Pool School: How Often Should a Pool Pump Run in the Summer?
Posted on April 19, 2019 at 8:13 am
During the summertime when your pool’s in high use, the amount of time you run your swimming pool filters and pumps should be increased. But how much time is the right amount of time when it comes cleaning a busy a pool and keeping it clean?
Why You Need Your Pump
Running your pump on a regular basis is just part of regular Orlando pool maintenance. The pump is the heart of your pool’s circulation system, clearing out debris and keeping the chemicals properly mixed so that the pool water remains sanitary. How often you run your swimming pool filters and pumps will depend on a variety of factors, such as:
The size of the pool
How often the pool is being used
How much debris your pool collects/if the pool is regularly covered
Calculating Your Pump’s Running Time
This calculation can be used as a general guide for determining how long you should run your pump for proper Orlando, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville pool maintenance
(Pool volume/filtration rate) x 2 = Hours necessary to run a filter
So let’s say you have a 20,000 gallon pool and a filtration rate of 3000 gallons per hour. Your equation would look like this:
(20,000/3000) x 2 = 13.333 or 13 hours and 20 minutes during a 24 hour period of time
Other Factors to Consider
Again, this equation is intended to give you a general idea of how to clean a pool and keep it clean during the summer months. The size and type of pump that you have can also play a large role in how long you run your pump (as well as your operating costs). Having a smaller, high-efficiency pump may allow you to run the pump for anywhere from a third to half the amount of time of that of a larger and older pump. Keep an eye on your water and remember to test it frequently to ensure that the water stays clean and healthy.
About All Seasons Pools
All Seasons Pools has been a trusted pool expert for Orlando, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and other Atlantic coast communities since 1979. Started by John and Diane Watts, they specialize in creating amazing and unique backyard retreats for families to enjoy, including top-of-the-line custom pools and amazing outdoor living areas. They work hard to fulfill their motto to “leave every customer with a smile.”
As members of the Association of Pool & Spa Professions and Florida Swimming Pool Association, they put a strong emphasis on being strong, reliable builders and staying up-to-date on the latest pool industry technology and design trends. Visit their swimming pool gallery to see pools ranging from signature and geometric designs to natural forms.