The Pooled Energy system will control your existing, third-party pool sweep.
You are welcome and indeed, encouraged, to keep your current pool sweep or purchase one as it makes the pool much cleaner and easier to manage. If you would like to purchase a pool sweep, we will happily provide one at a competitive, additional price.
If you already have a pool sweep:
1. If it is a Pressure-Side
Cleaner with its own pump, for example, a Polaris or a Jet-Vac, it
will be managed by our Intelligent Pool Controller. In our experience this is
the best type of pool sweep for most pools for several reasons, including:-
good long-term unattended operation, large leaf capacity, easy to lift out of
the pool, easy to empty the leaf bag, and fairly trouble-free.
If you want your sweep for run longer or shorter hours than we set for you, you can adjust this via our Pool App on your Android or Apple Tablet or SmartPhone.
2. If you are using a Robot Cleaner powered via an electric cord, you may run it just as you do now and you do not need to connect it to the Pooled Energy Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC). If you wish, you may also have it connected to the IPC. We don’t recommend this as we find that many robot cleaners are not well suited to automatic systems as they tend to tangle their power cords, and often need a lot of regular attention. Most robot manufacturers also recommend that the robot be removed from the pool after each cleaning cycle.
3. If your pool cleaner is an In-Floor Type powered by its own pump, it will continue to operate as now, but under the control of the Pooled Energy Intelligent Pool Controller. In some cases additional automation equipment may need to be added to the Pooled Energy system to allow the Pooled Energy system to manage the system.
4. If your pool cleaner is a Suction-Side Cleaner powered via a hose from the skimmer box, then please talk to us. While the Pooled Energy system can operate with a suction-side cleaner, we generally do not recommend them for a range of reasons:-
- They prevent you skimming the water surface in most cases. Virtually all the debris and dirt in a swimming pool comes through the surface and the surface layer is the most highly contaminated in the pool, and the one most essential to clean. The NSW Government Health Department recommends that 75%-80% of the water filtration in swimming pools be taken from the top layer, and the remainder from the main drain at the bottom of the pool. The World Health Organisation recommends 90% and 10% respectively.
- If you leave a suction cleaner plugged-into the skimmer box as most people do, you are taking no water from the surface layer at all. While the suction cleaner is busy cleaning the bottom of the pool, its suction hose is usually completely blocking the skimmer box and therefore the filter takes 100% of its water from the bottom.
- The surface layer of the pool will become progressively more contaminated and, debris and dust that should have been skimmed, will now slowly sink to the bottom making the water dirty and cloudy on the way and the surface unpleasant. This all makes for much more work (and energy usage) for both the suction cleaner and the filter. You are unlikely to achieve the water quality standards of a normal Pooled Energy System, if you use a suction cleaner. Moreover, the water is unlikely to be as well sanitised.
- Suction Cleaners are also not well suited to automatic operation. If you have one, it is likely that you have a lot of leaves in your pool and you will have to manually clean out the skimmer box quite often or else the efficiency of the filter will fall quickly due to the skimmer being blocked. Of course, all skimmer boxes need periodic cleaning, however any leaf load that accumulates is better distributed between a pressure-side cleaner and the skimmer, rather than being all in the skimmer.
- Suction cleaners tend to choke on larger debris and leaves and will not pick up such things as gum-nuts and small sticks, unlike pressure-side cleaners.
- Contrary to popular belief, suction cleaners do not run for free. In fact, they use a significant amount of filter pump energy. Filters using suction cleaners need to run at higher speeds or longer times, irrespective of the type of filter. US Electricity utility studies suggest that suction cleaners consume as much as three-quarters of the energy of pressure side cleaners which use their own separate pumps (and, in our opinion, do a better job in a shorter time).
- Some suction cleaners are noisy and not suitable for night time operation.
Some suction cleaners have a plate in the skimmer box with an additional inlet to the suction hose. This is sometimes spring-load and it has the intention of allowing some surface skimming. This is seldom successful as it requires high pump power and water is diverted from both skimming and suction preventing either working well. More often however, it forms a vortex that sucks air into the pump, stopping it momentarily, till it primes itself again. This puts pressure surges through the system and loses energy and filtration efficiency.
Pooled Energy system can operate with existing suction cleaners, however we
recommend that you consider another type of cleaner, such as a pressure-side
cleaner with its own pump, or a robot. We believe that you will get a better
A suitable time to install a pressure-side cleaner is when we are installing your Pooled Energy system.