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The Magazine of Santa Clarita August 2015 : Page-146

H OM E & GAR D E N H oW to S ize your n eW P ool H eater by Ben Honadel As of 2000 all new pool and spa heaters in California are high efficiency and low pollution, called Low Nox. If you heat your pool to 80 degrees from May 1st to October 1st, the normal swim season, you can expect to pay $500 to $600 in natural gas for the swim season. If you heat just your spa the cost is about $2 each time. Using a liquid pool cover will help lower evaporation and heat loss. One of the great things about living in Southern California are the warm beautiful win-ter days. For example, on a nice day in January you can turn on your pool heater, run it over-night (about 12 hours) and your pool will be 80 degrees ready for a pool party. The cost for this one time of heating your pool is about $30. That’s a pretty low cost for a fun day swimming with friends, not to mention how cool it is to post your pool party pictures on Facebook for your friends and family back east who are freezing and shoveling snow. The traditional size for a pool heater has been the 400,000 BTU. The reason was, al-though the heater is oversized for heating the pool, your pool builder picked this large heater so the spa would heat in about 30 to 45 minutes. The number one reason for a pool heater to break is the heater is oversized, cannot get enough natural gas, and thus does not burn correctly. This will soot up the heat exchange, cause the heater to run hot, damage the electronic components, and rust out the bottom of the heater. When the pool heater manufacturers started making these high efficiency and low pol -lution pool heaters they all had problems with low gas supply. The old style heaters were less stringent on the amount of natural gas they needed but for the new heaters the gas supply is critical. There are two options to fix this problem; run a new and larger gas line, or install a 200,000 BTU heater. This smaller heater will still heat your pool and spa even in the winter, but they do add 15 to 20 minutes to the time it takes to heat your spa. For heating the pool it does not matter because both sizes will take 12 to 18 hours to heat the pool. The down side of buying a smaller heater is the few extra minutes to heat your spa. The upside is, the smaller heater will last much longer, it burns cleaner, requires much less mainte-nance, is more efficient, is more reliable, and the heater itself is about $1,000 less installed. Next month we will talk about pool and spa automation options and how you can start heating your spa from work or at the kid’s baseball game so when you get home the spa is already at 104 degrees. For more information, call 661-263-7503 or visit www.poolsbyben.com. G oinG G ray by Felicia Hain Going gray, and no we are not talking about aging here; you still look youthful, don’t worry. We’re talking about kitchen cabinets: going gray is this year’s most visual trend! With today’s ever changing style and trends, when it comes to remodeling, it is hard to pick and choose what you will still love in five years or so. An annual cabinet trends survey, courtesy of FDMC magazine , shows medium to darker stains and gray paint led the pack at the KBIS and IBS shows, along with other trends that are sure to be loved for years to come. Wood finished maple dominates the market when it comes to wood species. Kitch -en cabinets in maple counted for over 48 percent of all wood cabinetry on display in this year’s KBIS shows. While white is still the leading color for painted kitchens, gray paint comes in at a close second that it is almost a tie! People have started to combine gray with wood tones for new looks. When it comes to staining the wood, dark was the dominant shade, accounting for 45 percent of all the stained wood cabinets. “Natural oak is your parent’s kitchen, dark oak is yours” (Canyon Creek Laitres). When it comes to the style of the doors, cabinets with laminate doors or thermo -formed finishes were only seen in one percent of cabinets on display. Frameless cabinetry is beaten out by face-frame with full overlay doors; nearly half of the cabinetry displayed this style. The biggest trend today is technology in the kitchen, lighting systems in cabinets and drawers were seen everywhere at the KBIS show. Another increasing trend is the use of overhead doors that lift up electronically. Universal design and aging in place are trends that will be around for a long time as well. With 20 years of experience, a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association with five star ratings online, Dannick Design is a trustworthy company. We always prom -ise a beautiful and time efficient remodel. We are licensed, bonded and insured and we can be reached at 661-775-7430, call us today for a complimentary consultation. Our showroom is located at 24730 Avenue Tibbitts Suite 160 in Valencia. Please contact us with any questions you may have and have a beautiful summer! 146 The Magazine of Santa Clarita 661-294-4444

How To Size Your New Pool Heater

Ben Honadel

As of 2000 all new pool and spa heaters in California are high efficiency and low pollution, called Low Nox. If you heat your pool to 80 degrees from May 1st to October 1st, the normal swim season, you can expect to pay $500 to $600 in natural gas for the swim season. If you heat just your spa the cost is about $2 each time. Using a liquid pool cover will help lower evaporation and heat loss.

One of the great things about living in Southern California are the warm beautiful winter days. For example, on a nice day in January you can turn on your pool heater, run it overnight (about 12 hours) and your pool will be 80 degrees ready for a pool party. The cost for this one time of heating your pool is about $30. That’s a pretty low cost for a fun day swimming with friends, not to mention how cool it is to post your pool party pictures on Facebook for your friends and family back east who are freezing and shoveling snow.

The traditional size for a pool heater has been the 400,000 BTU. The reason was, although the heater is over sized for heating the pool, your pool builder picked this large heater so the spa would heat in about 30 to 45 minutes. The number one reason for a pool heater to break is the heater is over sized, cannot get enough natural gas, and thus does not burn correctly. This will soot up the heat exchange, cause the heater to run hot, damage the electronic components, and rust out the bottom of the heater.

When the pool heater manufacturers started making these high efficiency and low pollution pool heaters they all had problems with low gas supply. The old style heaters were less stringent on the amount of natural gas they needed but for the new heaters the gas supply is critical.

There are two options to fix this problem; run a new and larger gas line, or install a 200,000 BTU heater. This smaller heater will still heat your pool and spa even in the winter, but they do add 15 to 20 minutes to the time it takes to heat your spa. For heating the pool it does not matter because both sizes will take 12 to 18 hours to heat the pool .

The down side of buying a smaller heater is the few extra minutes to heat your spa. The upside is, the smaller heater will last much longer, it burns cleaner, requires much less maintenance, is more efficient, is more reliable, and the heater itself is about $1,000 less installed.

Next month we will talk about pool and spa automation options and how you can start heating your spa from work or at the kid’s baseball game so when you get home the spa is already at 104 degrees.

For more information, call 661-263-7503 or visit www.poolsbyben.com.

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/How+To+Size+Your+New+Pool+Heater/2231495/267303/article.html.

Going Gray

Felicia Hain

Going gray, and no we are not talking about aging here; you still look youthful, don’t worry. We’re talking about kitchen cabinets: going gray is this year’s most visual trend! With today’s ever changing style and trends, when it comes to remodeling, it is hard to pick and choose what you will still love in five years or so. An annual cabinet trends survey, courtesy of FDMC magazine, shows medium to darker stains and gray paint led the pack at the KBIS and IBS shows, along with other trends that are sure to be loved for years to come.

Wood finished maple dominates the market when it comes to wood species. Kitchen cabinets in maple counted for over 48 percent of all wood cabinetry on display in this year’s KBIS shows. While white is still the leading color for painted kitchens, gray paint comes in at a close second that it is almost a tie! People have started to combine gray with wood tones for new looks. When it comes to staining the wood, dark was the dominant shade, accounting for 45 percent of all the stained wood cabinets. “Natural oak is your parent’s kitchen, dark oak is yours” (Canyon Creek Laitres).

When it comes to the style of the doors, cabinets with laminate doors or thermoformed finishes were only seen in one percent of cabinets on display. Frameless cabinetry is beaten out by face-frame with full overlay doors; nearly half of the cabinetry displayed this style.

The biggest trend today is technology in the kitchen, lighting systems in cabinets and drawers were seen everywhere at the KBIS show. Another increasing trend is the use of overhead doors that lift up electronically. Universal design and aging in place are trends that will be around for a long time as well.

With 20 years of experience, a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association with five star ratings online, Dannick Design is a trustworthy company. We always promise a beautiful and time efficient remodel.

We are licensed, bonded and insured and we can be reached at 661-775-7430, call us today for a complimentary consultation. Our showroom is located at 24730 Avenue Tibbitts Suite 160 in Valencia. Please contact us with any questions you may have and have a beautiful summer!

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/Going+Gray/2232184/267303/article.html.

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