Pool water free from debris and other contaminants is important for maintaining swimmers’ health and safety, not to mention happiness. But the type of filter you need can differ depending on your filtration needs, financial situation and willingness to put time and effort into maintenance. Plus the quality of filtration depends on the size of the filter media; the finer the media, the higher the purity of water achieved.
Here’s some information on the most common types of pool filters on the Australian market to help you decide which type is best suited to you.
Robotic pool cleaners travel the entire floor of the pool sweeping and vacuuming debris which is then picked up and deposited in the body of the cleaner. They have their own pump and drive motor as well as a small built-in filter, which cleans the water before returning it back into the pool. Robotic cleaners are now an affordable and effective option for many pool owners. Working independently of the filter system, robotic cleaners are driven by an electric motor inside the unit. Being easy to clean and faster then most other cleaners they are self-contained, collecting dirt and debris in a bag or cartridge within the cleaner.
Perfect for any pool especially if you don't like the idea of a hose in the pool. Robotic cleaners feature self-programming scanning software, enabling them to automatically calculate the most effective cleaning patterns according to your pool dimensions. The software also controls the filtering, scrubbing, sweeping and vacuuming process, irrespective of surface finish or pool shape.Read More
Pressure side pool cleaners are designed in most cases to use a separate auxiliary pump. They take some of the filtered water from the pool return line, boost the pressure, and return it to the cleaning system. This filtered high pressure water is then used to jet into every corner of the pool. It uses the “venturi” effect to draw leaves and other pool debris into an on-board container equipped with a net bag. This method puts no load on the filter system which makes it especially useful in very leafy situations.
While in operation, full skimming action is available, making the skimmer more effective in removing surface debris.
Suction type pool cleaners are attached to the skimmer box or a dedicated suction point and are usually powered by the filter pump. The suction type cleaner vacuums the pool floor in a random pattern and sucks up dirt and debris and deposits it via a hose into the skimmer box. Larger material such as leaves, bigger insects and flower petals, are trapped in the basket inside the skimmer for emptying later.
The additional process of filtering the pool water from the bottom improves pool water clarity. By gathering the organic contamination into its own filter bag, and not depositing it into the pool’s filter system, saves on chemical costs. This filter bag can be removed after every timed operation cycle and washed if required.