Spring is a great time of the year. In comes warmer temperatures, longer days, nicer weather, and so much more. Not to ever be forgotten is that the start of spring also ushers in the beginning of pool season. Whether you’re opening your pool or using it in the middle of the summer, it’s very important to keep it clean. Getting maximum enjoyment out of your pool starts with caring for it and always cleaning it properly and regularly for everyone to enjoy.
Investing in an automatic pool cleaner allows you, the pool owner, to spend more time in the pool than cleaning it. At the start of every pool season it’s always a good thing to run tests on your cleaner if you are taking it out of storage, or if you are getting a new cleaner, or if it’s your first foray into the world of pool cleaners this blog will help explain the different types of cleaners so that the one you select works correctly and efficiently.
If you are looking for a new pool cleaner, there are three main questions that you should think about when deciding. They are:
What kind of pool do you have?
What type of dirt and debris do you have?
How much maintenance is involved?
There are three main types of pool cleaner options.
Pressure Cleaners or “pressure side cleaners” connect to the pool via what is called a “dedicated return line” and may need a separate booster pump to operate. There is a filter bag that’s attached to the main vehicle where debris are captured and stored so that it remains out of the filtration system of the actual pool. If your pool system was built with the appropriate plumbing to support a pressure-side cleaner, then a pressure cleaner would be an ideal choice for you.
These types of cleaners feature an extra wide vacuum opening for ease in removal of large items like pebbles, twigs, leaves, acorns, and anything else that may have fallen into your pool. These cleaners also move around while efficiently dispersing clean and heated water throughout the swimming pool. These cleaners are very easy to use and only require simple and routine emptying of the debris from the storage bag.
Suction cleaners which are also referred to as “suction side pool cleaners” attach either through a dedicated suction line or through the skimmer itself. These types of cleaner suck up debris, capturing it in the leaf catcher, skimmer basket, or pump filter basket. Designed for efficiency, suction cleaners operate quietly while your pool system is running (when swimmers are out of the water).
Suction side pool cleaners are great at collecting fine debris like sand and algae. Some models even have scrubbing brushes to remove stuck-on debris from the floors, walls and tile line. With just a bit of maintenance to empty the skimmer and pump filter basket regularly, a suction cleaner may be the right choice for you.
Robotics cleaners can be used in both above ground and inground pools depending on the model. They are not powered or assisted by your pool’s filtration system and are independent of all other components. Most of the time, all you have to do is plug your robot into an outdoor GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) electrical outlet, place it in the pool, and the robotic cleaner goes to work drawing in everything from medium debris to fine particles — like algae, pollen, sand, leaves and pebbles — and collecting it in an easy-to-clean internal canister or basket.
Some robotic cleaners even provide premium features like custom cleaning cycles while maximizing energy efficiency and pool cleaning coverage for quicker cleaning times. Some robots even use smart technology that traces and remembers the most efficient ways and paths to clean your pool. Many of the upper tier robots available on today’s market can also be controlled remotely and provide a complete status update all on a phone or tablet app. A robotic cleaner operates for just pennies in power consumption a day, consuming less energy than other types of cleaners. Robotic pool cleaners do require a slightly higher level of interaction as they regularly need to be removed from the pool and also emptied of debris.
Still not sure which cleaner is right for you? We would be more than happy to help! We are an official warranty dealer of all of the major pool cleaner brands and our team both advises and works on most pool cleaners on the market today
Once you select and purchase a pool cleaner, start getting used to it when you first open your swimming pool and try to stick to a routine cleaning schedule. Sticking to a schedule will help ensure that your pool is always clean and always usable. Being proactive with cleaning helps prevent any problems from arising.