Most of us are completely oblivious to the hard working swimming pool pump as we are splashing around and enjoying ourselves on holiday or down at the local leisure centre but it is good to be aware of how important a factor the pump is in the maintaining of a healthy, hygienic pool.
What follows, are 10 facts about the water pumps that power our swimming pools, providing a little information about how they work and what they achieve.
1. As mentioned in the introduction, the pool pump is a vital part of the whole system and ensures that the water is as free of bacteria as possible and helps to give it the inviting appearance that makes us want to jump in!
2. Water pumps circulate water around the pool.
3. They force the water through a filtration system which enables the chemicals to be evenly distributed and dispersed and also makes sure that the water doesn’t become stagnant with constant movement.
4. It is also possible to use heat pumps which raise the level of the water temperature. A simple mechanism which just requires you to set a temperature, absorbing energy from the air and returning it to the pool water.
5. Water pumps can be used with sea water, bromine, chlorine and an Iodine & Bromine combination.
6. They filter any debris and detritus from the water, once again allowing all the users of the pool a fun and healthy time.
7. How much water can be pumped in an hour rather than the amount of horsepower a pump has is how pump quality is usually determined.
8. A typical pool pump uses around 500 watts to 2000 watts of energy.
9. Commercial and public swimming pool pumps often run 24 hours a day whereas a residential pool pump might only run for 4 hours a day in the winter months but constantly during the warm summer months when the water is likely to be used more frequently.
10. Usefully, some water pumps will have two motor speeds in order to save energy and power when most needed.
There are plenty of different manufacturers who make swimming pool and more general water pumps ‘, so shopping around for the right one at the right price is always a good idea. Use the internet to help you make decisions and read about the different options available before you commit to buy.