Jul 26 20160 comments
Without a swimming pool pump and filtration system in your swimming pool, those clear waters will quickly turn murky. Yet, this is not necessarily a case where overkill is better. With an efficient system in place for your swimming pool, you should be able to just run it once a day and still maintain a hygienic water environment. read more…
One complete cycle of the pool water should be sufficient to remove harmful organisms and small debris from the water. This means that the entire volume of water should make its way through the pump and filter. Knowing this could save you an enormous amount of money on your energy bill, and still keep your pool safe to swim in.
How Does the Pool Pump and Filter Work?
A pools filtration system works in a closed loop. Water is drawn into the system through the skimmers and then circulated to the pump and motor. From here it passes through the strainer pot basket, which removes most of the debris before it is forced to the pump housing. After passing through the motor, the cartridge filters will remove the rest of the debris along with any contaminants that are leftover.
Once cleaned, the water makes its way to the heater (if you have one) before passing to the chlorinator. That is the last step before being pumped back into the pool itself. This may seem complicated, but in reality it is a fairly straight forward way of efficiently cleaning the pool water in a quick amount of time. For an average sized pool, this should take approximately 4 to 5 hours a day.
In order to increase the efficiency of your pool pump and filter to help reduce the amount of energy you use, consider doing the following:
Keeping the drains and skimmers free of debris. The pump will have to work harder if it is unable to freely draw water from the pool.
Cover your pool when not in use. Not only does this help to prevent evaporation of water from your pool, it prevents debris from getting inside.
Change out the pool filters as often as necessary. Filters that are caked with debris are not going to allow water to freely pass through them, making it more difficult for your pump to run the water efficiently.
Use a timer and run your filtration system during non-peak consumption hours. This is typically in the night or very early in the morning.
Keep the pool area free of trees and other plant life. Leaves from trees and the pollen from plants can all make their way into the water and cause it to become dirty faster than normal. You can give the pump a break by reducing the amount of contaminants that are getting inside of the pool.