• Efficiency,  Features,  Technology

    Worry Free FILLing!

    Homeowners and Pool Professionals are always on alert that a pool autofill device can run away without anyone being the wiser.  No one wants to receive a large water bill at the end of the month due to an undetected leak in the pool.  AND no one wants a stuck autofill system overflowing the pool into the yard. Pool Professionals spoke out with a need, and we were all ears. The team at Poolside Tech is pleased to announce the release of Fill Switch Support for The Attendant. Fill switch support allows you to track how much water is going into your pool using an autofill system, in addition to alerting you…

  • Features,  Technology

    Light up my life!

    Pool lights can possibly be one of the most frustrating experiences for a pool owner.  The fact that you need to turn a switch on and off again over and over to change the light color or brightness is very outdated, to say the least.  Modern lighting technology is everywhere in your home today, but could it be that it hasn’t extended to the pool pad? There is in fact a better technology out there that has been introduced to the pad over the last few years called digital multiplex or DMX for short.  At a very high level, DMX lighting communicates over a data cable and uses an addressing system for…

  • Features,  Season

    Let’s Talk About Protection

    What is Freeze Protection? Freeze protection in the pool and spa industry refers to measures taken to prevent damage to a pool plumbing system due to the expansion of water in the pipes and equipment.  Freeze protection measures can take many different forms such as 24 hour a day pumping, pump and heat the water on a timer, cycle circulation throughout the day, etc.  Basically, as long as water is circulating through all the pipes and the water temperature is above freezing, the plumbing system would be considered in freeze protection mode when the outdoor temperature is approaching the freezing mark. Why do you need it? If you live in a climate…

  • Efficiency,  Features,  Technology

    Stuck In The Middle With You

    One of the limitations in the pool automation industry for as long as anyone can remember has been the one pump to one active feature rule.  While not a hard rule, this basically means that pool automation systems are incapable of allowing a single pump to activate more than one water feature at a time.  Of course you can do this manually by walking over to the pool pad and moving a valve manually, but it hasn’t been done with any automation system until now. The Attendant is proud to announce that our patented Valve in the Middle technology is now available!  This groundbreaking technology allows you to activate two or more…

  • Chemistry,  Efficiency,  Technology

    Time for something smarter

    Not all pool owners are alike. Some are technical and understand the inner workings of the pumps, actuators, heaters and blowers. They know what to turn on in tandem and what actions lead to negative results. Then there are others who just want it to simply work. One thing we believe all pool owners can agree on is that it’s time for their pools to get smarter. By smarter, I don’t mean having the ability to turn a waterfall on from my phone type of smart that competitors are offering today. The type of smart I expect is making decisions for me in order to protect my investment and reduce my energy…

  • Efficiency,  Lifestyle

    Go Green – It’s a catchy color!

    While it’s not usually something homeowners think too hard about when planning a pool or spa addition to their backyard, normal operations of a pool can add unexpected energy costs…while having a negative effect on the environment.  If you’re not careful about the equipment you install, this impact can be significant.  That’s not to say there hasn’t been a number of improvements made in pool pad technology over recent years to increase the efficiency of those units; it’s that these devices all work independently of one another, oddly enough even when sourced from the same vendor. How The Attendant Can Help The Attendant is a vendor agnostic automation system that has been…

  • Features

    Stay Connected

    One thing is for sure on a hot summer day, pools are a great source of enjoyment for you and your family.  Unfortunately like all things in your home, there will inevitably be times when something goes wrong and you call on your pool professional for HELP!  Whether it’s a chemical problem, equipment failure or some other issue outside of the norm, it can be frustrating to get problems looked at and resolved with little downtime from the entertainment.  Wouldn’t it be great if your pool pro team knew when there was a potential issue happening or drawing near so they could reach out to you proactively? Fortunately, The Attendant has the…

  • Chemistry,  Features,  Nature

    Your Pool is Gross!

    How many of you have left home for a week to return to the horror of a cesspool in your backyard.  It is not a pretty sight, nor is it easy to contend with.  Unfortunately for the majority of pool owners, maintaining a constant eye on your pool chemistry is not feasible. For those of us that don’t have a PhD in Chemistry, getting our poolside oasis back to its former glory can be painful and time consuming.  The balancing act of chemicals, pH and chlorine is crucial for your pool to remain a happy place where folks want to take a dip. Get the pH in Balance Getting your pH into…

  • Creative,  Technology

    That Was Easy

    One key component that we strived to achieve when designing The Attendant interface was to ensure its usability for all parties involved, and across all platforms.  Implementing unique experiences that appear both logically on the screen, in addition to being consistent in the actions performed was extremely important to us to accomplish.  This had to hold true from our mobile platform through to the controller touchscreen display. Thoughtful User Experiences The Setup Wizard gets your system up and running quickly.  Once The Attendant is wired up and turned on, the system will walk you through a series of questions about the pool setup (size, sensors installed, etc.) in order to get you…

  • Lifestyle

    Start The Day Positive

    Some of us start the day by pushing ourselves at the gym, while others find balance with yoga or reduce stress with meditation.  Perhaps you are a child of the water where your day is kickstarted by splashing around.  That fluid water element influences your mood and prepares you for the day ahead of you.  Technology should ensure that your poolside oasis is ready when you are.  Define your morning swim preference with the touch of a button so that your pool is just right and your focus can remain where it should be, on what comes next.