasses the following categories:

  • Maintaining water balance and sanitizing the pool to prevent growth of bacteria and contaminants. Alkalinty, pH and calcium hardness levels are all very important to check and maintain. Improper levels can eventually damage liners, ladders and equipment.
  • Changing/cleaning filters and allowing adequate run time for those filters to run. The optimum way to run a filter is to turn your filter system on in the spring and off in the fall; this allows it to do its job 24-hours a day. If you “run with the sun” you’ll always be covered when there’s the greatest chance of swimmers who stir up debris.
  • Checking electrical and lubricating O rings with the proper lube
  • Using a skimmer to remove surface debris such as leaves & cottonwood.
  • Vacuuming as necessary to remove organic material to prevent staining of the liner.
  • Proper opening & closing procedures, available at Pettis Pools & Patio.

9.  Ask questions.

Then ask more questions. Here are some samples to keep in mind:

What comes standard with my pool purchase? What safety considerations should I make? How much does yearly maintenance cost? What’s the difference between an above ground and inground pool? How long will the project take the builder? Is financing available? What guarantees or warranties are offered?

Remember, the only bad question is the one that goes unspoken.

The time you invest now—as you prepare to purchase a pool—is returned over and over each time you dive into the perfect pool installed by a quality swimming pool dealer.

What Is a Semi-Inground Pool?

A Semi-Inground Pool on view in the Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park

A Semi-Inground Pool on view in the Pettis Pools & Patio Pool Park

A semi-inground pool is well suited for yards that have some slope, steep terrain, or are uneven. One edge of the pool can be ground level, while the other is built into the slope of your yard. This is an attractive solution because it integrates well with the landscape of your backyard.

At Pettis Pools & Patio, we carry the Foxxx Ultimate pool, which is constructed of 14 gauge in-ground quality steel. This gives the pool unmatched strength and durability. The sizes range from an 12’ round to a 17×32 oval, with a water depth of 4’.

Main Features:

  • Maintenance Free Top Cap
  • Pro-Grade Marigo Bay Vinyl Liner
  • Batten Board Vertical Siding Kit
  • Protection Coating System
  • In-Ground pool skimmer
  • Superior strength steel
  • A-frame Safety Ladder

You can see a semi-inground pool at our exclusive “Pool Park”, which opens in April each year. Just stop at our Greece location and wander amid the different types of pools at your leisure. This way you can see them up close and ask any questions you may have.

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