Ever go swimming in a residential pool and discover you aren’t alone? There with you, connected to a long waterproof extension cord, a little WALL-E of the deep scoots along the pool’s floor, sucking up any debris it encounters. Intrigued, you tread water, watching it zip around in a seemingly planned pattern. What’s going on in its little aquatic head? In some cases, robotic pool cleaners are run with computer technology and can calculate your pool’s size and the most efficient cleaning pattern. Other models can be run by remote control, allowing the pool owner to pinpoint trouble areas before hosting a swim.
When mentally dissecting a robotic pool cleaner, there are three main parts to be aware of. In every robotic pool cleaner you will find some sort of pump motor, drive motor and propeller. The names paint a fairly clear picture of their purposes, but just to clarify:
• The pump motor powers the cleaner’s debris-snagging pump.
• The drive motor is what powers the cleaner’s actual movement
• The propeller is what helps the cleaner to follow its path (whether that be along the bottom of the pool, up its sides or over steps)
Robotic pool cleaners are simultaneously the most expensive, but favorite choice, for keeping your pool sparkling. So why are they so popular? (Besides man’s obvious fascination with robots.) To this, we list the advantages that come with these fascinating little vacuums.
The Perks of Owning a Robot
• Self-contained - They don’t have to be plugged into your pool’s system. All debris is contained within the cleaner itself, not your pool’s pump basket and filter. This can prolong the life of your pool’s pump system and filters.
• Easily cleaned filter - Why buy filter after filter when you can simply rinse out the one inside of your robotic pool cleaner? Filters are easily removed, emptied, cleaned and re-installed. Robotic pool cleaners are known to extend the life of your pool’s main filter.
• Energy-efficient - Running your pool’s pump takes a lot of energy. Homeowners can save a significant amount of money on their energy bills with a robotic pool cleaner. They operate off of a low-voltage power supply separate from your pool. Their powerful pumps even contribute to water circulation, letting you leave your pool’s pump off. Some models can even save homeowners up to 94% on their pool-related energy costs. Another plus, one and a half to two years of energy savings easily covers the cost of your robotic pool cleaner.
On the advanced end of the pool cleaning spectrum, these little robots calculate, scrub and vacuum away the dirt and debris on the bottom, sides and even the waterlines of pools everywhere. Their low-maintenance and energy-efficient aspects combat their high prices (when compared to automatic pressure-side cleaners and automatic suction-side cleaners). Is a robotic cleaner right for your pool? Contact your local pool company for in-store deals or more information.