Now that winter is almost taking its leave, I’m sure you’d agree with me it’s the ideal time to start planning for the hot days of the year. As the year 2020 was marked by a situation of pandemics, many started thinking of skipping holiday altogether this summer season. If this is you, my question is: “Why skip on the summer fun too when you can take your holiday at home?”
Yes, this is the perfect opportunity to consider getting your very own pool! Don’t worry, you don’t require a huge budget or space to make your pool dreams come true: the solution lies in getting an above ground pool! Put your favourite hat on, apply skincare, and you’ll immediately get in holiday mode!
Investing in Your Pool
Apart from the affordability, above ground pools are also easier to install, available in various sizes and you’ve got more flexibility with where you want to place them. As additional benefits, they come in handy when you’re in need of some refreshment from the heat. They provide stress relief and can assist you with maintaining your physique as you’d be able to swim your way to a healthier you!
Still, you might find it slightly difficult when maintenance and cleaning are required in which case it’s important to mention the essence of accessories such efficient and powerful pool pump and filter. As the heart of the pool, the filter pumping system is what keeps the water nice and clean by circulating it, so you have to pay particular attention to the options when choosing a pump or replacing your existing one.
Choosing the Pump
Mind the Size
Though you may not care much about the pump size, not getting the right one could affect the pumping capacity. Both a bigger model and a smaller one than required could make for dirty water.
As a result, you can expect an increase in your expenses as well with time. This is so because with a smaller pump you’d need to increase the use of chemicals to get the pH levels right, understanding the dangers of too low and too high pH levels. And on the other hand, with a bigger pump than needed, you’ll only waste more energy than necessary.
It’s really quite simple when deciding on the size. The key lies in knowing the size of your pool, i.e. its volume, specifically by calculating the litres of water it can hold up. Since it’s connected to the efficiency of the filter too, it’s crucial to add to this consideration the gallons per minute (GPM) of the pool filter which unlike the pump is best when oversized so don’t be afraid to go a size up.
In case you don’t know much about your pool specs, it’s advisable to read the manual information so you’d find out more about your pool pump and filter, in the example of flow rating and turnover rates. If by chance you don’t have the manual, look up a size chart or calculator online to measure up your pool size precisely and avoid guessing and making the mistake of buying the wrong pump. You can come to the exact measurement by taking the shape, length, width and depth into account.
Mind the Horsepower
When deciding on pool pumps, you’d have to consider their horsepower to. And the choice again comes down to the volume of your pool. Pools holding up less than 57 920 litres require the use of a pump with 1HP, whereas those holding up more than this amount need a pump with 1.5HP. These recommendations are made regardless of whether the shape is round or oval.
Furthermore, the horsepower of the pump depends on the swimmer traffic so if you’re using the pool moderately you can do with a smaller horsepower, which isn’t to say for higher swimmer traffic.
Mind the Accessories
Same as with the volume and traffic, you have to have the accessories in mind since some of them can affect the flow rate of the pump. For instance, making the most of your garden and pool with the use of fancy features such as waterfalls, fountains and spas can take its toll on the flow of the pump. A cleaner in the pump filtration system will also place more load on the pump. In other words, if you have any of these accessories, you need higher horsepower.
Mind the Operation
Unfortunately, modern lifestyles have become quite busy that we scarcely have the time to do everything we plan on doing daily. If this sounds like you, you probably don’t want to bother with turning the pump on and off twice a day so what you’d do is leave it on for hours on end.
To be able to prolong the lifespan of your pool filters and pumps, it’s best to invest in a timer. As you’d see with the use, getting one is helpful with cutting down on energy costs (which is also good for the environment), maintenance as well as chemical supplies.