Guide to Choosing the Right Pool Equipment

Know Your Pool Equipment Options and Features

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Owning a pool and keeping it properly maintained depends on the pool owner’s dedication and care. Choosing the right pool equipment is crucial in managing ongoing maintenance time and cost as well as keeping the pool clean and safe. There are many kinds of pool equipment on the market. It is important to choose not only something that is cost effective and reliable, but durable and long lasting as well.

Filtration System

Sand Filters- Sand filters work by catching dirt and debris as pool water is pushed through rough sand in the filtration system. When using a sand filter as a pool’s filtration system, having a high gallons per minute (GPM) capacity is important, and it requires back washing. Sand filters are easy to use and operate, but they do require frequent maintenance.

Cartridge Filter- Cartridge filters work by forcing the pool water through the cartridge in order to catch both big and smaller particles. Because a cartridge filter does not require a high GPM, it allows you to save on energy costs. While these filters cut down on maintenance and wear and tear on pool pumps, they are often more expensive to purchase than other filtration systems.

Pool Pumps

Single Speed- Single speed pool pumps are still the most common type of pump despite being loud and inefficient in comparison. When running, they operate at a single, constant speed. Although they are cheaper to purchase, single speed pumps accumulate higher operating costs.

Double Speed- While similar to a single speed pool pump in operation, the double speed pump offers two different speeds, just as its name indicates. The pump can run on a slower speed throughout the day and be switched to the higher speed when operating water features, jets or suction cleaners. This makes it more cost effective than the single speed pump and more efficient for cleaning. While cheaper to operate, they typically cost more to purchase than a single speed pump. 

Variable Speed- Variable speed pumps allow the pool owners to put in the exact speed at which the pump should be functioning for its current function. This eliminates energy waste and significantly lowers operating costs. 

Vacuum System

Pressure Side Cleaners- These pool cleaners are usually found in older pools and pools with only one skimmer. The pressure side pool cleaners propel themselves through the pool by water returning from their filtration system. Because of their ability to catch large debris in their bag, they are a good option for pools that see a good amount of leaves and other large debris. By catching the large debris, the pool’s filtration system has less wear.

Suction Cleaners- Suction cleaners use the pool filtration’s suction side to move itself through the pool, collecting debris from the pool floor and sending it to the strainer baskets or pool filter. These are typically found in newer pools and have a suction hookup built into the pool wall. They can also be hooked up to older pools through the skimmer.

Robotic Cleaners- These state-of-the-art cleaners work independently from the pools filtration system, collecting debris in a mesh bag that has to be emptied like the pressure side cleaners. Many robotic cleaners use microchip technology in order to memorize pool shape and create the most efficient cleaning route.

In-Floor Cleaning Systems- For truly automated maintenance, an in-floor cleaning system can be installed during the construction or remodeling process. Built-in water jets raise from the pool floor when the cleaning system is turned on, spraying strong jets of water across the floor to hydraulically sweep dirt and debris into drains. While often the most expensive cleaning option, these systems can also come with a range of additional benefits, like improved heating and, when paired with a variable speed pump, greater energy efficiency.