Automatic Swimming Pool Cleaners

by Pool Builders on 06-04-2008 in Articles

Anyone who owns their own pool knows that they probably didn't know what they were getting into when they bought it or had it installed. The maintenance of a backyard pool is a never-ending chore during the warmer months when it is in use, and if you live in a place like Florida or southern California that means all year long.

Especially if you live in a rustic setting, leaves and grass are a constant threat to the cleanliness of your pool. Besides blowing into the water from all over the place, they clog up filters and when they get heavy enough with volume and wetness sink to the bottom of the pool from where they are a intense source of irritation. People who use the standard manual hand-held pool cleaning nets and mesh baskets understand this all too well.

Yet other devices besides the above mentioned ones, designed to make cleaning the pool easier, don't do so well either. Hand-held vacuums are a great deal of bent-back work and don't really do much to remove dirt and silt--they just tend to stir it all around more.

Suction cleaners require less physical labor but they are fraught with problems, particularly that they don't scrub so that the pool really doesn't get clean and they are random with their scanners so that they miss too many areas too often, among others negatives.

Pressure cleaners are only marginally better and they require a special pump be installed. And the expensive in-floor cleaning systems take a great deal of work to be installed in the first place (and are meant to be installed with the pool's construction) and they still don't scrub your pool for all that.

But there has come along a pool owner's dream solution: robotic pool cleaners. Until recent times, the benefits of robotic pool cleaners could only be had by CEOs, career politicians, and celebrities. But as happens with technology, the price of robotic pool cleaners has come down to where their benefits can be enjoyed by many pool owners.

Unlike the random gyroscopic scanning for particles and leaves that come with the suction and pressure cleaners, robotic pool cleaners use the technology of "fuzzy logic" that began being developed with seriousness in the 1980s to "think" more like a human being would about pool cleaning. The fuzzy logic processing allows the robots to give full coverage to your pool regardless of its shape, and they are driven by microchip technology that gives them their type of artificial intelligence that can allow them to go around obstacles and even climb walls as needed. Different models of robots are recommended for various sized pools.

The benefits of using robotic pool cleaners include: ease of installation (for those that need to be installed); a full, complete pool cleaning including scrubbing and the application of cleaning chemicals; independence from your pool's main filter; and low maintenance.

These days, the initial cash outlay for a robotic pool cleaner is typically less than the in-floor cleaners, and the work that never gets done on your pool now gets done--while you enjoy swimming in, instead of working in, your pool.

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