All about Swimming Pool Pumps and Filters

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Your swimming pool pump and filter are the two basic components that keep your pool usable and clean. There are a number of options to choose from for both of these units and the right choice for you will depend on the size of your pool, budget and personal priorities. Read on to find out more about the range of pumps and filters we stock at Maple Pools, and which one is right for you.

Single-Speed Pumps

This is the most affordable type of pump and is currently the most popular. It operates on a single motor to remove debris and dirt at one speed whenever it's connected to power. These pumps are very efficient machines but must be turned off between pool uses to avoid running up huge energy bills.

Two-Speed Pumps

These are the middle ground between an affordable single-speed pump and an advanced variable speed pump. They are often used in spas where a lower pump speed is needed during filtration than during jet action. The Poolrite Gemini Twin Speed pump that we stock at Maple Pools can be operated via remote control for maximum convenience, and it is one of the quietest pumps on the market, which makes it perfect for spas located on terraces or balconies near to your living area.

Variable Speed Pumps

Variable speed pumps have a higher initial cost but offer you considerable savings in the long term. With these units, you have full control over the operating speed of your pump to achieve optimum efficiency. For example, during a heating cycle, you only need a low flow rate so the pump can be turned down. During a cleaning cycle, it can be turned up to help circulate the water. It?s estimated that a variable speed pump can reduce your pump energy costs by up to an impressive 90 percent, so the additional upfront cost would be made back in just a short time.

Cartridge Filters

A cartridge filter is generally recommended for smaller pools and is often the filter of choice for many pool builders. The unit can work with one, two or four cartridges which trap the debris in your pool water as it's pushed through between plastic pleats. They are very effective in cleaning swimming pool water and should be cleaned two or three times per year to maintain optimum efficiency. After several years, when your cartridges reach the end of their life, you can simply swap in a new one and the filter system is good as new.

Sand Filters

Sand filters can offer a higher level of clean for your water as the sand can trap smaller micron-sized particles that a cartridge filter won't catch. The filter works by passing water through a tank which is partially filled with sand. As the water moves through the system, the sand filters out the dirt and is then pushed back into the pool. These filters are backwashed using the multiport valve to clear the captured debris out of the sand and then the sand itself just needs to be changed every 6 or 7 years.

For more help on choosing a pump and filter for your pool, call us now on (02) 9604 6644 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.