Easily the most important aspect of swimming pool maintenance is keeping your pool water clean and clear. First of all, attractive water appeals to swimmers. When you walk up to a pool with a perfectly still surface over crystal blue water, your instincts urge you to jump in. On the other hand, when you approach a murky pool with blooms of algae and floating debris, it’s as if you can’t turn away fast enough. Still, more importantly, clean pool water is essential for healthy swimmers.
In-ground pool filters are at the center of clean pool water. Your pool’s filtration system, which is composed of an inground pool filter and a pump, draws water from the pool and through the filter to remove dirt, debris, and other contaminants. In-ground pool filters are your first point of defence against murky water as they run continuously in the background working to remove debris.
There are 3 types of in-ground pool filters.
• Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) in-ground swimming pool filters
• Sand in-ground swimming pool filters
• Cartridge in-ground swimming pool filters
Each of these types of in-ground pool filters has their advantages and disadvantages. Sand filters are among the most affordable and common type of inground swimming pool filters. They are durable as they collect debris in a filter that is essentially a sand bed. Unfortunately, while excellent for trapping large debris, these in-ground pool filters are not great for finer particles.
Cartridge in-ground pool filters are more efficient that sand filters in addition to being easier to maintain. These in-ground pool filters usually have a larger surface area so that more debris can be filtered. Surprisingly, cartridge inground pool filters are also less expensive to operate and they require less pressure.
Finally, D.E. inground swimming pool filters are somewhat more expensive to purchase but provide the finest filtration ability. D.E. inground pool filters can remove particles as small as 2 to 5 microns so that you can have the purest possible water. However, like sand filters, they require more maintenance and need to be backwashed from time to time to ensure their effectiveness.
Save On Pool Supplies carries a range of excellent inground pool filters to fit any budget or pool.