Can a residential pool be designed for the best of both worlds—indoor and outdoor swimming—even in frigid climates? The answer is yes, but extreme care in design and equipment sizing must be first determined.
In a span of 18 months, Specified Air Solutions (SAS), a manufacturer of semi-custom heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in Buffalo, NY, has acquired three indoor pool mechanical dehumidification brands, including Dectron, PoolPak, and Seresco.
The knowledge of what natatoriums require for a successful design has been upgraded dramatically in the last quarter century. Recent technological advancements and state-of-the-art engineering standards have not only made these improvements possible, but have also made significant improvements in indoor pools for spectators and swimmers.
Seresco Technologies, an indoor air quality equipment manufacturer in Ottawa, Ont., has started a dehumidifier training and certification school targeting facility maintenance personnel overseeing indoor pool dehumidifiers and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) contractors servicing them.
Imagine the following scenario: an aquatic facility manager is vacationing with their family in Europe and suddenly receives an e-mail alert on his/her smartphone regarding a problem with the indoor air quality at the commercial pool he/she manages. Unfortunately, the on-duty maintenance staffers are not able to diagnose or respond, but the problem needs to be fixed immediately. Thanks to today’s dehumidification system technology, this scenario might unfold (chronologically) as such:
Many indoor pool managers will inevitably face the challenge of replacing the dehumidification system at their facility. There are hundreds of commercial aquatic facilities in North America; YMCA Canada, which is one of the country’s largest pool owning organizations, has more than 40 indoor pools.