Cleaning your pool can often be tedious and hard work. Getting down to the depths of your pool to vacuum and scrubbing all the sides takes a lot of time. One of the top innovations in the pool world recently has been the use of robotic pool cleaners. These cleaners are automated, safe, and simple to use. You simply throw the cleaner in your pool, and let it do the work for you!
Today on Pool Calculator we’re going to dive into how these devices work. We’ll go over different types of robotic cleaners, the costs of these devices, and all the benefits they offer you as a pool owner.
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How Do Robotic Pool Cleaners Work?
Robotic pool cleaners are basically underwater vacuum cleaners. Think of these devices like an underwater Roomba device. These devices all have an internal electric motor that propels them forward and cleans your pool. Sensors in the devices detect walls and other obstacles that could impede their hard work. These machines also sink to the bottom of the surface without any needed help.
Electricity and Water Mix? What a shock
Now I know what you’re thinking. “Electricity and water do not mix”. You usually would be correct, but robotic pool cleaners have found a way to inch around this fact. These machines are installed with electric engines, but they always operate at a voltage that is below the level that would electrocute the water. The engines are usually powered with 120V outlets. This energy then is converted to low-powered 24V energy that is safe for use in water. On top of this, the machines also have mini filters installed in them that allow the water vacuumed up to be cleaned and injected back into the pool. This means you won’t lose water level by using this device, and the water will be cleaner than before.
Robotic Pool Cleaner Artificial Intelligence
The last fact about these robots that make them so innovative is the sophistication of the robots. Most cutting-edge robotic cleaners are installed with chips that determine the most efficient and deep way to clean the pool. They also are often installed with chips that allow them to be programmed to clean at a certain time. This can set up “cycles” that allow the robot to function independently from you, and even when you are not present to supervise. You will just need to make sure the robot is charged and connected to power, and the rest is up to technology.
Automated pool cleaners come in three variants; suction side vacuums, pressure side vacuums, and robotic pool cleaners.
Suction Side Pool Vacuums
The least intelligent and the first invented, suction side pools are simple. This device is controlled off your pool pump. The suction from this pump propels the vacuum to move around the side of the pool and clean it. This will remove dirt and other grime from the side of your pool. However, these automated systems follow a random path and do not always clean to a deep extent. Unlike the previously stated robotic cleaners, they will also need to be monitored in order to ensure a good clean.
Pressure Side Pool Vacuums
Like suction side pool vacuums, pressure side vacuums are limited in scope. These vacuums are also powered by your pool pump. They will also need to be monitored, and do not do the best job cleaning your pool. The difference between these vacuums and the suction vacuums is that the pressure vacuum actually has a bag that collects dirt and debris. This allows bigger pickups and fuller cleans. This is because the suction vacuums send the debris to the main filtration system, which can only handle smaller messes.
More on Robotic Pool Cleaners
Robotic pool cleaners are the evolution of the vacuums previously discussed. Like previously stated, this vacuum works independently of you and works at a higher efficiency. However, most robotic cleaners also have a remote control that allows the consumer to drive the robot and perform the task yourself. This will ensure a full clean, and honestly, is a lot of fun.
The robot will need some maintenance and upkeep, though. After every clean the filter of the robot will need to be cleaned to maintain high efficiency and cleaning. Also, most robots are required to be set in the pool manually, before the computer takes over the cleaning. Lastly, these robots are way more expensive than other automatic cleaners, and that may deter some consumers from indulging in advanced pool technology.
Automated Pool Cleaner Costs
- Robotic Pool Cleaner: $300-$1000+
These cleaners are the most expensive of the bunch and vary greatly depending on the quality and sophistication of the AI that the vacuum has. Functions as a substitute for an adult RC car though.
- Suction Side Pool Vacuum: $80-$350
Quite cheap when compared to robotic models.This cleaner will need more attention and does not function at the same level as robotic models. Does offer an automated clean for a cheaper price.
- Pressure Side Pool Vacuum: $200-500
A “midway” point for these two vacuums. Offers more convenience and quality when compared to suction vacuums. However, does not offer the sophistication or quality of a robotic cleaner.
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