MANUAL POOL CLEANERS VS AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANER: A Review
Manual Pool Cleaners
Here, we shall learn a little about the different types of pool cleaners and their pros and cons so that you get an idea about how each one of them functions, and which one is the most suitable for your needs, depending on what you want it to do. The two major categories of pool cleaners are further divided into different types, each functioning differently from the rest.
As the name suggests, manual pool cleaners do nothing on their own, and require human effort to carry out the cleaning process. Manual pool cleaners can be of different types: pool skimmers, pool brushes, and pool vacuums.
1. Pool Skimmers
A pool skimmer is nothing but a rigid pole with a net attached to one of its ends. It is used to skim the surface of the pool to clear any debris that is floating on the surface. Note that a skimmer alone is not sufficient to keep the pool clean, and has to be used in conjunction with other cleaning equipment, manual or automatic. However, you might be required to use one at frequent intervals to prevent leaves and other debris from reaching the pool floor.
2. Pool Brushes
A pool brush is designed to remove stubborn dirt from the floor of the pool, the deck, or the steps. If you see anything stuck to the floor of the pool, you can use the brush to scrape it off, and then use a manual vacuum or automatic cleaner to remove the loose debris from the floor of the pool.
3. Pool Vacuums
A manual pool vacuum is a simple device that consists of a long pole with a vacuum attached to one end. It is connected to the inlet of the pool filter through a hose, which has to be held underwater for a few minutes till it fills up with water. This prevents air being sucked into the pool filter. Once the unit is lowered into the water, it begins its job by sucking in debris from the pool floor and transferring it to the pool filter system. However, its major drawback is that it takes a lot of time to clean large pools.
Automatic Pool Cleaners
1. Suction Side Pool Cleaners
The cleaning unit of a suction side pool cleaner is connected to the suction line of the pool filtration system, through a plastic hose pipe. As for the method of operation, this cleaner are use for suction force and remove debris from the pool floor and allows it to pass through the pool filtration system.
Now, once the unit is connected to the suction line, usually on the longer side of the pool, the unit begins to move rapidly along the floor of the pool as well as its sides. As it moves along, the brushes attached to the cleaner scrape out dirt and debris, which gets transported to the pool filter unit. You’re free to adjust the speed of the moving unit depending on how much accumulated dirt and grime needs to be removed.
2. Pressure-Side Pool Cleaners
These are another type of automatic pool cleaners that are driven by the pressure from a booster pump (which is installed for this purpose) or the pool pump. As the cleaner moves on the floor of the pool, the pressure forces the dirt and debris into a bag that is attached to it. Unlike the suction side pool cleaner that is connected to the suction line of the pool filtration system, this cleaner is connected to the filter outtake, and the water that enters the cleaner unit moves through three different channels, each directed to a different part of the cleaner unit the tail that scrapes debris off the floor of the pool, the thrusters that help the unit move around, and the venture that sweeps off bigger particles of debris. Pressure-side pool cleaners are mounted on wheels for ease of movement.
3. Robotic Pool Cleaners
With a self-contained filtration system, robotic pool cleaners are the most efficient, which makes them highly popular with pool owners. It consists of a processor or control unit, in addition to a drive and a pump. The easiest to use among all designs of pool cleaners available in the market, robotic pool cleaners require you do nothing except connecting the processor to a power outlet, lowering the unit into the pool and switching it on! Next, just watch the intelligent machine work its magic on your pool, as it propels itself across the walls and floor of the pool, collecting and removing all kinds of debris.
The function of the pump is to pull water through the bottom, and pumping it out through the top, thus creating a suction force that helps in propelling the cleaner. The best thing about robotic cleaners is that they can be easily programmed to follow a distinct path around the pool floor, which helps it move only to the areas that need cleaning, instead of wasting time and energy moving across the entire length and breadth of the pool. These little robots can change directions automatically on bumping against walls and other solid barriers.