Lewiston residents want to make sure they keep their pool clean without using their pool pump more than necessary. In this article, we are going to talk with you more about how and when you should run your pool pump.
Everyone wants to know how long they should run their pool pump. Whether you have been a long time pool owner or you are getting a new installation done right now, you have probably been wondering about the necessary amount of time you should run your pool pump.
The Turnover Rate
Your main goal is to run all of the water in your pool through your pool filter each day. This is known as your turnover rate. While it isn’t possible to know exactly what your pool’s turnover rate is, most pool pumps are able to pump the water of the pool through 2-3 times per day. If this is the case with your pool then around 12 hours would work for your pool. If you can do more, that is great as well.
How Much Is This Pool Pump Usage Going to Cost Me?
If you are worried you are going to spend too much money on your electricity bill, you can call your energy company and ask them about the best times to run your pool. Most of the time it is between the offpeak hours which are during 9:00 pm and 9:00 am. Since fewer people are using energy at this time, it makes the rates lower. This might be an annoying time to run the pool pump if you are cleaning your pool since it is doubtful you will want to stay up all night making sure you’ve filtered the chemicals properly. You may find a solution by running it six hours in the day and six hours at night. The best way to do this is by having a timer do the turning on and off for you.
Look Into a Variable Speed Pool Pump
One of the ways you can save money is with a variable speed pool pump. It will allow you to run your pool pump at higher speeds when you are adding chemicals and lower the speeds when you are simply filtering the water. This is another investment however and you have to make sure it is going to make money sense with you.
Cleaning Your Pool & Running the Pump
While it may feel painful to run the pool pump for long period of time, you need to make sure your pool is clean. If you do not, you may run into challenges like algae takeovers and cloudy pool problems. Now that you have your pool, you need to take proper care of it, even if that means you are going to running up your electric bill a little bit. The costs it would take to clean up the pool if it got out of hand could be much more than the electricity so make sure to keep this in mind.