Thursday, July 20, 2017

Water Care Made Easier with Ozone

What is ozone?

Ozone is your hot tubs best friend. What I mean by this is that ozone works with your hot tubs current system whether it be salt water system, bromine water system or chlorine water system. Ozonators split oxygen atoms that collide and create ozone. Adding ozone to your existing water care process has many benefits including:

  1. Reduce the amount of chemicals you use to keep your spa sanitized
  2. Only by product of ozone is oxygen
  3. Easy on spa equipment
  4. Eliminates chloramines which is a toxic by product of chlorine
  5. Ozone oxidizes or burns off hydrogen sulfides and iron managases.
It is good to note that ozone in your spa is a great addition to your water care process, however it is not meant to be a stand alone product, though it will reduce your use of spa chemicals. 

Is there more than one type of ozonator?

There are two types of ozonators for a hot tub, UV (ultraviolet) ozonator and CD (corona discharge) ozonator. UV ozonators use ultraviolet lamps to split the oxygen atoms to produce ozone. Ultraviolet light waves are broadcast at a higher frequency than natural sunlight or other forms of artificial light and acts to split oxygen atoms apart.  Corona discharge ozonators work when air passes through an electrical field that acts to break oxygen molecules apart. 

Which ozonator is better to use for a hot tub?

CD ozonators is a newer technology whereas UV ozonators have been around for decades. The new type of ozonator has the following benefits over the UV ozonators:
  • Less electricity
  • Manufacturers claim they last longer than UV units
  • Manufacturers claim they are better made and more effective at reducing contaminants than most UV units
  • Hot tub users report that CD units help them with better water quality
  • CD ozonators tend to produce a greater amount of heat than UV ozonators

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Marketing Department

For Immediate Release


A new line of fitness systems offers swimming and low-impact exercise options essential for today’s aquatic fitness enthusiast.

Energy House recently introduced Endless Pools® Fitness Systems and SwimCross™ Exercise Systems by Endless Pools, which is now being displayed at their location in Fresno at Bullard and Freeway 41.  Energy House is a family owned and operated company that has been in business for over 30 years since 1984. The owner, Steve Combs established the Energy House with dreams to offer top quality products and to improve the lives of Central Valley homeowners in California.  Today this dream has become a reality, Energy House provides top quality products including; HotSpring Spas®, Kozy Heat®, Astria, Fireplaces®,IronStrike®, SunPower® Solar, and the latest product, Endless Pools®. These new aquatic fitness systems represent a next generation in technology
and design.
Endless Pools Fitness Systems and SwimCross Exercise Systems have many exceptional design
elements in common
and are primarily differentiated by the swim current generator. Endless Pools Fitness Systems feature the Endless Pools Swim Machine, while the SwimCross Exercise Systems swim current is powered by jets.

“Endless Pools Fitness Systems represents
a breakthrough in combining beautifully functional design with advanced swim-in-place technology to create a home wellness system that owners can be proud to have as a centerpiece of their backyard,” said Mike Dunn, Executive Vice President of Watkins Wellness. “Customers shouldn’t have to compromise style for functionality – we believe in providing customers with a product that is stylistically better and extraordinarily versatile with swim and exercise options suitable for any customer.”

Unlimited Possibilities
Endless Pools Fitness Systems combines the revolutionary Endless Pools Swim Machine with an optional underwater treadmill, rowing, strength-training exercises, and

relaxing spa seating with hydromassage jets. The thoughtful and contemporary design of the acrylic shell and all-season cabinet stands above in both form and function.
All Endless Pools Fitness Systems and SwimCross Exercise Systems are built for durability and beauty, which is why an extremely strong, 14-gauge galvanized steel frame and ABS base pan are standard on all models.

The Magic Is in the Machine

The Endless Pools Swim Machine pioneered the propeller-driven swim-            
in-place technology, and to this day remains the leader in this category. Endless Pools Fitness Systems use a custom-made, hydraulically powered propulsion system that creates a laminar current of up to 5,000 gallons
per minute (GPM) that is wider than your body and deeper than your stroke. Multiple conditioning grills smooth and redirect the water, resulting in a swim current that is free
of turbulence. Even at full power, it feels like swimming in open water.

A Jetted Swim System with Exceptional Value

SwimCross Exercise Systems offer a jetted option from the makers of Endless Pools that stand out from the typical jetted swim spa. The five swim jets in SwimCross Exercise Systems are designed to produce a less turbulent swim current. From novice to expert swimmers,
all will enjoy the system’s five output levels, in addition to the workout options
of rowing,
resistance exercise, and relaxing hydrotherapy that are available.

Endless Pools Fitness Systems E500 and E700 models, as well as SwimCross Exercise Systems X200 and X500, are available through authorized retailers nationwide. Visit to find the nearest retailer and to learn more. 

About Endless Pools Fitness Systems
Endless Pools® has a nearly 30-year history as an industry leader who pioneered propeller-driven swim-in-place technology. Endless Pools Fitness Systems and SwimCross Exercise Systems are made by Watkins Wellness. The company is known for the highest ethics and integrity, and is a division of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 company whose products include such trusted brands as Hot Spring® Spas, Caldera® Spas, Delta® faucets, KraftMaid® cabinets and Behr® paints. Visit

Video and Photo Captions
Shown in order. Please contact Laurie for video and high resolution photos and logo.

E500 Introduction video
Caption: The incredible Endless Pools® Fitness Systems E500 is the perfect backyard addition where you can swim, run, walk and exercise all in one place, all within the comfort of water’s buoyancy and on your schedule. Check out the E500 and how it can truly improve your day with its unlimited possibilities.

Caption: The all-new Endless Pools® Fitness Systems combines the revolutionary Endless Pools Swim Machine with optional underwater treadmill, rowing, strength-training exercises and relaxing hydrotherapy. Endless Pools Fitness Systems E500 shown.

Caption:  SwimCross™ Exercise Systems introduces a jetted swim option with exceptional value, from the makers of Endless Pools. SwimCross Exercise Systems stand out from other jetted options because the five swim jets are air-free and produce a less turbulent current than the typical jetted swim spa. SwimCross Exercise Systems X200 shown.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Aquatic Fitness System for the Fitness Enthusiast at Any Age

Energy House is now offering Endless Pools Fitness Systems

The aquatic fitness system will be available to view in the showroom towards the end of March.

Swim Machine The Magic Is in the Machine™ For a superior swim-in-place experience, customers need look no further than the iconic Endless Pools® Swim Machine. That’s because Endless Pools uses a custom-made, hydraulically powered propulsion system that creates a laminar current of up to 5,000 gallons per minute (GPM) that is wider than your body and deeper than your stroke. Multiple conditioning grills smooth and redirect the water, resulting in a swim current that is free of turbulence. Even at full power, it feels like swimming in open water.

Underwater Treadmill Optional – yet essential – the Endless Pools hydraulically powered underwater treadmill offers low-impact running and walking options for all of the cardiovascular benefits of exertion without the negative side effects often felt with land-based exercise. Vary the treadmill speed for gentle walking or an invigorating run. For a more challenging workout, with the same low-impact benefits, turn on the swim current for increased resistance against core, leg, and upper body muscle groups. The handrail (connected to the Swim Machine) is there specifically for additional support when transitioning in and out of swim and treadmill activities.

Hydraulic Power Unit The Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) is the heart of the Endless Pools Fitness Systems. It pumps high-grade, biodegradable vegetable oil to the underwater motor for both the swim machine and treadmill. Fitness Systems with both a treadmill and swim machine contain two HPUs which are driven by an incredibly efficient 5HP motor. This design allows for maximum power, while remaining energy efficient. Remote Control | Swim Machine & Treadmill The swim machine and treadmill are each managed by individual remote controls that allow you to increase or decrease speed on the fly. The swim machine flow speed ranges from 5:00 to 1:08 minutes per 100 yards, and can be easily adjusted for precise pace selection. The treadmill has a speed range of 0 to 5.5 MPH. With 60 AMP service*, both systems can be used simultaneously. Water Management System Endless Pools Fitness Systems feature a dual water purification system that combines Ultraviolet C (UVC) lighting with eco-friendly CD Ozone, commonly known as Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP), to neutralize contaminants. The continuous water rotation from the circulation pump, coupled with 200 sq. ft. of filtration, ensures ease of maintenance and water that is always exercise-ready.

Spa Seating with Hydromassage Jets Following a workout, there is nothing like a “cool-down” in the comfort of spa seating where hydromassage jets soothe your muscles. Perfectly positioned in two captain’s chairs with pillows, plus a third middle seat, four jet types are combined in three configurations to deliver a post-workout relaxation experience.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Do Solar Panels Work in Winter?

Solar panels do work in the winter. That’s because solar energy is created by sunlight, not heat. So even though it may get cold and rainy in the central valley, as long as there's sunlight, solar panels will produce energy. It’s important that solar panels are built to endure these seasonal changes so they continue to perform well in the winter. 

How Solar Panels Capture the Winter Sun

Since solar panels rely on sunlight, when the days are shorter, your solar system will produce less energy. It’s beneficial, then, to have a system calibrated to efficiently capture the most sun.
SunPower solar systems are designed for maximum efficiency, which means they can produce more electricity even in low-light conditions. Using high-quality, anti-reflective glass, SunPower panels trap light from all angles, capturing more sunlight than conventional panels1. This helps your solar system make energy throughout a winter’s day, from sun up to sun down and even on cloudy days.

Solar Can Stand Up to Tough Weather

From super storms to ice sheets to a shifting polar vortex, winter can also bring extreme weather. While those conditions can make it challenging for solar systems to produce energy, SunPower has had 30 years to perfect its technology to withstand the elements.
Product testing is something that SunPower takes seriously. Rated No. 1 in durability in third-party testing2, no other home solar technology stands up to the elements better than SunPower even in the most the most challenging conditions: snow, extreme temperatures and 90 mph hurricane-force winds. That’s one of the reasons SunPower solar technology was chosen for NASA’s GROVER exploration of the polar ice cap in Greenland.
SunPower solar systems are designed to work seamlessly and comprehensively in all seasons. Very little maintenance is required, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your energy production and look for irregularities. Don’t hesitate to have your system looked contact us at (559-432-1500) if you have questions. We’re so confident in SunPowers product durability and year-round performance that our systems are backed by an industry-leading 25-year Combined Power and Product Warranty.
Don’t have a home solar system yet? Contact us to find out how you save with  SunPower from Energy House.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

5 Q&As When Considering Adding A Fireplace to Your Home

About half of the 40 million homes constructed in the U.S. since 1973 were built without a fireplace, and yet consumer study after homebuyer survey indicate that the majority of people want one and are willing to pay extra to have it.
For homeowners considering adding a fireplace to their existing home, here are answers to the key questions you need to ask to determine if a fireplace is right for you.
1. Is It Possible?
With the variety of fireplace options available today, from traditional wood-burning masonry to wall-mounted ventless units, it would be difficult to imagine a situation in which it would be entirely impossible to add a fireplace of some sort.
That being said, local interpretations and enforcement of building codes may dictate details such as the chimney height, the construction of the firebox and flue, minimum clearances around vent pipes, and limits on fireplace emissions—all of which narrows your choices. You’ll need to check with your city or county building department, many of which have current code information online.

There’s also the question of fuel: If you’ve got the space to safely store stacks of wood (not against the house—a fire hazard—but within convenient proximity) or an existing source of natural gas or propane, then you’ll increase your options.
2. How Much Will It Cost?
Costs for materials and labor to add a new fireplace can run from $3,000 to $5,000 plus install. An EPA-qualified wood-burning fireplace, which features doors with air-sealing gaskets to regulate how much indoor air it uses for combustion, therefore saving energy and reducing emissions, may cost upwards of $4,500 per unit. The installation and finishing costs of such units, however, is about the same as the natural gas fireplace.

When considering costs, also factor in on-going expenses, namely for fuel and maintenance. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, natural gas is the least expensive utility-supplied heating fuel at a national average of $1.42 per therm (a measure of heating value), followed by heating oil and propane; electricity, meanwhile, is nearly twice the average cost per therm of natural gas. Utility rates vary by geographic region, so check with your local suppliers to accurately gauge those costs; your use of the fireplace will impact ongoing fuel expenses as well. 

If you have a readily available (and thus cheap) source of wood, ideally on your own property, it probably trumps the cost of any utility-supplied source. Wood and natural gas are by far the most popular fireplace fuels, combining for 83% of the market, according to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center.

3. Will I Recoup My Up-Front Costs?
A fireplace generally isn’t calculated separately in a professional home appraisal, though real estate salespeople often consider it to be a hot button among potential buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors(r)’ 2007 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences, 46% of homebuyers said they would pay extra (a median of $1,220) for a house with at least one fireplace, the most popular “desired feature” in the survey. 
Still, says certified appraiser and real estate industry author Mark Rattermann, “Probably the best gauge is to look at the number of newly built homes with fireplaces” to measure whether homebuyers want and are willing to pay for them. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 53% of new homes built in 2008 included at least one fireplace. That’s down from a peak of 66% in 1990, though that drop-off may say more about builders trying to reduce costs than changes in consumer demand, as the latest NAHB consumer preferences survey found that 77% of homebuyers want a fireplace.
4. Where Will It Go?
If you’re thinking payback, put the new fireplace in the most-used room in the house (besides the kitchen). That’s usually the family room or great room. But if your goal is personal enjoyment or perhaps the more practical goal of space heating, the best place is where the unit best serves those purposes: to enhance the sitting area of the master bedroom, to heat an office or guest room at the far end of the forced-air system’s duct run, or for holiday ambiance in the lesser-used living room. 
And don’t forget the backyard: About 3 million outdoor fireplaces are installed every year, according to the Hearth Patio & Barbeque Association, as part of an overall trend toward more extensive outdoor living spaces. Expect to pay about the same for an outdoor unit, installed, as you would a comparable indoor fireplace, though don’t expect the outside unit to be an efficient heating source; rather, more so for ambiance.
5. Is a Fireplace Energy-Efficient?
It’s true that a traditional, wood-burning fireplace in a big, open room—while romantic and impressive to guests—is an energy hog by continually sucking conditioned indoor air for combustion and losing most of its heat up the chimney. But sealed units (including those that burn wood) have the mechanics, controls, and venting systems to use outdoor air for combustion, reduce thermal loss, and effectively supplement the home’s primary heating system. A fireplace used for “zoned” or small-area space heating can lessen the energy demand on the furnace and reduce utility bills by allowing you to turn down your thermostat when the fire is going. 
Theoretically, a series of well-placed and right-sized fireplaces might completely replace an existing home heating system. “A direct-vent gas fireplace is much more efficient as a per-room space-heating option than a traditional central forced-air system (using a furnace),” says Steve Frederickson, a fireplace installation expert and lecturer for Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation. “It’s very wasteful keeping your whole house at 70 degrees all the time. If everyone used one of these fireplaces to heat just the rooms they use, when they use them, it would cut the residential heating load by 20%-25%.”

House Logic article written by Rich Binsacca