by Mark Garcia, June 26, 2013
Inground Pool Alarm Comparison
Pool Alarms sense sub-surface waves, when an object of more than 15 lbs. enters the pool. They do this by measuring displacement of the water with underwater sensors.
When enough displacement is sensed, the alarm is triggered, and a high decibel alarm will sound both at the pool side unit, and at a remote receiver, placed inside the house.
Poolcenter has always offered a big variety of pool alarms, in fact we have 5 different brands listed on the website. That's a lot of clicking back and forth, trying to compare different alarms.
PoolGuard is the easiest to install, it comes completely assembled. It comes with a pin on the horizontal axis, and instructions will have you drill a 1/4" hole into the pool deck to prevent the alarm from being pushed or pulled into the pool. This can be optional, if you'd rather remove the pin. Add the battery to the poolside unit, plug in the in-house remote and you are ready to test the PoolGuard alarm.
PoolEye comes mostly assembled in the box, and is the only pool alarm to have the option of mounting to the pool deck, or mounting to a vertical pool ladder rail. The deck mount kit can be screwed into the deck, or if your deck overhangs enough, can be clamped onto bullnose coping. Add batteries to the poolside unit, and plug in the remote unit and you can test your PoolEye alarm.
AquaGuard needs only light assembly and battery placement. A plate is secured to the pool coping or deck with 3 supplied screws and anchors. Once secure, attach the poolside unit to the plate. Establish the radio connection with the in-house wireless reciever and you're ready to test out the AquaGuard alarm.
Both the PoolGuard and AquaGuard list ASTM approval F-2208 on their alarms. Not listed by PoolEye. The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), certifies that products are safe to use, as their intended purpose.
The PoolGuard alarm owner's manual tells you to remove the alarm when using the pool. Bummer - because you have to remember to put the alarm back in place after swimming - and turn it on.
PoolEye and AquaGuard allow you to keep the alarm in the pool while using the pool, although you will need to turn the alarm off before swimming. AquaGuard has a unique 'Swim Mode' feature which will automatically reset the alarm once the water has been still for 10 minutes.
AquaGuard is the only pool alarm with a wireless remote alarm. This means you can position the in-house remote at multiple locations around the house, or carry it with you to some areas outside the house (within 100 ft. of the pool). However, this may lead to the remote becoming misplaced or more easily broken.
Our Pool Alarm Comparison Chart shows some big differences in price and warranty for the 3 pool alarms. Another consideration may be the maximum 'Coverage' - larger pools may need more than one alarm.
100' of range for the remote alarm (inside the house) may be enough for most, but one pool alarm remote will transmit up to 200 ft away from the pool.
If the longevity of the company making your pool alarm is a consideration for you - the PoolGuard has been around the longest, since 1982. The PoolEye was introduced in the mid-90's and the AquaGuard is the newest alarm in the game, having been around for about 5 years.
I hope that this helps to narrow down the options and choices in swimming pool alarms. Pool Alarms are an important Layer of Protection for any swimming pool, to improve the level of safety and peace of mind.
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