Warmer weather means it’s time to run your pool pump longer

Wednesday 22 Aug 2018

As we move into the warmer months, longer daylight hours and stronger sunlight wreak havoc with chlorine levels in your property’s pool.

Strong sunlight strips chlorine and this increases the risk of your pool turning green as algae levels build up.

If your pool is salt water chlorinated, there’s an increased risk because the amount of chlorine in your pool relates directly to the length of time for which your pool filter runs each day.

If your pool requires you to add chlorine liquid or granules, it’s vital you maintain adequate levels of chlorine or your filter will struggle to work efficiently, potentially leading to a green pool and the need for expensive chemicals to correct the situation.

Time to increase your pump’s hours

Naturally, like refrigerators, hot water services and air conditioners, pool pumps are amongst the larger consumers of electricity in your home.

So it’s not at all surprising that many of us have thought about cutting back on the number of hours the pump runs each day.

However, while it’s quite acceptable, in fact recommended, to reduce your pool pump’s running hours during winter, the opposite is true in the warmer months.

At this time of year, we ask all of our tenants to speak to one of our property managers about the recommended number of hours your pump should be running each day.

With salt water pools, running the pump at night can help reduce your electricity bill as the chlorine produced is not immediately affected by sunlight, and you may be able to reduce the pump’s running hours slightly as a result.

However, it’s better to check with us if you’re not very experienced because you don’t want your pool to become a health hazard to your children, just at the time they’re so keen to get in it.

Getting back to blue can be expensive

Once a pool has turned green, it can be a pretty expensive process getting it back to blue.

Getting the experts in from Poolwerx is usually the fastest path to a solution though.

A pool advisor will test your water and calculate exactly what volume of chemicals will be needed to bring your water’s PH levels back to normal. After that, the process of re-establishing correct chlorine levels can begin.

So, if you’re tempted to reduce your pool pump’s running hours, please speak to us for advice first. We have lots of tips and suggestions to maximize the efficiency of your pool filter and save you money in the long run.