Picking the Perfect Pool Filter

Picking the Perfect Pool Filter

by Mark Zalewski

Your swimming pool filter is the primary tool that will help you keep your swimming pool water clean. It is worth investing in a quality filter. I’m sure that spending all of your time cleaning your pool, instead of enjoying it, is not what you had in mind when you became a pool owner.

Ideally, you got a great pool filter when you bought your pool set up. If not, then you may want to consider upgrading to a more suitable one. Filters come in various sizes so be sure to check which size is appropriate for your pool. There are three types of swimming pool filters offered. You should become familiar with the filters so you can make an informed decision when choosing your perfect pool filter. Keep in mind when consulting with the dealer that they will want to sell you whatever kind they are promoting. It’s best to be prepared and tell them what you are looking for versus asking them what they recommend. For an in-depth filter comparison visit Medallion Energy.

All swimming pool filters belong to one of three categories: cartridge, sand, and Diatomaceous Earth, also known as DE.

Sand Filter

Sand pool filters have the water being pushed through the sand to remove the dirt and debris. The bottom has tubes that bring the water in and out. This results in the dirty water bring pushed down while allowing the clean water to push upwards. It’s important to check a sand filter frequently to make sure that debris isn’t building up. If debris builds up it prevents the water from moving at the same rate as it should, causing dirty water all over your pool instead of just at the bottom. This type of filter is less expensive but not necessarily the best method. Sand filters don’t always remove all the debris from the water and some larger pieces can find their way back into your pool water.

Cartridge Filter

A better option for you may be the cartridge filter. This process works with a type of cartridge encased in a cylinder that grabs and holds onto any collected debris. They can filter large amounts of water quicker than a sand filter. They hold more debris, so you don’t have to clean them as often. If you are looking for a way to clean your pool with less time invested, then this may be a good choice for you. Clean them out monthly when your pool is being used regularly. Gently wash the cartridge with water. Do not use high pressure on it or it could tear and damage your filter. Inspect your cartridge at each cleaning for signs of wear. Many swimming pool owners can use the same filter for six to twelve months before replacing it.

DE Filter

The DE swimming pool filter is the more elaborate filter and works the best. Tiny particles inside the filter are active that collect dirt and debris. These filters can remove the finest grains of dirt which means your pool will be as clean as possible. This requires that you watch the pressure gauge to complete the backwash process for this type of filter. These types of filters are the most expensive but the pool owners that use them don’t have any complaints about how well they work.