Above-Ground Swimming Pool Pump - Why You Would Need One

by Pool Builders on 02-20-2010 in Articles

Having a swimming pool at home can be fun especially during the warm season. When I bought our above ground pool a few summers ago, I was looking forward to fun times with my family without having to drive to the beach. The fun however, takes a backseat for a while when your pool starts accumulating dirt and debris. I also knew that keeping stagnant water in my pool will attract insects, bugs and other types of wildlife. Then I start thinking about maintaining cleanliness of the pool and at the same time not spending a lot of my hard earned money. I figured that when I bought the pool, I had to keep it clean using an above ground swimming pool pump to maintain water circulation and filtration.

An above ground swimming pool pump is like a compressor to a home air-conditioner or refrigerator. Air-conditioners and refrigerators need compressors to circulate refrigerants, moving heat out of an enclosure- be it a room or a cabinet, keeping temperature cool and comfortable. In the case of an above ground swimming pool pump, it serves as the heart of the entire system as it moves water from the pool to the drain, filter and back to the pool keeping water clean and safe.

What I like about this kind of pump is that it has low maintenance requirements. A large filter basket serves as a repository of dust and debris. The pump motor has an internal protection device that prevents overloading. This overload protection feature helps control energy consumption.

How do you choose the right above ground swimming pool pump? The answer may vary and this can be determined by a few factors.

The size of the pool is a significant factor in selecting your pump. An oversized pump can be dangerous especially for children as it creates swirling of water in the pool. It can also be uncomfortable if you just want to take a dip and relax in your pool. On the other hand, a pump too small for your pool is not effective as it takes more cycles, time and energy to circulate and filter pool water. It is recommended that you consult with swimming pool professionals or dealers in properly sizing your above ground swimming pool pump.

With more awareness of the environment and economics, energy efficiency has also become a requirement in most appliances and equipment. This also applies to the selection of your pool pump. If you think about running your pump for an entire season, you should realize that the energy cost can add up to a substantial amount. A minimal amount saved in a day can also add up to something substantial. You may want to consider a pump that has an automatic timer that switches on and off at specific settings. A high efficiency pump should be your preferred model.

One other thing to consider when choosing your pool pump is its noise level. Pumps that generate too much noise can spoil your party as you strain your voice talking over a noisy pump. I am also quite sure that your neighbors will not appreciate a pump that makes them feel that they are in a building construction site for one whole season.

An above ground swimming pool pump is a vital component of your swimming pool. You have to choose the right model to make sure that your pool is properly maintained and that it lasts a long time.

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