December 4th, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Watch That Pump!

With times getting tough and people trying to pinch pennies anyway we can, one thought is to save a little money on our electricity by running our pump for only 4-6 hours during the heat of summer. While this seems like a great way to save some money, you’ll be paying for it when you lose swimming time in the summer because of pool algae. A good rule of thumb is to run your pumps at least 10-14 hours a day during the summertime. During winter, you can cut the time in half if your pool is not winterized. If the temperature is below freezing and the pool has not been winterized, the pump should run 24/7.

Another common issue with pool owners is that sometimes we tend to run our pump all the time instead of for an allotted time. Running your pump 24 hours a day when it only need to be running 12 hours a day will waste electricity and cause your pump to wear out faster.

A great way to figure out how long you should run your pool pump is by this great formula: pump gpm (gallons per minute) X 60 minutes = gph (gallons per hour). Pool gallons / gph = hours per day to run the pump.

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