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Calorex heat pumps have been around for years and always known for their quality and efficientcy. Here at 1st Direct we have always supported the Calorex brand and explained to our customers that it is the Rolls-Royce of heat pumps but recently the Calorex has seen massive decrease in its market share as a result of imported products from other countries.
Calorex units have always been made in the UK despite attempts to move some of the Calorex manufacture to eastern Europe but with maintaining UK production comes high costs. We are wondering here at 1st Direct what the future will hold for Calorex, particularly in these troubled economic times.
How does a brand such as Calorex survive against progressing modern technology / advancements, cheap foreign labour, falling value of sterling and market saturation?
Calorex need to act quick in order to sustain a market in the UK and we wish them the best of luck and support. We have always pushed the Calorex units for the strengths and hope that we can continue to offer these units for years to come.
If you would like some advice on which heat pump to go for then please do give our technical team a call on 0844 247 0047 and we are always more than happy to help correctly spec a heat pump to your pool size.
World swimming pool giant Pool Corp which owns UK company SCP (UK) Ltd has just acquired another American swimming pool company called General Pool & Spa Supply Inc.
General Pool & Spa Supply Inc has a turnover of around $40 million and will help to continue the domination of this world super company who’s shares have dropped in value by over 75% in the past two years.
Wow – hasn’t the weather been lovely recently?!
It’s a shame that the weather was a couple of months late in coming but we are all enjoying it!
As such not very many of you have shut down your swimming pools yet trying to squeeze the last ounces of summer out of them. In order to help you through the winter we have decided to extend our winter debris cover offer through until the 31st October 2009.
Please use our online bespoke calculator or call for a winter debris cover quote on 0800 999 5050
In a swimming pool in denver recently a large 1,000lbs 12-point deer fell into the swimming pool and got stuck!
The family quickly decided to cut through their expensive automatic swimming pool cover with knives in order to free the trapped stag and encourage it back to shallower waters with a broom.
Having sat in the shallow end of the swimming pool for half an hour it made its own way out and ran off back to where it came from!
Image Courtesy Doug Talley
At 1st-Direct our leading swimming pool heat pump is the American made Heat Perfector range.
The Heat Perfector is already a superb unit but we’ve decided to make it that little bit better! From now our Heat Perfector heat pumps are coming complete with a pre-fitted insulator blanket over the compressor and heat exchange making it even quieter when running next to your swimming pool.
We have also had a meeting this week with the European distributor and manufacturers about the launch of a new updated version of the heat perfector provisionally due to us in 2011. Updates will include LCD display, full compliance with international ratings standards creating a level playing field for sizing your pump, new more effecient refridgerant, new more protective outer casing and some internal changes to make it even more reliable and efficient amongst others.
For more information on swimming pool heat pumps or if you would like us to accurately size a heat pump for your pool then please contact our sales team on 0800 999 5050.
Winter debris covers are starting to be ordered by those who think summer is drawing to an end.
At 1st-Direct we have managed to bring you the lowest swimming pool winter debris covers that you will find ANYWHERE in the UK.
Starting from today until 30th September we are offering the Deluxe Criss-Cross winter debris cover for the same price as the standard (economy) winter debris cover! That’s a free upgrade to a cover which normally costs around 20% more!
To get a quote for your cover please contact us on 0800 999 5050 or alternatively if your swimming pool is of a standard size you can simply buy online by viewing the covers.
Swimming pool chemicals are one of our core products here at 1st-Direct with almost all variations of chemical kept in stock across our branches.
Following some analysis this morning we have worked out that during this season so far, 1st-Direct have dispatched in excess of 20 tonnes worth of swimming pool chemicals to the general public. That’s a huge amount of swimming pool water being currently kept sparkling clear and ready for use as a result of 1st-Direct.
Our swimming pool chemical range is diverse from chlorine, bromine, multi-functions, pH plus and minus, shock, clarifiers, flocs, etc. If they use it in a pool, we probably stock it!
Thank you to all who have taken advantage of all our unbeatable prices and we look forward to continuing the 1st-class service here at 1st-Direct.
Who doesn’t dream of owning their own swimming pool? It’s like having your own tropical resort and vacation destination right outside the back door—an instant private escape from the stress of daily life. But there are plenty of reasons besides these for owning your own pool. Consider these:
It’s fun for the whole family. What other gift is so universally pleasing? A pool makes everyone happy and provides year after year of pure enjoyment. Vacations come to an end but your own pool will be there 24/7/365.
You’ll spend more quality time together as a family. A pool acts like a magnet—the whole family will want to spend time there. This means that you’ll all spend more time together bonding and having fun.
The kids will want to stick around. A pool makes staying at home a lot more appealing to youngsters and teens who always complain that being at home is so boring. And grandparents, take note: a pool is a wonderful incentive for the grandkids to come visit.
Stay fit and look great! Swimming and aquatic exercise are excellent fitness activities for people of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re looking to balance a workout, recovering from an injury or have a rheumatologic condition like arthritis, water exercise is fantastic because it can be adapted to individual needs. And in addition to achieving a better swimsuit body you’ll also be rewarded with a gorgeous tan.
It’s a great way to keep cool in summer. Nothing is more refreshing than a dip in the pool after mowing the lawn, playing tennis or a long day’s work. It beats staying cooped up in an air-conditioned house any day.
You’ll enjoy a private, crowd-free atmosphere. Gained some weight over the winter? Now you don’t need to parade your less-than-perfect swimsuit body around the local swim club. You’ll also avoid the noisy, crowded atmosphere of swim clubs and resorts.
It’s an incredibly romantic rendezvous in the moonlight. Turn every night into a hot date or mini-vacation with your spouse, right in your own backyard. There aren’t many other places where you can go skinny dipping under the stars…
Everyone loves a pool party. A pool is the perfect place for entertaining guests of all ages.
It’s a wise investment. A pool increases the value of your home and improves your lifestyle without having to relocate. Plus, with a pool at home you’ll be able to reduce the amount you spend on entertainment and vacations.
It will beautify your home. The clear, sparkling water makes for a beautiful garden centrepiece.
Once you’ve made the decision to buy a pool, in order to ensure it’s a source of safe fun for everyone there are some important safety considerations to keep in mind. Keep children safe by following these guidelines at all times:
It’s also important that your pool is kept clean and well-maintained. After all, crystal-clear water with only a mild chlorine aroma isn’t only pleasing to the senses—it’s good for your health. Follow the cleaning and maintenance guidelines specific to your pool in order to avoid these problems:
Swimming pool owners will understand all too well that whilst family and friends are all enjoying the benefits, keeping the swimming pool maintained and running from season to season can create a noticeable dent in one’s finances. Here are some suggestions to help fight the summer credit crunch.
Heating the pool is a necessity, if the pool isn’t warm no one is going to use it. The latest generation of heat pumps harness the free heat in the air and the sun doesn’t need to shine for the heat pump to work! They are super efficient with COP (co-efficiency of performance) of up to 5:1, this means every £1 electricity spend gives you up to £5 worth of heat to the pool. On a 30′ x 15 ‘ pool with typical 6 month use you could enjoy savings of up to £1400/year over normal electric heating.
If you are using gas, then you can invest in the efficiency of a condensing boiler which can reduce running costs by up to 30%.
Once you’ve tackled the source of heat, you can make further savings by ‘keeping the heat in’. A good swimming pool solar cover allows the sun’s heat rays to pass through the cover into the pool water. The cover will help in the prevention of heat loss by allowing some of the sun’s rays to be reflected back into the pool water and also by preventing heat loss through evaporation. A low cost, effective way to help you save money.
Swimming pool chemicals
Switch your chemical supplier! We all know the importance of keeping the pool clean and levels balanced. Find out just how much you can save by visting our pool chemicals section today, we have some of the lowest prices in the UK. You can also enjoy the added benefit of free delivery on orders over £50.
So…there you have it…3 cost saving measures, keeping you and your wallet happy whilst your family and friends enjoy the pool all summer long.
Following continued growth this year, we at 1st Direct are pleased to announce a further two members to our team:
Andy Bumby is a new addition to the warehouse staff assisting our warehouse manager, Chris Worth, and other staff in our dispatch department helping to control our stock across five warehouses. Andy will be key in the expansion plans of the company as we prepare to take over an additional 30,000 sq ft of warehousing on our West Stour site at the end of this year.
Claire Rydall joins our expert sales and technical team which has received such positive response again this year. Claire comes from a hands-on background in swimming pools managing pools from commercial leisure centre levels down to local family pools. She comes with full qualifications in plant room and swimming pool management which will prove a true strength to us and our customers during her time with us.
If you feel that you have something to offer the 1st Direct team then we always welcome you to contact us with your CV. Either call us on 01747 839601 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org