Instead of using chemicals to clean pool water, invest in swimming pool equipment that steadily cleans debris from the pool throughout the day and filters away dirty water. Different types of pool cleaners are designed with vacuum pumps, pool filters and other features to lift away leaves, dirt, insects and debris floating in the water, and these can be attached to both in-ground and above-ground pools. The type of pool cleaner you choose will depend on the size of your pool and your budget. Set a budget range so you can choose the right model when comparing brands with similar features and functions.
Contact a local pool builder or pool contractor for suggestions. These professionals may be able to provide recommendations on brands of pressure, suction and automatic pool cleaners based on your budget requirements.
Decide which areas of the pool you want the cleaning unit to handle. Automatic suction and pressure pool cleaners are designed to clean the bottom, while robotic cleaners will clean the side walls. Determine how much of the pool you want to clean automatically, and how much time or resources you want to invest in cleaning the remainder.
Calculate energy costs. Automatic cleaners will run on very little electricity, while suction and pool cleaners may demand a higher power load. Consider how often you will be using the cleaner and how this will affect your monthly utility bill.
Learn about maintenance requirements. You will be responsible for cleaning and changing the debris bags of automatic and robotic cleaners. If you invest in a suction cleaner, you will be responsible for changing out filters and liners on a regular basis. Review the manufacturer’s cleaning and care instructions so that you choose a cleaner you feel comfortable maintaining for the long term.
Evaluate installation requirements. Suction and robotic pool cleaning units can be installed without the help of a professional, while pressure pool cleaners and those designed with advanced features may require professional installation. Find out what the installation instructions are for each cleaner, and if you have access to a manufacturer-trained installer.
Review warranty information. When comparing pool cleaners with similar features, consider the warranty information. The warranty needs to cover critical parts and features including filters, motors and suction valves on the unit. Look in the Dex listings for swimming pool and hot tub supplies.
Tips & Warnings
- When considering an electrically-powered swimming pool pump, make sure that it’s capacity can handle the size and volume of your pool. A pump that isn’t designed for your particular pool size may not properly clean and circulate the water.
- Most pumps and filters are designed either for in-ground or above-ground pools. Check the packaging to make sure that your pump or filter is meant for your pool.
- Be prepared to pay shipping and delivery fees if you are purchasing a cleaning unit online, or if you decide to order it straight from the manufacturer.