What to Look for in Automatic Pool Cleaners

Swimming Pool Robot

Keeping your pool clean is a very important maintenance step for keeping all the equipment functioning properly.  But you also want to make sure that the cleaning apparatus you select for your pool is appropriate to your needs.

Before you choose an automatic pool cleaner, be sure to assess what your pool cleaning needs are.  Determine what kind of debris collects in your pool: is it mostly leaves and large debris, or bugs?  Does your pool collect a lot of fine particles like sand?  Is debris common, or is it rare?  Also, consider how big the pool is.  Smaller pools can be cleaned more quickly by smaller cleaners, but a large pool might take a while and require another option.  Also, if you’re considering an automatic pool cleaner, decide how much cleaning you can do yourself to help the automatic system.  You may have to brush the walls of the pool every so often and then let the automatic filters remove the debris from the water.  You should also consider the environment and other barriers to keep debris away from the water before it ever becomes a problem.  For example, if there are a lot of overhanging trees, you might collect more debris than if the pool is in a wide open area.  Additionally, a screened-in pool will collect less debris than one more exposed to the elements.

Generally, there are three main kinds of automated pool cleaners: suction-side pool cleaners, pressure-side pool cleaners, and robotic pool cleaners.  Suction-side cleaners use a long, flexible hose attached to the pool’s own filter system, usually attaching to an intake pipe at the skimmer basket.  The cleaner than moves randomly around the bottom and sides of the pool, using brushes to dislodge material, and the suction carries the material away to the pool’s own filters.  These are generally the most cost-effective automatic cleaners as they use existing equipment.

Pressure-side cleaners connect to the outtake of the pool’s filter system, thus using positive pressure rather than suction for their functionality.  This pressure is divided up in the cleaning unit for propulsion, sweeping the walls and floor of the pool, and the material collection mechanism.  Pressure-side cleaners have their own filter system, so they do not additionally tax the pool’s system.  However, because they are mounted on wheels rather than contacting the surfaces directly, they do not scrub the pool walls as efficiently as a suction-side cleaner.  Nevertheless, they are better at collecting large debris that gets into the pool.

Robotic pool cleaners are autonomous and can even be programmed for different pool sizes and shapes.  They generally complete a cleaning task and then shut off before repeating it at a predetermined time.  They are more expensive than the other cleaner systems, but save money by not requiring the pool pumps to be active during operation.

Keeping the pool clean, using whatever method is most conducive to your own situation, is important in maintaining the pool and keeping it fun for the whole family.  If you have any questions about pool maintenance or cleaning options, then be sure to contact Aqua King Pool Services, a Fort Lauderdale pool service company.

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