While swimming pools are a fun way to cool off and relax in the summer, they can lead to higher energy costs. Follow these four steps to keep your pool running as efficiently as possible: Keep it covered
Keep your pool/hot tubs/spas covered when not in use. Uncovered pools can lose 30% of their heat and over 10,000 litres of water just through evaporation. Consider using a solar blanket or NC Cover Free to keep swimming pools warm overnight.
Run your pool and spa pump only as required. For pools, run your pump 12 hours during off-peak and mid-peak hours, instead of around the clock. You’ll save electricity.
Let your timer do the work
Use timers to operate swimming pool pumps, filters and heaters during off-peak periods when prices are lowest. Lower the temperature during the week if pool is not in use and then reset the thermostat on Friday evening so it’s the right temperature for the weekend.
Become a pool inspector
Regularly clean strainers and filters to help your pool pump run more efficiently. Be sure to inspect your pool, hot tub or spa heater once a year for scale, mineral deposits and corrosion.
Before installing a new pump check your filters flow rate. Your new pump cannot exceed it. It is important to make sure the new pump can move enough water to effectively filter your pool. Ideally 3 times in a 24 hour period.
Pump location & plumbing
This is vital, you want a straight unobstructed line from the front of the pump. At least 5-10 times the diameter of the pipe in length. Installing a 90 elbow close to the intake of the pump will cause friction and turbulence. This will be one of the sure reasons for early failure of your pump. Consider a bonding wire or a sacrificial anode to protect your pump from corrosion. Even a small leak allows chlorinated water to be drawn into the motor.
These tips will protect your pump and give you maximum performance!