One convenient way to keep your pool clean and ready to use is with an automatic pool cleaner (APCs). They help reduce- not eliminate- the need for brushing, skimming and vacuuming the pool so you can spend more time enjoying your pool and less time cleaning it.
- 1. Suction pool cleaners are the most popular type of cleaner and are also the most economical. The hose attaches to a skimmer or side port in the pool, and suction is generated from the pool pump. The cleaner moves around the pool in random patterns and puts the debris into the pool filter. It is easy to install and maintain and its suction is dependent upon the pressure from the filter, so the filter must be kept clean.
2. Pressure pool cleaners are more expensive, but they can work more efficiently. The cleaner hose attaches to the pool return, which is where the water flows into the pool from the filter. It runs off an additional pump, or booster pump, to push pressure through a line into the pool to the cleaner. The force of the water creates a vacuum and propels the cleaner, and dirt and debris are deposited into the pool's filter or, more commonly, into a bag. The use of the internal bag means dirt and leaves can be collected without clogging the filter. It also distributes filtered water into the pool. The pressure cleaner is more difficult to work on and install, but is more convenient to use when put together.
3. Automatic, or robotic, pool cleaners are the most efficient type of cleaner. They get power from and electricity connection from the home, using a transformer to convert the electrical current to a safe level. Automatic cleaners run on a timer, which is usually one to four hours, and they get the cleaning done in the least amount of time.