The Benefits of a Hunter Automatic Sprinkler System
With a Hunter irrigation system is installed, you'll never have to drag a hose all over the yard, never have to try and figure out if you've applied enough or too much water, and you'll never have to worry about watering the lawn while you're away.
Since its inception, Hunter Industries has been known as "The Irrigation Innovators". Today our catalog of residential products features products that focus on quality and efficiency to grow healthy, sustainable landscapes while using less water than ever.
Attractive landscaping requires substantial investment and careful maintenance. An automatic irrigation system protects that investment by growing healthier, longer living plants and grass. Healthy, well-manicured landscapes will also measurably increase your property's appraised value and curb appeal.
Controllers are the brains of a sprinkler system. They activate and deactivate designated irrigation zones according to programmed run times. Properly programed controllers ensure a landscape is receiving the right amount of water at the optimal watering time. Choosing the right controller typically depends on the number of zones needed in a system, and whether or not those zones will be added to or reduced in the future.
Hunter controllers are reliable and easy to program. In addition to the advanced capabilities offered in our controllers, Hunter controllers can also be upgraded to a smart controller with products such as the Solar Sync ET sensor, which adjusts your watering schedule automatically based on daily weather conditions, resulting in increased water savings throughout the year.
Hunter Industries offers rotor sprinklers that can apply water from 15 feet to over 160 feet, and are designed to irrigate large turf areas by spreading a solid stream of water back and forth over a designated area. Hunter is the industry leader in the rotor category, and has been since introducing the PGP rotor in 1981. If space permits, rotors are generally the go-to solution for grass areas.
Rotors are the most effective way to irrigate large areas and can apply water at lower rates, thus preventing runoff from occurring.
Pop-up spray sprinklers consist of a nozzle and body and apply water to a given area between 2 and 30 feet. Hunter offers a wide variety of nozzle and spray body solutions. The proper spray body and nozzle combination is found by considering plant type, soil type, and area shape, and matching the correct model.
Hunter offers three primary spray bodies: the Pro-Spray, the PRS30, and the PRS40. The Pro-Spray is our standard spray body, and is compatible with all Hunter nozzles. The Pro-Spray PRS30 looks similar to the Pro-Spray, but includes a built-in 30 PSI pressure regulator that ensures optimal water pressure with standard nozzles. The Pro-Spray PRS40 pairs the Pro-Spray body with a 40 PSI pressure regulator, and is designed to be paired with the highly efficient MP Rotator nozzles.
Hunter offers a variety of fixed and adjustable spray nozzles to fit any application. Pro Adjustable Nozzles allow the user to set the arc between 45 and 360 degrees for convenience and precision. Pro Fixed Nozzles feature fixed-arc settings for solid coverage along well-defined angles.
For optimal water efficiency, Hunter offers the revolutionary MP Rotator—a long-awaited alternative to traditional spray nozzles. The MP Rotator emits several rotating streams of water at low application rate, which uses less water and ensures the landscape receives only the amount of water it needs to thrive. MP Rotators are proven to decrease water use by 30% over traditional spray nozzles.
The MP Rotator saves water, better-sustains landscapes, and fits on most spray bodies whether it's already in use or not. For maximum system-wide efficiency Hunter recommends the MP Rotator with PRS40 wherever possible.
The Pro-Spray and Pro-Spray PRS 30 are designed to be the most rugged, reliable and efficient conventional spray solutions on the market.
Weather sensors connect to irrigation controllers, and are designed to make irrigation systems react to local weather conditions. Simple rain sensors, such as the Rain-Clik, prevent watering from occurring during rain events. More advanced sensors, like Hunter's Solar Sync, gather daily local weather data and work with your controller to calculate the optimum watering schedule based upon the current weather conditions.
A sensor is an easy way to conserve water, lower your water bill, and improve the health of your landscape. They are relatively inexpensive, and the Solar Sync is the best way to ensure your system receives the right amount of water regardless of the changing weather. Many state water agencies also offer rebate programs to add sensor to your irrigation system.
Valves are the heart of an irrigation system, as they open and close to allow water to be distributed from the irrigation system's pipes to the watering components. Hunter's residential valves suit a wide range of performance demands, and have built a strong reputation as the most reliable in the industry.
Hunter valves are built with the highest quality to last through the wear and tear of any irrigation system design in any region. They are also easy to install and service, which requires less maintenance to your irrigation system.
When plants and shrubs require small amounts of water delivered right at the plant's root zone, a micro irrigation product is generally the go-to solution. Hunter's residential micro irrigation product line includes some of the most efficient dripline, bubbler, and root zone watering products available.
Micro is design to optimize water use in small irrigation areas. Hunter's Professional Landscape Dripline is built with heavy-duty materials and in-line check-valve emitters, which work to ensure no debris or plant roots clog or disrupt water emission. Our array of application-specific bubblers and root zone watering systems allow for an efficient solution for virtually any kind of plant in any kind of terrain.
Choosing a Professional
Installing an automatic irrigation system is a complex task. That's why it is best to hire a qualified professional to design, select, install, and maintain your system. Irrigation contractors are experts in hydraulics, proper sprinkler system layout, plant water requirements and soil types. Their skills will help ensure a water-efficient system and years of trouble-free operation.
But how do you make sure that the person you hire is qualified to do the job? Here are some handy guidelines to follow when choosing a contractor:
- Check for a valid license/certification (if required in your state)
- Ask for proof of liability insurance
- Talk to local references
- Make certain each contractor inspects your property prior to submitting a bid
- Insist that the installation be completed in a timely manner
- Beware of low bidders that take costly shortcuts
- Be sure the contractor will obtain any required permits
- Be certain the contractor will install the backflow preventer required by local codes (to protect your drinking supply)