Pool cleaners are devices designed to remove dirt, debris, and contaminants from swimming pools, keeping the water clean and clear. There are several types of pool cleaners, each with its advantages and functions. Here are the main types:
Suction-Side Pool Cleaners:
- How They Work: Suction-side pool cleaners connect to the suction side of the pool’s circulation system, typically through the skimmer or a dedicated suction port. They use the pool pump’s suction to move around the pool and collect debris.
- Advantages: Generally more affordable, easy to install, and suitable for most pool sizes and shapes.
- Considerations: May increase the load on the pool pump, and they rely on the pool’s filtration system.
Robotic Pool Cleaners:
- How They Work: Robotic pool cleaners are independent units that operate on low-voltage electricity. They are placed in the pool, and a built-in pump and filter system clean the pool water while the cleaner moves along the pool surface.
- Advantages: Highly efficient, don’t rely on the pool’s circulation system, energy-efficient, and have a filtration system.
- Considerations: Generally more expensive upfront, but they can save on energy costs in the long run.
Manual Pool Cleaners:
- How They Work: Manual pool cleaners are tools operated by the pool owner or a pool maintenance professional. Examples include manual vacuums, brushes, and skimmers.
- Advantages: Inexpensive and allow for more precise cleaning in specific areas.
- Considerations: Require manual effort and time, and may not be as efficient as automatic cleaners.
When selecting a pool cleaner, there are several factors that you should consider, such as the size and shape of your pool, your budget, and your specific cleaning needs. Proper use and regular maintenance of the pool cleaner are essential to maintain the overall health and clarity of the pool water. To extend the lifespan of your cleaner, consider these two tips. Firstly, replace the moving components such as the feet, wings, paws, rollers, or tires, every season. Secondly, remember that you get what you pay for. A high-quality pool cleaner may cost more initially, but it will save you money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace it as often.