How Long Should Pool Pumps Run In A Day?

Pool Pumps

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Running and maintaining a swimming pool can be a burden to the pocket. There is a laundry list of expenses associated with maintaining a pool. Its installation alone exacts a considerable sum of money. This cost includes the accessories needed for a well-maintained pool such as pool pump, filter and cover. You have to pay for the water needed to fill and maintain it. Add the cost of this to those of chlorine, borax and other chemicals used to open and maintain the pool. Then there’s the electricity bill. Swimming pools require electricity to run pool pumps and heaters.

The Uses of Pool Pumps

The pool pump and heater require electricity to run a swimming pool. Of the two, the pool pump may need to be run longer to ensure clean water for swimming. It plays the lead in the circulation system of your swimming pool, clearing the water from debris and mixing and propelling chemicals into the filtration system and back. Many factors, such as pool size and frequency of use, influence the ideal number of hours that pool pumps must be turned on. Without running the filtration system, debris can affect the clarity of the water, which could also turn into a fertile breeding ground for bacteria and other microbes. Who wants to go for a dip in a slimy pond?

Manage Pool Pump Usage to Bring Down the Electric Bill

There is no question that running the pool pump is essential in the proper maintenance of your pool. However, you cannot just perpetually turn it on. It can bust, and don’t forget your electricity bill. The key is to utilize a high-efficiency pool pump and run it for just as long as needed. Chemicals will stay mixed even if you periodically turn off the pump. Running the filtration system at least every 24 hours or once a day is recommended. Running it twice a day is even better, but will consume more energy. Running it three times will only add to your electric bill.

Steps in Computing For The Required Operating Hours of Pool Pumps

Consider these steps in determining the number of hours that you need to run your pool pump, although, not everyone may agree to this:

1. Determine the volume of water in gallons.

2. Determine the flow rate of the pump in gallons per minute.

3. Calculate the number of minutes required to operate the filter by dividing the number of gallons by the flow rate.

Let us translate these steps by using assumed figures:

So let’s say, your pool contains 6000 gallons of water with a pool pump that can pump 24 gallons per minute. Using the steps to compute for the number of hours to run the pool pump, this will give you 250 minutes or 4 hours and 10 minutes of the required pumping action. You can multiply this number of hours by two if you want to do this twice a day, and will give you 8 hours and 20 minutes. You can also opt to run the pump more than twice a day but for short periods.

Pool pumps play a crucial role in maintaining the clarity of swimming pool water. You can periodically turn your pump off at certain times of the day to manage your energy consumption.

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