Spring (Pool) Cleaning: Your Pool Opening Checklist

Spring has sprung!  It is time for the pool opening season to begin for northern climates.  With that in mind you will need to take a good look at your pool.  Take your time and be sure to go over these steps while opening your pool for the season.

Step One: Surface Check
Take a walk around your pool, look for settling and cracks.

Step Two: Assess What’s Beneath the Cover
Remove your cover and check for debris, water color, and water level.

Step Three: Reconnect and Inspect the Equipment
Make sure the pump works, the filter works, and the heater. Test your outlet and check your electrical panel.

Step Four: Replace Pool Fittings
Check/replace fittings throughout the system.

Step Five: Test the Water
Test the alkalinity and pH balance of the pool water.

Step Six: Skimming and Vacuuming
Clear out anything that may have gotten into the water during the winter.

For more information visit Aqua Magazine.

DIY geothermal residential installation. How much can you do?

Installing a geothermal heating system is not rocket science. Most of the work can be done by the homeowner or hired out to a professional saving $20,000 to $60,000 and making the payback very fast especially considering the tax credits or local money that might be available from utilities. Everyone will want you to use a licenced electrician for safety and to preserve the warranty.

Most geothermal heat pumps are package units that are tested at the factory and are ready to run after hooking up the water pipes and power. Ditch work can be hired out. Most backhoes and trackhoes can be rented for $200.00 to $400.00 a day. An experienced operator are available.

Give us a call to talk about your ideas and we can help you plan your project.


Aquaculture water heating and chilling, benefits. PROS and CONS

I love heating aquaculture and aquaponic farms with heat pumps. I have found that most applications can benefit from using heat pump technology over other methods like solar, gas or electric element heaters. Air to water, Water to water geothermal and air to air heat pumps are usually 4 to 6 X more efficient than propane or electric heaters and 2 to 3 times more efficient than natural gas. Also with heat pumps you have a titanium heat exchanger in contact with the water that has a lifetime warranty and can’t hurt fish. Many other types of heating methods use copper and that is poisonous to many fish and plant life.

Please call to let us know about your unique heating or chilling needs. Heat pumps are not always the best choice. Maybe 5% of the time we suggest other methods if we feel that you won’t benefit from heat pump technology. If you don’t have access to source water or ground area to bury pipes and if your climate is too cold for a traditional air to water heat pump we might point you in another direction. That is very rare though. 95% of our clients and friend see an immediate improvement in there heating costs and also the comfort and health of their aquacultural product.

Geothermal heat pump vs heat pump

I am asked often about whether a client should use a traditional air to air or air to water heat pump or if they should go in the Geothermal heat pump direction. There are many factors to consider when deciding what technology you should use to heat or cool your home, business, water park, hotel, swimming pool or aquaculture / aquaponic application. It is important to know what climate you are located in? Warm weather states or countries or cold climates?

The initial costs involved in geothermal can be more than a simple air source heat pump unless you are using an open loop system and you have water or an existing well available. If you are going to use a closed loop geothermal system then there will need to be pipe buried and that has to be taken into consideration. Every installation is different so I would be happy to have you run by me what conditions you have so we can plan a heating or chilling installation that will have the fastest payback and will give you or your customers the comfort and reliability that they need.