Robotic pool cleaners are changing the way we clean our pool and how much time we spend cleaning our pool by using modern technology to clean leaves, dust, hair, sand, dirt and small twigs.
Let’s look at the pool cleaning technologies we’ve seen over the years and how having a robotic pool cleaner will help you save both time and money!
Manual Pool Vacuum
Old school pool cleaning was completed with a manual vacuum hose and vacuum head connected to your pool pole.
Pool owners would spend hours every week connecting their pool cleaning equipment up to the vacuum plate in the skimmer box and move the vacuum head back and forth cleaning the dust and leaves out of the bottom of the pool.
The course debris would be trapped in the skimmer basket and the finer particles would be trapped by the filter. Once completed the filter would need cleaning out.
The pool owner would then proceed to backwash (wasting water) the sand filter to remove all the debris the filter has just collected, or alternatively if using a cartridge filter, the cartridge elements would need cleaning out by using a garden tap to hose out all the debris and dust.
The worst part of this process……. It all takes time. This manual cleaning process could take up to 3hrs to complete. Now, do you like to spend 3 hours cleaning a pool on a weekend?
The next generational step was to add in automatic suction cleaners.
These cleaners like “Kreepy Krauly” or “Baracuda” were designed to stay in your pool and scoot around the floor of your pool.
These were great! However they were consistently wearing out pumps and filters by loading them up unnecessarily.
The pump had to work harder to draw in water through the cleaner, the filter had to cop all the dust particles off the floor of the pool. Meaning, when the filter needed a backwash the cleaner would slow down as the pump couldn’t get the flow required to keep the cleaner active.
Not only this when using the pool you would be swimming around the hose and cleaner effecting the way you use your pool.
Pool owners would also run the pump and filter for longer each day to keep up with the leaves and debris adding additional wear to the pump, filter, chlorinator and suction cleaner.
Most people have issues with twigs, rocks other debris constantly getting caught in suction cleaners causing the pool owner to spend more time removing the debris and emptying the baskets. Not to mention the cost of the replacing parts every couple of weeks. This surely wasn’t the solution to keeping pools clean.
With everyone working longer hours and life becoming so busy we needed to find an easier way to clean our pool…
Introducing robotic pool cleaning technology.
Robotic Pool Cleaners
Pool cleaning robots were introduced to reduce the time spent on cleaning pools. Simply drop the robotic pool cleaner in your pool and let it do all the hard work. That simple!
However, there are some things to think about when selecting a robot. Let’s find out which factors to consider when selecting a robotic pool cleaner.
1. Choosing the right robot for your pool condition
Most robots do 1 or 2 things very well and other things not so well. Some robots are fantastic on dust collection, whilst others are leaf eating machines but allow some fine dust particles to slip through.
Robotic pool cleaners have many brands available as we are passionate about ensuring you get the perfect cleaner for your pool. This will mean reduced running time, less wear, longer life span, less cycles.
If you have the right robot in your pool you should only have to run your robot 1 or 2 times a week to keep your sparkling clean.
If you want to consult with a professional to choose the right pool cleaning robot for your swimming pool, the RPC2U pool experts have got you covered.
Many of our customers only run once a week as they report that is all that is required. This means a lot to us as we have achieved the goal to offer the best solution to save time and money on cleaning pools.
How do I save money I hear you say? Keep scrolling through to see how robots save pool owners serious cash!!
2. Ensure your robot is sized to your pool
Many cheaper robots on the market are suited to smaller pools.
Smaller robots like the zodiac TX,FX and CX range, dolphin e10, db1 and kbot sx1 are great in small pools.
However, using these smaller robots in medium or large pools will result in disappointment.
These cleaners will not get the coverage of a medium and large pools. The lead will most likely be too short meaning you only do one end of the pool each cycle needing 2 cycles per run.
The leaf storage capacity is smaller, and the pump size is smaller, meaning that the robot will be under-powered to collect the leaves you were hoping it would.
3. Power supply
Make sure you have a GPO close your pool or think about getting a robot with a long enough lead.
Using extension leads will void your warranty.
Pool robots have a range of lead lengths based on what size pool they should be used in.
Measuring from your power point to the furthest point in your pool will give you an idea of the length required. Don’t forget to add 2m to distance to allow for the cable to float and the robot to reach the floor of the pool in the far end.
How Can Pool Cleaning Robots Help Save Money?
Sometimes people go on about “what’s your time worth” rubbish. I’ve already established I can save you 3hrs per week. I won’t mention it again.
Now, here’s the part where we tell you other ways you will save some serious cash by moving over to a robotic pool cleaner.
Your pool equipment last longer when using a pool robot
When you use a robotic pool cleaner, it uses its own motor to run and not doesn’t rely on your pump and filter.
This means the pool pump and filter will last many more years than the anticipated life cycle when running a suction cleaner.
Replacement cost on pump and filter can exceed $3000.
Reduced backwashing, saving water
When using robotic pool cleaners your dust and debris stays in the filter canister of the robot. Meaning pool robots remove the bulk of the dust and dirt particles from the pool without relying on your sand filter.
Sand filters traditionally will need backwashing after each vacuum or once a month if using a suction cleaner. This can reduce to once every 3 months meaning that you are not wasting water down the drain and needing to top the pool up with fresh water from the tap.
Reduced chemical usage
As per above, with reduced backwashing and topping the pool back up from the house tap means our chemistry holds without the addition of fresh water to the pool.
Fresh water means more salt if running a chlorinator on your pool or more chlorine to ensure we keep enough free chlorine in the pool.
Many other chemicals will be saved and you’ll have a more balanced pool by not introducing fresh water.
Pool cleaning robots use very little power:
Unlike your pool pump, robotic pool cleaners use very little power.
If you are only relying on your pool pump to run as required for filtration purposes or for the chlorinator to produce enough chlorine, some of our pool owners are only running the main pump for 2hrs a day.
Saving loads on power!
So, with all these benefits including saving up to 3hrs per week, having a sparkling clean pool in just one cycle (1.5-3hrs) per week, saving cash on power, water and chemicals why wouldn’t you invest in a robot to clean your pool?
The initial investment worries you compared to a suction cleaner? Stay tuned and read our next post on “Is a Robotic Pool Cleaner Worth It?” We’ll stack up the costs and prove how much you can save by paying a little more up front for the right robotic pool cleaner and getting all the benefits along the way.