OPENING YOUR SWIMMING POOL

The end of cold weather signifies the beginning of pool time for you and your family. Starting up your above ground pool is a quick and simple process. By following a short list of startup measures, you’ll ensure your pool is swim ready when you are:

  1. Remove your winter cover. Clean and protect it and store it in a cool, dry place.
  2. Remove leaves and debris from the pool bottom.
  3. Inspect your plumbing and check all connections for proper installation and operation.
  4. Add water up to the level recommended by the manufacturer.
  5. Once the water is at the desired level, add Bioguard’s algecide 28-40, polysheen blue, as recommended by your pool care professional and shock the pool.
  6. Run the filter until the water runs clear.
  7. Check the water balance.

We at Bennington Pools are proud to use the state of the art water testing system by Bioguard.  Bring in a water sample to have it tested.

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BENEFITS OF EXERCISING IN WATER

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BENEFITS OF EXERCISING IN WATER

There are many benefits of working out in swimming pools.  Not only is it easier to stay cooler in a pool, but the workout itself has massive perks.  Here are some of the additional benefits:

–The average thirty minute pool workout burns approximately 300 calories.  It takes the elimintaion of 3500 calories to burn off a pound of body fat.  Three to Four weeks of swimming will result in measurable weight loss.

–Pool workouts are a great way to build up cardio endurance.  When in cooler water, the blood moves through the body at a faster rate to warm it up.

–Unlike many exercises, the pool provides a soft enviroment for workouts.  The water supports the body in every position, which helps alleviate feelings of fatigue because its supporting so much of the body’s weight.  In addition, flexibility results due to the wider range of motion the body can achieve due to the absence of gravity acting on the joints.

–Like any regular exercise , pool workouts are great stress relievers.  The exercise stimulates the brain to release chemicals that make the body feel good.  When performing pool exercises in warmer water temperatures, the movement of water against and over the body results in both massage and relaxation.  This calming effect can decrease or eliminate the pain resulting from a workout.

The benefits of pool workouts are numerous.  If accessible, give pool workouts a try to begin an exercise program or enhance an existing program.

TIPS TO BURN WOOD RESPONSIBLY

> USE A LOW EMISSION HEARTH PRODUCT:
There are many types of low emission wood-burning hearth products available for new construction and existing homes. The key is determining the type of product, as well as the right type of wood fuel, to meet your needs. 

• EPA-Certified Wood Stoves and Wood Fireplace Inserts:
All wood stoves and wood fireplace inserts manufactured and sold today in the United States are required to meet strict emission standards and to be certified by EPA. To meet this standard, all stoves must prove emissions of less than 7.5 grams of particulate per hour. All EPA-certified wood stoves and fireplace inserts have a permanent label on the back that bears the name of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Canada does not have a certification program but does recommend the purchase of EPA-certified products.

• Pellet Stoves and Pellet Fireplace Inserts:
Pellet stoves and pellet fireplace inserts burn wood pellets made from recycled sawdust and are the lowest emission wood burners available. Because of their very low emissions, pellet stoves and pellet fireplace inserts are exempt from EPA-certification. 

• Masonry Heaters:
Masonry heaters are high performance, very clean burning and substantially-sized wood burners that produce a tremendous amount of heat. Similar to pellet appliances, masonry heaters are exempt from EPA-certification. 

• Cleaner-Burning Masonry Fireplaces:
There are cleaner wood-burning fireplaces that look much like traditional fireplaces but produce fewer emissions than EPA-certified wood

>UPGRADE TRADITIONAL FIREPLACES:
Install an EPA-certified fireplace insert or a pellet fireplace insert into an existing fireplace.

>CHANGEOUT OLD WOOD STOVES OR FIREPLACE INSERTS:
People with older wood stoves and inserts can cut emissions substantially by replacing these appliances with a low-emission hearth product. After changing out an old wood stove or fireplace insert, it is important to take the stove out of circulation so it can never be used again. In some jurisdictions around the country, it is illegal to install these old products. The most environmentally-friendly step is to have these hearth products recycled by a local steel recycler. 

>USE SEASONED FIREWOOD: Seasoned firewood has around 20 percent moisture content and should be stacked and dried for six months before burning. Seasoned wood is easier to light and will burn more readily and efficiently. The type of seasoned firewood also impacts the fire. Hardwoods such as oak, hickory and elm tend to produce a longer-lasting fire.

>BUILD SMALL HOT FIRES: To reduce emissions, use smaller pieces of seasoned firewood and build small hot fires.

>START A FIRE WITH A FIRE STARTER: The best way to start a wood-burning fire is with balled newspaper and kindling or a solid fire starter.

>USE MANUFACTURED FIRELOGS: Sawdust manufactured firelogs (no wax) are ideal for occasional use in a traditional fireplace to cut emissions. Sawdust-only firelogs can be used in both fireplaces and wood stoves and also reduce wood smoke.

>USE HEARTH PRODUCTS CORRECTLY AND PERFORM SERVICE REGULARLY: Consult a specialty retailer about how to use hearth products correctly, follow the instructions in the owner’s manual for the hearth product, and have your hearth product serviced regularly by a professional certified by the National Fireplace Institute (NFI).

READ MORE: http://static.hpba.org/fileadmin/factsheets/product/FS_ResponsibleWoodBurning.pdf

3 EASY STEPS FOR POOL CARE

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BIOGUARD’S EASY TO FOLLOW SYSTEM

Great for busy pools of any size or surface type. This system should be used with pools featuruing good water flow through skimmers and/or equipped with a chlorinator.

SANITIZE: Maintain a sanitizer level with BioGuard Silk Smart Sticks or BioGuard Silk Sticks. Add every 3 – 5 days to help kill bacteria and maintain proper sanitation levels.

OXIDIZE: Maintain a proper oxidizer level with BioGuard Smart Shock oxidizer. Helps restore water clarity and kill bacteria. Helps maintain sparkly, clear water.

PREVENT: Help inhibit algae growth using BioGuard’s Smart Algicide® or 28-40 Algicide. Add weekly.

Remember, the recipe for easy pool care is to balance the water at the beginning of the pool season and maintaining proper chemical levels throughout the pool season.

BE SURE TO BRING IN A WATER SAMPLE TO US EVERY 4-6 WEEKS.

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CHEAP FUEL THING OF THE PAST?

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The days of cheap oil have come to an end. In 20 years we’ve seen the rock bottom price of $1 / gal to now almost $4 / gal. Even in an election year we didn’t see the price of oil drop for very long. Along with the price at the pump going up, heating bills are starting to push to astronomical levels. Who would think that every 5 years we’d see a dollar jump in #2 heating oil costs. What about in the next 10 years?

WOOD PELLET REVIEW

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HOW DO YOUR PELLETS STACK UP AGAINST THE COMPETITION?

Pellets are NOT all created equal. So how do you know that you’re really getting the most bang for your buck? Until now there really has been no report or guide on what you were getting. Woodpellets4me.com has an online guide to help you choose your  pellet fuel.

Our CUBEX pellet:
Temp: 269º (baseline: 265º) (1.51% ▲)

http://woodpellets4me.com/pdf/2011-2012-PelletReview.pdf

STIHL DOUBLE YOUR WARRANTY

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More Protection. Less worry. Double Your Warranty Protection with the New STIHL Ultra Limited Warranty.* View Full Warranty Details

Just include a six-pack of STIHL HP Ultra two-cycle engine oil or six 32 ounce containers of STIHL MotoMix® premixed fuel with your purchase of a non-income producing, occasional use, serialized gasoline-powered STIHL product and you’re covered – it’s that simple.

Be sure the HP Ultra Oil or STIHL MotoMix® premixed fuel purchase is included on the bill of sale and have your dealer register your new product.

Protect your purchase even longer while improving engine longevity of your STIHL product.

*Double limited warranty protection applies to STIHL gasoline-powered products purchased for personal non-income producing, family and household purposed only. Other restrictions apply. See Dealer for details.