How Long Should you Run your Pool Cleaner?

Swimming is an integral part of American culture. According to the US census bureau, swimming is the fourth most popular sport or activity in the United States. Owning a home with a swimming pool is the epitome of the American dream. A dirty pool is every pool owner’s nightmare. Having a green pond in your back yard masquerading as a swimming pool can be a genuine eyesore. Pool cleaners are a basic need in pool maintenance and are as essential as the pool itself. Keeping your pool clean if not well managed can become a costly affair.

How Long Should you Run your Pool Cleaner?

The following factors can affect the period of time your pool cleaner is left running.

Pool size

The amount of time a pool cleaner takes varies from pool to pool. The size of the pool is an obvious determinant. The amount of time it will take to clean an Olympic size pool will definitely differ from the time spent on a typical suburban family pool. San Alfonso Del Mar resort is the largest swimming pool in the world, and no it’s not in the United States it’s in Chile in South America. Be my guest and take a wild guess on how long they leave their pool cleaners running.

Pool Shape

Regular symmetrical shaped pools are easier to work with as compared to the oddly shaped monstrosities designers are coming up with nowadays. For instance, you can get a cat-shaped swimming pool made just to honor your beloved feline friend or even a guitar or a dollar sign. The Homestead Crater in Midway Utah is a fifty-five-foot tall limestone rock filled with water that was made into an underground pool. Waiting for your pool cleaner to finish cleaning all the odd nooks and crannies in such irregular shaped pools will definitely leave you running late for Saturday night family dinner.

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Cold weather

Going for a dip in your swimming pool during the warmer seasons can be a regular activity, and it’s easier to pay attention to your pool than during colder season like winter; when you can only afford to swim if you own a heated pool. Not only does the winter bring snow angels and sled rides, but it also means that the freezing conditions can result in damage to pool equipment and plumbing. These conditions are detrimental to the entire pool mechanism including the pool cleaner thereby limiting the time it can be kept running.


Our Top Robotic Pool Cleaner Picks

Our Top Pick: Dolphin Premier

The Dolphin Premier Robotic 2018 is among the best automatic pool cleaners you can find available on the market today. Along with cleaning the bottom of the swimming pool, the device is flexible enough to climb up the walls and clean those as well. It comes with smart control having a weekly timer so that your pool will be cleaned without you having to remember to set the cleaning. It also offers a tangle-free swivel, so you will never come home only to discover that the robotic pool cleaner got stuck in a corner and didn’t do an adequate job.

Our "Budget" Pick: Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus

Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Automatic Robotic Pool CleanerThe Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus is an "affordable" robotic pool cleaner. The robot can thoroughly clean an average swimming pool in about 2 hours. Once in operation, the sensors can also detect barriers in the base of your pool, avoid them and return to the charted path without minimal interruption in its cleaning routine. Some robotic pool cleaners would cost you a fortune to do this, but the Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus does this at the price of a top-end pressure-side pool cleaner, without the few 100 dollars’ extra costs for a booster pump.

Warmer weather

The hot and dry summer weather also comes with its challenges. If you have shrubs, bushes, trees or other flora around your pool, then it’s more than likely that you may experience a lot of dry leaves, dirt and other forms of debris ending up in your pool courtesy of the wind. This can mean longer than the usual time running your pool cleaner.

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Power Consumption

A swimming pool consumes about forty percent of the total power of an average pool owner’s homestead. A 3,500-liter pool will consume an average of 8000kwh of electricity a year while a 4,500-liter pool can consume up to 1100kwh. Booster-pump-powered hydraulic cleaners consume much more power as compared to self-powered robotic cleaners. Therefore, your overall energy budget can influence the type of pool cleaner used and the duration of use.

Type of pool

Below ground pools are designed to lift water vertically as opposed to above ground pools which are designed to work with gravity to feed the water through a pump. The biggest difference between the two is that the pumps used in the below ground pool consume more power. Above ground pool equipment are basically scaled down versions of the below ground equipment which means they can be left running for longer periods since their consumption is lower.

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Every pool owner faces different challenges when trying to maintain the required levels of pool hygiene. Keeping your pool safe and clean requires hands-on routine maintenance, and ultimately one has to make a choice on the type of pool cleaner to use based on one’s pool cleaning need.

Whether it’s a suction, pressure or robotic type, they all vary in terms of the levels of effectiveness, power consumption, and even speed and will, therefore, vary in the time each takes to complete the required pool cleaning. It is, therefore, safe to say that how long the pool cleaner is kept running depends on many factors which as we have seen in this article can be unique to each pool and pool owner.

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