You'll find a complete range of pool cleaners available from your local Irrigear® Independent Experts.
What are the different types of pool cleaners available?
There are a few different types of pool cleaners available, often meant to be used in combination to address different issues. The main types of pool cleaners are:
Suction-Side Pool Cleaners: These cleaners use the suction power created by the pool's filtration system to move around the pool and collect debris. They connect to the suction port or skimmer and rely on the pool's pump to create suction and are typically more affordable and suitable for small to medium-sized pools. They are effective in removing smaller debris like dirt and leaves but may require occasional manual intervention for cleaning or adjusting.
Pressure-Side Pool Cleaners: Pressure-side cleaners use the pressure from the pool's return jets or a dedicated booster pump to propel and sweep debris into a collection bag or filter. They typically have their own debris bag to collect larger debris, reducing the load on the pool's filtration system. Pressure-side cleaners are known for their effectiveness in removing larger debris like leaves, twigs, and pebbles and are suitable for pools of various sizes and shapes.
Robotic Pool Cleaners: Robotic pool cleaners are self-contained, independent units that operate using low voltage electricity. They have their own filtration system and motor, and they move around the pool floor, walls, and waterline to clean. Robotic cleaners are highly efficient and effective at removing debris of various sizes, including fine particles. They do not rely on the pool's filtration system, so they improve overall energy efficiency. Robotic cleaners are suitable for all pool sizes and types, but they are typically more expensive than other types of cleaners.
Manual Pool Cleaners: Manual pool cleaners require human effort to operate. They include tools like handheld pool vacuums, pool brushes, and skimmers. Manual cleaners are cost-effective but require more time and physical labour. They are suitable for spot cleaning and are usually combined with automated cleaners for thorough maintenance.
Do I need a pressure-side or suction-side cleaner if I also have a robotic cleaner?
Having a robotic cleaner can provide comprehensive cleaning for your pool, including the pool floor, walls, and waterline. In many cases, a well-performing robotic cleaner may be sufficient to maintain a clean pool without the need for an additional pressure-side or suction-side cleaner.
If you have a large pool or a pool with a high debris load, a robotic cleaner may require multiple cleaning cycles or more frequent maintenance. In such cases, a pressure-side cleaner can complement the robotic cleaner by specifically targeting larger debris and reducing the workload on the robotic cleaner. The pressure-side cleaner can handle the heavier debris, while the robotic cleaner can focus on fine particles and thorough cleaning.
If your pool has steps, benches, or other features that require additional attention, a pressure-side or suction-side cleaner with specialized attachments or accessories may be beneficial. These cleaners can often navigate and clean these specific areas more effectively than a robotic cleaner. Your local Irrigear expert will be able to advise on the best cleaners to suit your needs.
How long should a robotic cleaner last?
The lifespan of a robotic pool cleaner can vary depending on various factors such as brand, model, usage frequency, maintenance, and environmental conditions. However, with proper care and maintenance, a good-quality robotic cleaner can typically last anywhere from 3 to 8 years or more.
High-quality robotic cleaners, typically from reputable brands, are often built with durable materials and components designed to withstand the harsh pool environment. Opting for a well-constructed and reliable model can contribute to a longer lifespan.
It’s also important to maintain proper water chemistry, including balanced pH and chlorine levels, which can contribute to the longevity of the robotic cleaner. High levels of acidity or alkalinity, as well as excessive amounts of chemicals or debris in the pool water, can potentially impact the cleaner's performance and durability.
Are pool cleaners dangerous for children?
Pool cleaners can pose certain risks to children if proper precautions are not taken. Some types of pool cleaners, such as suction-side cleaners, robotic cleaners or pressure-side cleaners with hoses, have long hoses or cords that can present entanglement hazards. Children may inadvertently come into contact with these hoses or cords and become entangled, which can lead to injury or drowning. It is important to ensure that children are supervised and kept away from active pool cleaners to prevent accidents. Suction side cleaners can also pose a significant risk as they can exert a high suction force, which an be dangerous if the hose is placed onto the skin, or another part of the body.
It is important to teach children about the potential dangers associated with pool cleaners and pool equipment. Emphasize the importance of staying away from the pool cleaner and never tampering with its operation or components.
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- What are the different types of pool cleaners available?
- Do I need a pressure-side or suction-side cleaner if I also have a robotic cleaner?
- How long should a robotic cleaner last?
- Are pool cleaners dangerous for children?
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