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Robotic Pool Cleaners: What They Are and Why Your Pool Needs One

As technology has advanced, so have the ways to clean your pool. Today, the market is flooded with automatic options, including robotic pool cleaners.

These intelligent robots take all the hassle out of cleaning your pool, meaning you’re not out there all day with a scrub brush and a scoop trying to get up all the dirt and grime off the bottom and sides of your pool. 

Robotic pool cleaners are the best type of automatic cleaners out there according to House in Order, a property management in Hendersonville, NC. They are sophisticated and work well in all types of pools, no matter their size or shape.

Robotic Pool Cleaner Components

There are five main components to your little robot-pool-cleaning friend. 

  • Primary electric motor – This motor propels the robot around your pool while scrubbing the surface with brushes. It moves around the bottom and sides of your pool like a giant sucking catfish.
  • Scrubbing brushes – These do as their name suggests and scrub the underwater surfaces of your pool, scraping up algae and other organic materials. There are ones for smooth pool surfaces as well as those for tiled.
  • Secondary electric motor – The secondary motor sucks water and pushes it through the machine collecting dirt and debris in a special bag just as a hoover would dirt from the floor. 
  • Debris bag – This special bag collects everything the robotic pool cleaner sucks up. It needs to be emptied regularly because if it gets too full, it could cause your robot to tip, especially when cleaning the sides of the pool.
  • Cord – Robotic pool cleaners utilize a floating cord, with many taking advantage of a swivel on the machine end to prevent cord tangling.

Even though the robot uses a corded power source, the voltage is relatively low, making it safe for water use. 

How do Robotic Pool Cleaners Work?

Robotic pool cleaners utilize efficient motors to drive themselves around the pool. These motors require little power reducing your overall pool maintenance costs. 

Unlike their suction counterparts, robotic pool cleaners operate separately from your pool’s filtration system. Their self-contained debris bags reduce the load on the system and consequently reduce the frequency with which you’ll need to clean and change your pool’s filter. 

Digital technology equals intelligent design in these machines. Amazingly, you can customize the type of cleaning you want to be done. It could be quick or thorough, or maybe just the floor, not the walls. You can even direct your robot to clean just one section of your pool rather than the whole thing.

Since this machine only operates when programmed and turns off when the program has been completed, you’ll be sure to enjoy energy savings as well. 

Through Bluetooth technology, you can communicate with your robot via your smartphone. Some robotic pool cleaners even come with a remote giving them a remote-control-car-like quality. Either way, you can program and/or direct your robot to clean where and when you want.

The capper is this: These cleaners work intelligently and effectively, leaving you to enjoy your pool instead of spending all your time cleaning it.

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Benefits of Using a Robotic Pool Cleaner

Superior technology is key to the usefulness of these cleaners. It makes them better than all the other automatic cleaners out there. 

These robots use sensors to map out your pool. They make sure every nook and cranny is scrubbed and cleaned. You don’t have to worry about missing around the ladder or in the corners.

They do it all.

They are cost-effective. The initial investment may seem daunting, but these robots save time and money in the long run. Remember, you’ll have lower overall maintenance costs on your pool when you utilize one of these.

Minimal work is required on your behalf. You simply drop it in the pool, and it does the rest. You will need to clean out the debris bag regularly, but your filter needs fewer cleanings, so you still come out ahead in the time department.

How Often Should Your Robotic Pool Cleaner Run?

This largely depends on the time of year and your backyard’s tidiness. If you’ve got a yard full of trees dropping leaves and gum nuts everywhere, you’ll want to decrease the time between pool cleanings. 

During the summertime, your pool will see the most use, so it makes sense for you to be running your robot cleaner daily. And since you can program it to run in the middle of the night, you won’t have to worry about it cutting into your swim time. 

If you’re only swimming a few times a week, you’re still good to order your robot to run only on the days you swim.

However, if it’s wintertime and you’re only swimming once every couple of weeks, your best bet is to put the little guy on a weekly cleaning schedule. This should ensure your pool is clean whenever you want to go for a dip.

Let’s say you have some trees in the yard near the pool. Make sure to use a pool cover during those long stretches of disuse. It will not only keep your pool warmer but also reduce debris getting in and lessen your robot’s workload.

Robotic Pool Cleaner Maintenance

Your robotic pool cleaner is an investment, a very pricey investment. So, treat it like one. 

Remove it regularly from the pool so you can empty the debris bag. This is also a good time to drain water from it and rinse it with fresh water. 

While it’s out of the pool, check the brushes for wear and the wheels for debris. Replace the brushes as needed and pick out debris or other matter from the wheels. 

Also, ensure the floating cord does not have any kinks and that its anti-tangle swivel operates smoothly.

Robotic pool cleaners can be a pool owner’s best friend. Take care of them and treat them right; they’ll keep your pool clean and crystal clear for years to come.  It will be ready for your next pool party.

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