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Most people run their pool pumps way longer than they need to for sparkling clean water. In fact, it’s never necessary to run your pump 24 hours a day.

Most manufacturers recommend running it between eight and 10 hours a day in the summer, and about half that in the winter.

Tip: Run your pump for 10 hours a day for a week or so and notice how clear and clean the water looks. Then, dial it back to nine hours, and notice if there’s any change in the appearance of the water.

If there’s not, shorten the run time to eight hours. After a few days, if the water still looks good, decrease the run time by half an hour every couple of days until you can see a difference.

Then you’ll know how long you should run your pump.

Also, you don’t have to run the pump during daylight hours. If you sign up for your utility’s “time of use” rate and run your pump late at night, you could see a substantial savings on your electric bill.


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