As the popularity of Pool Robots increases, the true benefits of these machines becomes more and more clear. Most are purchased to get the dirt out of the pool and for some it is simply an alternative to pushing a pole around the pool with a vac head plugged into the skimmer or suction fitting.
There are a few tricks that will really make these things worth the extra money spent. The cost of running a pool is increasing all of the time and if you do a few things you can make a real difference in this cost. There are a number of energy saving devices on the market and some time I will try to talk about those things but for now and for this post, I will go over the proper way to use your pool robot to maximize your energy savings and increase the functionality of your robot at the same time.
First lets look at the circulation system of your pool. Water is sucked from the pool, at the skimmer and in a lot of pools from the main drain which is usually that plastic grate thing in the deep end.
Water is pulled to the pump where it is then pushed through the equipment. In order, this is usually the filter, then the heater, then the sanitizer, which could be a puck feeder or a salt water system or any of a number of alternative sanitizers. The water is then returned to the pool.
In a nut shell, the water is filtered heated and sanitized at the equipment pad. Some people have the sanitizer feed somewhere else such a a floating dispenser or they simply put pucks in the skimmer (not a good idea). The heater is optional and not everyone has one of those either.
Now lets introduce the robot to this story. Without getting into too much detail on the different models, they all pretty much all vacuum up dirt and stir up the water a lot. if we look at the equipment pad, we have a big noisy energy sucking pump pulling water through long lengths of pipe just to push the water through a sand bed (the filter) that typically filters down to about 40 microns. If you happen to have a cartridge filter it may go down to 10 microns. The pool robot on the other hand has a much more energy efficient pump that moves almost as much water (over 5,000 gallons per hour for most) and does this for pennies per cycle. The worst of the robot filtration systems will filter down to 10 microns but most have bags that will filter down to 2 microns. At this filtration level the machines are literally filtering the green out of the water.
If the water is warm enough and the sanitizer levels are proper, there is no need to run you pool pump while the robot is in the pool. It is a much more energy efficient way to filter the water and while it is doing this, it is stirring the pool which helps to distribute chemicals evenly througout the pool.
Turning off your pool pump an hour or two before you run the pool robot also allows the suspended debris in the pool to settle to the bottom where it can be picked up by the machine. there are a number of timers on the market that can do this for you so that you don’t have to be running out to the pool a number of times to make this process work. A simple two stage timer can be set up to turn the pool pump off and then turn on the robot an hour later and then turn off the robot and power up the pump again. when the cleaning cycle is complete.
These timers can be purchased for about $50.00 and if they are used for the purpose described above, they will easily pay for themselves in energy savings. To see how to get your Aquabot to function on an external timer, please see my blog post here
Simply turning off your pool pump and letting your pool robot perform most of the same functions is a great way to save money and keep your pool looking great.
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