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Horizon Pool and Patio are considered the pool and spa experts in Palm Beach County. They are family owned and operated. Since 1985, they have been serving Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Acreage, Loxahatchee, Greenacres, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and many of the other communities in Palm Beach County. Horizon Pool and Patio provides both residential and commercial pool and spa service, equipment repairs, retail supplies and equipment, along with full pool renovations and remodeling. They can help guide you throughout the process and help determine the best solution for your outdoor oasis. For more information, call (561) 790-0665 or click here to have one of their professionals contact you. If you are in the neighborhood, you are always welcome to visit their retail store located in the Wellington Plaza next to Schaefer Drugs at 12785A West Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414.

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  • Keeping Toasty Doesn’t Always Require A Loaf of Bread
    When considering heating options for your pool and spa, there are really only three different heating methods available to choose from, solar, heat pumps, and gas heaters (propane or natural gas). Solar heaters work well when the panels can be installed on the roof or on a platform with exposures facing due south, south-southwest or south-southeast. The solar panel area should equal at least 75% of the surface area of the pool. Ideally, the panels should be used in conjunction with a solar pool blanket for optimal performance. There is no additional operating cost for solar heat, as the pool pump is running for pool filtration already. Heat pumps are the most common and practical method of pool heating in South Florida. Heat pumps extract the heat from the surrounding air and use it to heat the water. They are 500% to 650% efficient and operate with outside air temperatures as low as 45 degrees. Typically, to keep a 15×30 Continue Reading.
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  • You Light Up My World, Literally…
    Pool lighting can be a game changer. Whether it is for entertaining or just for your own daily enjoyment, the calming feeling you have when you walk onto the patio really sets the mood. There are some cool innovative products available today. If there is an existing 100 watt or 300 watt light (the big light niche), or the smaller 75 watt light, a new LED light can be installed. This is a special colored light that will rotate through a series of six or seven colors and light shows. You have the ability to stop on any particular color just by turning the light switch off and then back on. If you aren’t sure what size or type of light(s) you have or how to check, here are some basic tid bits on lighting systems in general. A complete pool light system consists of several components. First, there is the light niche, which is mounted into the pool wall Continue Reading.
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  • Water Chemistry – No Study Guide Needed
    Many pool owners are so focused only on chlorine for sanitizing the pool that they forget about keeping their water properly balanced.  There are four main components to proper water balance:  pH, alkalinity, calcium hardness and water temperature.  Here is a quick snapshot of how each contributes to the balance of your pool water. pH stands for “potential hydrogen”, and is the measure of the acidity in the water.  The standard pH scale goes from 0-14. When water has a pH between 7.2 and 7.8, it is considered to be in the ideal range, or neutral. Anything under 7.2 is considered acidic and anything above 7.8 is considered basic or alkaline.  Keeping the pH neutral will keep the corrosiveness to a minimum, as a high or low pH could potentially shorten the life of your pool and spa equipment and surface.  A neutral pH is also best for bather comfort. Alkalinity can best be described as a buffer for your Continue Reading.
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  • A Balancing Act: Pool Chemicals
    Water chemistry is important for all pool owners.  Maintaining the water balance of a pool is vital to keep swimmers safe from dangerous bacteria, as well as to keep the water blue and sparkling.  With routine maintenance, pool owners can save money on costly repairs, as well as spending less time and effort in keeping the pool clean. The choice of the type of chlorine to use is the first step in the pool balance process.  Most pool owners choose to use liquid chlorine as it is the least expensive way to add sanitizer.  There are other options.  Chlorine can also be added to a pool using one- or three- inch tablets, sticks, or powder.  These are normally added to the pool in a floating dispenser, and all are typically more expensive than liquid chlorine.  Chlorine tablets contain cyanuric acid, which is also known as stabilizer or conditioner, and which helps the chlorine’s effectiveness and prevents it from being burned Continue Reading.
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  • When Salt is the Preferred Ingredient
    The debate over salt versus chlorine pools has waged for years and while there isn’t a clear-cut choice for a winner, it goes without saying, that saltwater pools have many advantages including less maintenance and lower overall costs.  While the expense of switching your pool from regular chlorine products may require an initial investment, the savings generated over the next few years will more than pay for itself. As we have heard, saltwater pools do not contain many of the harsh chemicals present in regularly chlorinated pools, however, this is not to say that salt pools do not contain chlorine because chlorine is being produced by the cell.  With that said, the levels of chlorine are significantly lower and will not hurt or sting your eyes. Your tears already have salt in them, which is why the salt in the water will not bother you. And, the chemical levels are much safer for your family and your pets that may Continue Reading.
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