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How Often Should You Run Your Pool Filter Pump?

January 10, 2023

A pool is a significant investment. To take proper care of it, you must ensure the filter is working correctly and keeping your pool clean. Taking the time to clean your filter and finding the best filter schedule can make a big difference. You don’t need to run your filter all the time, but running it for at least a few hours a day will keep it clean and ensure your pool lasts a long time.

When Should You be Running Your Pool Filter?

Your pool filter doesn’t need to run all the time when the pool isn’t in use, and you shouldn’t run it when people are swimming. Most pool filters have an automation setting or an automatic timer that you can set to have your filter start and shut off at specific times. It’s important that when you’re using your pool often, like during the summer, you run your filter at least 12 hours a day to clean out the dirt, grime, and other debris that gets in and out of the pool with your swimmers.

Running your filter for 12 hours daily will help keep the water clear and the pool looking great. During the winter months, you don’t need to run your filter as often if your pool isn’t being used. In areas where winter is very cold, you may need to remove your filter or unhook it to help ensure that it doesn’t freeze. If you can, you should try to still run your filter for at least eight hours a day during the cold season.

The best time of day to run your filter is when the water is the warmest or when the temperature is the hottest. A good time to run your filter during the summer is from 7 am to 7 pm.

Why Does it Matter When I Run My Pool Pump?

It matters when and how much you run your pump for a few reasons. It would be best to keep your pump running to ensure it remains in good condition. You also want to ensure you’re running it enough to keep things like algae from growing and debris from building up in your pool.

Keeping your pool clean is paramount to keeping it in good condition and ensuring it lasts as long as possible. Contact Extreme Pools today for all your pool filter needs!