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Pool Product FAQ
What is Pool Shock? 
Pool shock is a chemical used to burn off organic and other contaminates which cause eye burn and cloudy water. Shocking your pool technically means keeping your chlorine level at 14ppm for 24 hours. You can shock your pool without chlorine by using pool shock which is an oxidizer. Oxidizers can be used with most sanitization systems (salt, chlorine, bromine, etc.) to burn off organic contaminates and other contaminates in the water without adding an excessive amount of chlorine to the water. Usually these products are Shock & Swim products which means after you shock your pool you can wait an hour, then swim. Using the chlorine method, you should wait until your chlorine level comes back down to 3-5 ppm before you swim.
What is an algaecide? 
An algaecide is a product which is specifically formulated to kill algae. There are algaecides to kill existing algae and algaecides to prevent algae. Aqua Superstore recommends you use a preventive algaecide to prevent algae outbreaks which could cause many problems with swimmers and water chemistry.
Can you prevent algae? 
You can help to prevent algae by using a preventive algaecide. Algae causes problems for your swimmers and your water chemistry.
How can you extend your pool season? 
A heater is the most effective way to extend your pool season. There are many types of pool heaters with different uses, pros, and cons. 
There are 3 common types of heating: Heat Pumps, Gas Heaters, and Solar. Listed below is an explanation of the pros and cons of each heat source. 

1. Heat Pumps - Heat pumps are more expensive up front to purchase than gas heaters and about the same price as a comparable solar system. Heat pumps are more efficient than a gas heater. You can heat your pool for as little as a $1 a day with a heat pump. Heat pumps usually carry a 10+ year warranty.

2. Gas Heaters - Gas heaters are less expensive up front. The life span of a gas heater is approximately 6 years. Gas heaters heat the quickest but cost the most to run.

3. Solar - Solar is great since it doesn't cost anything to run. It will heat your pool by as much as 10 degrees in most spring and summer months. Solar is not a good choice if you want to swim in the winter. Solar will extend your swimming season approximately 4-9 weeks.
Who should buy a heat pump - Someone looking to heat their pool many times throughout the year.
Who should buy a gas heater - Anyone wanting to heat their pool or spa quickly only a few times a year, since it is costly to use it constantly.
Who should buy solar - Solar is great for those wanting to swim in warm water during spring, summer, and part of fall.
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