Having a pool in this region of Texas can be very much a luxury when the temps creep over into the 100° range. However, due to the many wooded regions, pine trees, and all of the foliage that comes with it; having a custom pool in Houston and surrounding areas can require a lot of constant upkeep.
So, it’s no wonder that when it comes to pool accessories, the category with the most sales nationwide isrobotic pool cleaners. These modern products of advanced pool technology make upkeep on your pool a less burdensome task for you and your family.
Top 3 Benefits Of A Robotic Pool Cleaner
Since the whole point of a private pool is on-demand access at any time to a relaxing swim, you want to keep your pool in better shape than a public pool for obvious reasons. A robotic pool cleaner is by far the best choice for such a task. There are many reasons why but the top 3 reason pool owners swear by robotic pool cleaners are:
- Maintains Safe Pool Chemical Levels
Chlorine, while a common chemical used to disinfect pool water and protect against algae and bacteria; can become unsafe if the balance of chlorine to pool water is not kept in range. Because robotic pool cleaners use an advanced brushing mechanism that scrubs all of your pool’s sides, edges, and surface, there is no need to use high levels of chlorine to keep your pool algae-free. This is safer for your family and much gentler on eyes and skin.
- Energy Efficient
Many people mistakenly think that running a robotic pool cleaner uses a lot of electricity because it is always running, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When used in an average size custom pool in Houston, a robotic pool cleaner uses no more energy than your everyday light bulb.
- They Save You Money
Everyone knows that time is money, but even though a robotic pool cleaner saves you a great amount of time, the savings don’t stop there. Robotic pool cleaners save you money versus other older automatic pool cleaning technology of past generations. Due to smart manufacturing and mechanics, you get a lot of work out of these cleaners but without the hefty electric bill.
While robotic pool cleaners do have a lot to offer; there are a lot of different models out there all with a dizzyingvariation of features. Just choosing a cleaner that suits your pool best can be quite a challenge, but as the top custom pool builder in Houston, we know a little bit about this so just follow our quick guide.
Let’s dive in, shallwe? (we can’t help ourselves when it comes to these cheesy pool puns)
Top Things To Consider When Choosing A Robotic Pool Cleaner
While most robotic pool cleaners can handle any type of surface it’s still good to know just in case you find one that only works on certain surfaces.
For smooth tile or fiberglass, you need a brush that is a softy super grip PVA model.
For all other surfaces your typical wheel or universal PVC brush heads will suffice.
Size Of Pool
The size of your pool is very important when it comes to choosing the right model. This is due to the fact that cleaners like this come with a fixed length power cord and needs to able to reach the farthest point of your pool away from the power supply. Keep in mind that the power supply itself has to be 12 or more feet from the edge of the pool, so remember that when looking at cable lengths. It’s always better to have too much cable than running short.
How Much Do You Want It To Clean?
Some robot cleaners only vacuum or brush the floor of your pool and others get every nook and cranny. The best units cover the entire pool and even incorporate some rigid scrubbing.
You really want to choose a model that specializes and excels at the particular tasks you want it to do the most. Of course, the models with more features cost more than basic models, but depending on what you are needing, more features might be a necessity. The main idea here is to find your trouble spots in your pool and find a model that can handle those trouble spots the best and go from there.
Quick Cheat Sheet Of Other Considerations
Suction Power – Needs to be 70 GPM (gallons per minute) or more to be effective.
Micron Value – Debris and dirt is measured in microns (micrometer). The lower the value the better the filtration.
Power Wash Jets – Whether you have fine silt, dirt, or sand in or around your pool area or not, power wash jets are always a good feature to splurge on. They just get in nooks that brushes can’t. Some models have them, some don’t—again the more expensive ones will have them asstandard, but worth it!
Buy An Extended Warranty –Manufacturer warranties are normally fairly decent but for a workhorse like a robotic pool cleaner,you will want to get an extended warranty to protect your investment. This way your unit is repaired or replaced for only a small deductible or no charge at all depending on the warranty you buy.
Quality Of Manufacturing – With the same logic for buying an extended warranty, take note of how the model is built. If it feels cheap, lightweight and flimsy, go with your gut; even if it is high-priced—price doesn’t always guarantee quality. A good model should feel strong, durable and be made with quality parts.
Make Your Choice Easier: Have The #1 Custom Pool Builder In Houston Set You Up
If you are uncomfortable about choosing the right robotic pool cleaner for your pool, you can take the guesswork out and have Mitchell Custom Pools choose for you and set it up in your pool in minutes. Pair that with our pool maintenance plan and your pool will look sparkling clean year round. Contact us today for help with that and more.