Perhaps the most common reason people choose to install a pool is because they want to relax and enjoy it with their family and friends. For many Magnolia homeowners, though, there is nothing more tiring than cleaning the pool. An automatic pool cleaner can take some of the drudgeries out of maintaining your pool, but how can you tell which pool cleaner is right for you? To help, we've broken down two basic pool vacuum types and their pros and cons to help you decide.
With sleek designs, their own filter components, an onboard computer system and convenient programming options, robotic vacs are designed to plug in and go. However, that convenience comes at a cost; robotic pool cleaners typically cost two to three times that of a traditional pool cleaner. Robotic vacuums can be used on a variety of pool types from in-ground to above ground, and the size of the pool doesn’t matter.
Robotic pool cleaners work better than some other types of pool vacs. They have the ability to remove micro granules of dirt that are often left behind by other automatic pool cleaners. Some of the more advanced robotic pool cleaner models are also capable of moving the pool water as it cleans, improving water circulation as it operates. When your pool water circulates, it is easier to maintain a level chemical balance, keeping your water clearer and more healthy. It discourages algae growth and keeps you from having to test your pool's chemical levels constantly.
Robotic vacs are low maintenance. The robot has a built-in filtration system, separate from the pool’s main filter system. By trapping dirt and debris in a self-contained filter bag, you can eliminate time and energy spent backwashing the system. Simply remove the canister filter, clean the bag and remove dirt, then pop it back into place.
Pressure Side Vacs
The pressure side automatic pool cleaner is quick and efficient. Because they operate independently from your pool filter system, they aren’t typically affected by a full pump basket or dirty system filter. A pressure side vac is fueled by water returning to your pool, which evenly distributes the water throughout your pool, helping to balance chemical levels, and keeping algae at bay.
By utilizing a pre-existing pressure side line, a pressure side cleaner is propelled throughout your pool, but it may require an additional booster pump to operate. Unlike suction side cleaners, they don’t use your pool’s filtration system to filter out debris, but they do need to have the pump running to operate. They are less expensive than other cleaners such as robots, and they are easy to maintain. Because they utilize a filtration bag to contain dirt and debris, they can save money by relieving pressure and wear and tear on your filtration system.
For more information about which pool vacuum is best for your unique needs, call us at Pierce Pools & Outside Visions today! We’ve been serving the Magnolia, TX community for 17 years, and are dedicated to ensuring your pool gets the care and attention it deserves.