Having an outdoor pool always requires higher levels of upkeep – this is because leaves can fall in the water, frogs can come in it and if the pool is allocated in a place with a windy climate almost anything can end up in the pool.
If your pool is not clean and it contains bacteria and debris in it, you put your health at risk – you risk skin, urinary, ear, eye infections and much more. For these reasons it is imminent for a pool owner that enjoys spending time with friends or family in his/her pool to maintain the hygiene of the pool at high levels.
As regular filters just filtrate the water and don’t clean anything else besides that, pool owners traditionally used manual work – they did it themselves or they hired someone. This means that the person cleaning the pool would dry the pool, get a sponge, brush and a vacuum and do all of these things.
And it might be easy if your pool is small, but when it comes to average sized pools or larger ones – this can take more than a day, and the pool would be dirty in the next few days again.
For all of these reasons some manufactures have invented the robotic pool cleaners – they ease the process of cleaning pools and they save a lot of time and energy as they maintain regular upkeep of the pool. Robotic pool cleaners are like robotic vacuums for a pool; you just turn it on and it does the job by itself without you moving a muscle.
If you are a fresh pool owner you must be asking this question – and we are here to answer it because it is first thing you need to know. Most suctioning pool cleaners are very easy to install and they can be excellent for cleaning a pool with a reasonable amount of debris or dirt.
However, if your pool is exposed to a lot of dirt, leaves or wind, you should look for a pool cleaner with higher RPM (rotation per minute) power.
Most robotic or automatic pool vacuum cleaners are popular because they have self-contained systems which allow them to clean the pool by themselves – a person’s action is not needed. The way to use these pool cleaners starts with setting them up, which is a process that can vary from one cleaner to another.
Specific information about how to set up your pool cleaner always comes with the owner’s manual and most of them are quite handy. After you’ve done this, you put the robotic pool cleaner in your pool and the job is done. However, please note that your pool mustn’t be dried.
Some cleaners come with remote control features, which mean that you can control them from the outside – you can make it clean a spot or make it avoid certain areas in your pool. If your pool cleaner doesn’t have a feature that allows it to clean pool-walls and other vertical surfaces effectively, you must do this manually because you will end up with a dirty pool.
Pressure side pool cleaners are supposed to be attached to the side of the pool that does the suction – at the skimmer or on the port that is specifically made for a cleaner. You hook it up to the skimmer, turn on the pump and the filter and it starts working. It cleans your pool fast and effectively.
Most pool cleaners take about 2-4 hours to clean an average sized pool, by which time you can do everything you want without having to move a muscle.
After your pool has been cleaned, you can leave the cleaner in the pool, but you shouldn’t do this very often, and not only for aesthetical reasons. After taking it out of the pool, you need to empty the bag where the debris goes and mount it back on.
For most cleaners, you might need to use a screwdriver or other tools to open the back of it in order to clean it accordingly. Also, after some time of using your pool cleaner you must make sure that the filter is clean – this is because dead algae can stay there for a lot of time and this can cause your cleaner to malfunction.
Lastly, we would like to emphasize the benefits of having a robotic pool cleaner, and how it would improve your everyday life as an owner of a swimming pool.
It is important to note that these cleaners are the only types of pool cleaners that aren’t attached to the water circulation system of the pool, which also means that they don’t make any resistance or additional pressure on the regular of your pool.
Your filter isn’t required to be operational at the time, and it is often recommended for the filtration system to be off because this allows the particles to fall down on the floor when the robotic cleaner is doing its magic. Additionally, what is great about robotic pool cleaners is the fact that they have their own self-contained system which can be cleaned without a major effort. The filter bag can filter almost anything down to the size of 2 microns.
Robotic pool cleaners are fast, effective and very helpful and they cover the entire pool without a person’s effort. They do require upkeep themselves and they can require several repairs, but the clean and health friendly swimming pool is a much bigger benefit than any small and meaningless disadvantage.
If we take into consideration that robotic cleaners are the only variety of mechanical pool cleaners that aren’t connected in the circulation of the pool system, we would conclude that they don’t create any resistance or pressure on the pool filter system. They are much more energy efficient than other types of automatic pool cleaner that do rely on the pool filter to function. They therefore not only save you energy but also money in the process by reducing your energy bills.
The pool filter doesn’t need to be in operational mode, and a lot of professionals suggest that when you are using your cleaner, you should turn off the filtration system if you want to improve the end-result of your pool cleaning. This is because the moving and light specks and flocks from your pool water must be able to find their way to the bottom of the pool surface- this way you will be sure that your pool cleaner will effectively get rid of them all.