Making Your Pool Wonderful: A Pool Blog

Five Signs a Solar-Powered Pool Pump and Filter Are Right for You

by Jeanette Perez

Your pool's pump pulls water through your filtration system and releases it back into your pool. There are many different options available, and you may want to consider a solar-powered pump. Here are five signs you should consider a solar pump for your pool's filtration needs:

1. You have ample amounts of sunlight in your yard.

In order to keep a solar pool pump running, you need to have ample amounts of sunlight in your yard. This means you need to live in an area with high levels of sunshine, but it also means you cannot have a tree shading your pool or other obstructions to sunlight.

2. You want to save money on your pool filtration costs.

When you use an electric pool pump, you have to pay for power to keep it running. Over time, this can get expensive. If you want to save money while also protecting the environment, it may be time to switch to a solar pump.

3. You have a backup pump and filter.

If you are worried that you might not have enough sunshine but you still want to use a solar pump on occasion, you may want to have a backup pump and filter. For example, you could use a filter and pump that are built into your pool, but when it's sunny out, you can turn off that system and use your solar powered filter.

4. You have room for a solar-powered filter to float in your pool.

In many cases, solar-powered filters aren't hidden in the ground, but rather, they are freestanding filters that actually float in your pool. These filters typically contain a solar panel on the top and a set of filters on the bottom. Sun hits the solar panel, providing power to the pump. Then, the pump grabs water from your pool, runs it through the filter and ejects it back into the pool.

5. You want a pool pump that can be used for other purposes.

In most cases, built-in pool pumps and filtration systems can only be used on your pool, but if you want more options, a solar-powered pump can be used for other purposes. For example, if you want to use freestanding (or free floating) solar-pump, you can often hook a hose to the bottom of it, and then, you can use the pump to move the water through the hose and out of the pool. In addition, you can move a freestanding filter to your pond or water feature.

Want to learn more about solar-powered pumps with filters for your pool? Contact a pool pump and filter specialist or a company like Leisure Coast Pool Centre.