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    Ozone and UV Sanitizers: What You Need to Know

    Posted on May 3, 2017 by in Blog

    The rising interest in ozone and UV sanitizers has been a hot topic among swimming pool professionals. The technology has been around a long time but is finally reaching the point of affordability for homeowners to use on high-end residential pools. If you’re thinking of putting a pool in your backyard or would like to upgrade your equipment to something state-of-the-art, you may want to consider using one or both of these systems. Before you do, however, you need to know a few things. Next-Level Disinfection Ozone and UV sanitizer systems kill bacteria in your pool. More importantly, they eliminate bacteria that chlorine can’t. While most of the bacteria, viruses and protozoa that ends up in your pool will be killed by chlorine, there are some that are highly resistant. That’s where ozone and UV sanitizers come in. Ozone systems turn regular oxygen molecules (O2) into ozone (O3). Ozone is incredibly reactive and will strike down most bacteria in its quest to turn back to O2. The ozone is produced in what’s called a sidestream. A sidestream means that some of the water – between 15% and 25% – is directed away from the main flow. This happens after the […]

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  • Which Heating System Should I Get for My Pool?

    Posted on November 9, 2016 by in Blog

    With the brevity of the swimming season here on Long Island, homeowners should think carefully about the type of heater they install with their pool. Although there are a lot of options for how to heat a pool, they are not all created equal. Here’s a quick ranking, from worst to best. Heat pumps. While perfectly fine for small pools, especially above-ground pools, heat pumps are not practical for the larger, high-end pools that Haven Pools builds and services. And if you have a spa, forget it! It’s unlikely any heat pump will get a spa up to 104 degrees in the spring or fall. The only upside is that they are by far the cheapest to run, although that comes with two critical requirements. The pool must be covered at night and the temperature must be maintained. The pool cannot be heated “on demand” like other options. In addition, they have a higher initial cost. Oil heaters. These heaters will definitely heat your pool, but there are a lot of drawbacks. For starters the pool industry does not make any oil-fired heaters. The only other alternative is a bulky indirect fired heater with an aluminum cover. They are unsightly […]

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  • Why Every Long Islander Should Consider an Automatic Pool Cover

    Posted on October 5, 2016 by in Blog

    Built primarily for safety, automatic pool covers have been available for 30+ years. But only in the last 10 has their popularity increased tremendously. Why? Heat savings. In fact the U.S. Department of Energy calculates a three to five year payoff for the cost of an automatic cover. Yes, automatic covers are expensive, ranging anywhere from $11,000 to $15,000 depending on the size and manufacturer for the basic cover. Upscale details for seamless aesthetics and mechanics can add up to $4,000 to $5,000. In the northeast, without a cover, pool water will naturally warm up 1 to 3 degrees from the heat of the sun, but will lose about 3 to 5 degrees overnight from evaporative loss. Pools without a cover will not get warm until there are warm days and nights. This forces most homeowners to spend a fortune to heat the pool. With an automatic cover the water temperature will increase by 3 to 5 degrees during the day and will lose only 1 or 2 degrees at night by drastically reducing evaporative loss. It is not unusual for a covered pool that gets good sun to be in the mid 80’s all summer without using the heater. […]

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  • Planning for Your Pool: 5 Things To Consider

    Posted on August 17, 2016 by in Blog

    A luxury swimming pool is a wonderful edition to any home. But Long Islanders who want to build a pool in their backyard shouldn’t just dive in. The best pools require careful planning for both function and eye-appeal. If you want to start planning for your own pool, here are some things you must consider. How will you use it? The first and most important thing you need to figure out is how your pool will be used. Is it primarily for your immediate family and children? If so, you may want to include a slide, diving board or diving rock, and a large play area for volleyball or basketball. Perhaps you do a lot of entertaining, in which case you may want dramatic features like a waterfall or fountains. If you are entertaining for large groups you will want to consider a larger pool. A spa is a great option for relaxing and unwinding. Then there are homeowners who install pools as an investment or for architectural aesthetic. If that’s you, consider glass tile finishing, upgraded coping materials, or a vanishing edge water feature. Once you know how you will use your pool you can better understand what options […]

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  • 3 Things You Need to Know When Considering a Salt Water Pool

    Posted on July 18, 2016 by in Blog

    If you have or are considering building a high-end swimming pool for your home, you’ve likely considered a salt-water pool. In the past eight years, 100% of the pools built by Haven Pools have salt-water sanitizing systems. It’s easy to see why. Salt-water pools provide the best possible swimming environment. A well-maintained pool will have salt levels around 3,200-3600ppm, approximately the same as your body saline. This makes it more comfortable on the skin, eyes, and hair. Salt-water pools also lack the distinctive chlorine smell normally associated with most swimming pools. But before you take the dive toward your own salt-water pool, you should consider these three things. It still uses chlorine. The biggest mistake many homeowners make is thinking that a salt-water pool is chlorine-free. Salt-water pools manufacture chlorine from a salt solution, NaCl, splitting the sodium and chlorine ions, creating your own free chlorine in solution, which is why it does not feel or smell like pools chlorinated from traditional tablets. It will not save you money. Some pool builders will tell you that a salt-water pool will save you money over time, but that’s not necessarily true. The seasonal cost of salt for your pool will undoubtedly be […]

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  • In-Pool Amenities: Dipping Into Something Special

    Posted on February 19, 2016 by in Blog

    A family-owned and operated business for over 48 years, Haven Pools has through the years established a name for cutting-edge and elegant pool design. However, our clients also appreciate that we know there’s more to having a pool than great looks. A swimming pool is also for having fun and sharing intimate times with friends and family. To enhance such moments, our clients rely on us for special in-pool amenities such as seating, beach entries, and dreamy pool lighting. Helping each family decide on ideal amenities and translating them into the perfect finished pool is part of Haven’s DNA. Here’s a few examples of our doing just that:   How’s this for party central — inside the pool! These clients wanted to keep their extremities in the water while enjoying a drink and conversation. We added this in-pool table with bar stools near the pool’s edge, making it easy to receive drinks. The attractive bar top is a concrete disk that we topped with the same tiles that edge the pool.     Now for a romantic in-pool setting. This gazebo was found on the property of our client’s old estate and they wanted to set it within the pool. […]

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  • Judging a Pool by Its ‘Automatic’ Cover

    Posted on July 28, 2015 by in Blog

    There are many amenities that make you proud of your pool. And while an automatic cover may be a less sexy item than, say, swim-out steps, tanning shelves, and lap sections, these covers do provide plenty of bragging rights. First, the nitty gritty of an automatic cover. Automatic covers run on a track along the sides of the pool, and with the flick of a switch, roll up into a storage box that can be artfully hidden at the end of the pool. If you already have a pool, and are worried about how adding such an amenity might affect your pool and surroundings, there need be no concern. Each cover is prepared for your specific pool and you can choose a cover with the best vault-concealment for your pool’s design. In addition, pool experts familiar with automatic pool covers ensure that your existing pool and surround won’t be damaged in the process. If you have an “in-pool spa” such as shown in our fifth photo below, only one cover is needed for both water vessels. If not, a separate cover can be made for the spa. While this might cost more, having two covers allows you to close your […]

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    Postmodern Pool and Spa: Classic and Elegant, Yet Oh So Sleek!

    Posted on May 18, 2015 by in Blog

    Author Jonathan Lethem once said: “what exactly is postmodernism, except modernism without the anxiety?” Lethem was being witty about his writing style, but his premise about avoiding the stress of rigid conformity accounts for the triumph of this eclectic backyard haven, which is at once classic and elegant — and, yet, oh so modernly sleek. Kean Landscaping, who brought Haven Pools to the project, designed the overall backyard resort in keeping with the home’s handsome architecture. The finished setting includes an outdoor living room — open on three sides with a fireplace and seating — that is adorned with a stylish embellished roof. For the patios, straight, Zen-like lines of various shades of bluestone offer an ideal balance. In creating the pool and spa, we also incorporated sleek modern lines, and not rigidly so. Natural stone walls and cutouts on the spa side of the lap-pool suggest a timeless classic feel — just across from, and perpendicular to, more streamlined pool edging. Another stand-out is the sleek stone-walk bridge. It spans the L-shaped pool where its 60-foot lap section meets the main pool. Steps at either end of the bridge hint at the cutouts we etched along the spa-side of […]

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  • Haven Pools’ Clean Sweep: Keeping the ‘Gold’ in the Gold Coast

    Posted on April 22, 2015 by in Blog

    Great Gatsby! If this isn’t the bee’s knees. Haven Pools swept this year’s awards season with an Oyster Bay swimming pool overlooking Long Island Sound that would have impressed F. Scott Fitzgerald himself. The medals won were: Gold plus Best of Competition from the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA); Gold from the Long Island Pool and Spa Association (LIPSA), and Gold from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP): International Awards of Excellence Program. Impressing the judges, for example, was how the salt water pool begins close to the home’s back covered patio. Here an expansive sun shelf flanks a dramatic nine-foot spa. Then just a step down from the spa, bathers enter a lap pool that shares the same water. The lap pool, which extends 60-feet, allows swimmers to maximize their body strength. In addition, its vanishing edge — drawing the eye all the way out to Oyster Bay, Centre Island and Long Island Sound —in equal measure restores their spirits. Main Pool Cascading from the infinity edge, lap pool water falls over intricately laid stone walls into a stunning lower arched main pool. The drop to the surface of the lower pool’s deep end is five […]

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