The ability to access your pool from your smartphone is going to be
in huge demand. Manufacturers are making advances in their control
packages to help — the platforms have been improved so that
you can access pools and spas from iPads, iPhones and Android
devices. Just about everybody’s improving in that area.
They’ve cleaned up the screen displays for the handhelds,
making it very intuitive.
But the other thing is everybody’s pricing has become more
competitive, so you don’t need a million-dollar home just to
have a set of controls for remotely accessing your pool.
I’m expecting to sell a bunch of those systems by upgrading
people who have existing controls and putting them in touch with
their pools remotely. I have a lot of customers with older controls
who would welcome an upgrade, and if I can do this for under
$1,000, that’s a home run.