Using the right swimming pool products and supplies will help you to maintain a clean, healthy and comfortable swimming environment. However, with so many different swimming pool supplies now available, knowing how to choose the right ones may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, simply by familiarizing yourself with the various available products you will find it far easier to choose supplies and equipment that will work well for both you and your pool.
Sand filters consist of a sand bed containing 20 grade silica sand. As the swimming pool pump propels water through the sand bed, debris particles become trapped in the sand beds. Sand filters are able to trap particles as small as 20 to 40 microns and require periodic backwashing to ensure ongoing effectiveness.
Instead of sand, cartridge filters use fibrous paper cartridges to filter out dirt and other debris. Cartridge filters provide a greater surface area for filtration and can trap particles as small as 10 to 15 microns. Rather than requiring backwashing, cartridge filters can simply be cleaned with a regular garden hose.
Diatomaceous earth (DE) filters use DE powder to filter pool water. DE powder is a porous powder capable of filtering out bacteria and debris particles as small as 2 to 5 microns. As a result, DE filters provide the best pool water filtration currently available and are becoming more and more popular with pool owners. As is the case with sand filters, DE filters require periodic backwashing.
Gas swimming pool heaters are powered either by propane or natural gas. These swimming pool heaters will heat water very quickly and will work effectively in all weather conditions. While more efficient models are becoming available, it's important to keep in mind that gas pool heaters have the highest operating cost of all three types of heaters.
Heat pump pool heaters require electricity to operate. These swimming pool heaters take warmth from the surrounding air and use it to raise the water temperature. Heat pump pool heaters have a very low cost of operation and will function effectively even when the sun is not shining, as long as the air temperature remains above 50Â°F.
Solar swimming pool heaters provide the most environmentally friendly pool heating option. These pool heaters have no cost of operation as they use heat from the sun to raise the temperature of pool water as it circulates through the heating unit.