- When should I run my pool pump: day or night?
Should I run my pool pump during the day, or at night?
There are pros and cons with each. Running your pool pump during the day is good because that’s when the sun is out. UV rays are eating up the chlorine, so it is good to have the pump running to counteract the sun’s effects. A pro for night time would be that it’s off-peak utility hours. It’s cheaper to run the pool pump at night. Or if you are doing a chemical treatment, and you want your chlorine level up really high, add it at night to prevent that natural burnoff.
Personally, with my pool, I need to run it during the day because it gets direct sunlight. We’re in Florida, it’s called the Sunshine State for a good reason. I noticed that when I running the pool pump at night, it just didn’t keep the pool as clear as I wanted it. But the choice of when to run is up to the pool owner. You might even try a couple of different ways, but I lean towards running it during the day.
Another method that works for the Southern states well is to split up the pump run times. Let’s say if you run your pool pump around eight hours a day, split it up four and four.
You would run it from 11:00 to 3:00 or 12:00 to 4:00 which is when the sun is at its hottest and burning off the chlorine, then you would run the other four in the middle of the night just so you can catch up on chlorine production or even get a step ahead for the upcoming day that you would have chlorine when the morning sun hits it. Is that good?
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