I think I have had my pool filter for a while now, but I’m not sure how to tell when I should get a new one?
What is a purpose of a filter?
The primary purpose of a filter is to collect contaminants that try to make their way into your pool such as dust, leaves, pollen, algae, and bacteria. A filter plays a very vital role in keeping your pool clean, and your pool equipment functioning properly.
My Filter Looks Fine, Do I Still Need to Change It?
Looks aren’t everything when it comes to filter cartridges
A FILTER SYSTEM’S EFFECTIVENESS IS MEASURED BY HOW SMALL THE PARTICLES IT CAN COLLECT ARE. THESE PARTICLES ARE KNOWN MICRONS. A HUMAN HAIR IS ABOUT 70 MICRONS. HUMANS CAN VISUALLY SEE THINGS AS SMALL AS 40 MICRONS. A NEW FILTER CARTRIDGE WILL CATCH PARTICLES AS SMALL AS 15 MICRONS. ABOUT TWICE THE SIZE OF A RED BLOOD CELL.
HOWEVER, OVER TIME, A FILTER CARTRIDGE’S ABILITY TO CATCH PARTICLES THAT SMALL DRASTICALLY DECREASES. THIS IMAGE SHOWS AN EXAMPLE OF OLD FILTER THAT, DUE TO GENERAL USE AND WEAR & TEAR, IT CAN ONLY CATCH PARTICLES AS SMALL AS 35 MICRONS. SO YOU CAN’T ALWAYS JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER: A FILTER MAY LOOK FINE TO THE EYE BUT REMEMBER IT’S ABILITY TO CATCH SMALLER ALGAE AND DEBRIS GOES DOWNHILL AFTER A YEAR. ALGAE RANGES FROM 1 MICRON AND UP SO RENEWING YOUR FILTER ANNUALLY WILL PREVENT A LOT OF ALGAE FROM MAKING ITS WAY INTO YOUR LOVELY POOL.
DISADVANTAGES OF AN OLD FILTER
-Greater Chance For algae growth
-Unable to filtrate Smaller Particles and bacteria
-Strain on your equipment
-Inadvertently costS more in electric bills
ADVANTAGES OF A NEW FILTER
– SAVES ON ELECTRIC
-KEEPS POOL SANITARY
-CUTS COST OF FUTURE NEEDED REPAIRS
–KEEPS YOUR POOL EXTRA CLEAN
IT ISHIGHLYY RECOMMENDED AS A RULE OF THUMB TO CHANGE OUT YOUR FILTER CARTRIDGE ANNUALLY.
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