As the summer months approach and the weather begins to heat up, you may be thinking this is the year to finally buy an above ground pool! In the excitement of finding the right pool for you, there are some important things that should not be overlooked. One of these is the importance of selecting the right kind of swimming pool pump. It might seem like much more fun to pick out a slide or pool toys, and you may think that any pool pump will do. But if you want a pump that functions well to keep dirt, bugs, leaves and other debris out of the water, than you should pay attention to what you buy, and do a little research before you buy it!
No two swimming pool pumps are exactly the same, and it’s important that you understand the right type for your pool. It might seem like the bigger the pump, the better, but it’s actually important to find the right match and not purchase something that is more powerful than you need. Buying the right pump will save you money up front, as well as down the road.
To start, there are two measurements you will need to know before you head to the store to buy a swimming pool pump. Some pumps are designed to move more water than others. To determine how powerful a pump you need, you will need to know the amount of water your swimming pool holds in gallons. If the pool doesn’t give you this information outright, use the pool dimensions to figure the number. Multiply the width by the depth and then that number by the height. This will give you the volume of the pool. One cubic foot holds about 7.5 gallons. It’s okay if your number is approximate, just get as close as you can.
You will also need to calculate how many gallons of water per hour you want to be circulated by the pump. Find this measurement by diving the number of gallons of water your pool holds by the number of hours you want it to take for the pump to process all the water. This will help find a pump that is efficient and sturdy enough to get your pool running the way you want it to.
After ensuring the pumps you are looking at meet the requirements for water circulation, there are a few more things to compare. Check basic ratings and reviews, to make sure the pump has worked well for others. Also compare the efficiency of various pumps by comparing their head ratings, which show how much energy they use. Be sure that the pump will fit and install properly on your pool.
It is also helpful to do some research on the other equipment in your pool, such as the filters and heaters, because they can effect how well your pump does it’s job. Now you are ready to buy a perfect pool pump – happy swimming!