As I understand it a pool pump is necessary to force water through the filtration system: keeping the pool clean. The pool is part of an HOA and we do have a pool-man to attend the pool.
I would like to understand the line of thinking that allows one to decide how many hours a day or duty cycle (fraction of the hour it pump is on) is needed. I would think that debris is primary driver of pump use and not the mixing of chemicals (diffusion / entropy).
I can program an embedded controller to schedule on/off times for the pump, but would prefer to buy something if it already exists.
- If the pump was not on enough, what symptoms would be observable?
- Is it preferable to run the pump 8 hours continuously or 20 minutes of each hour continuously?
- In Florida winter, when the pool is rarely used: is there a rule of thumb to reduce pump use?
- If the pool is closed at 10, does it make sense to run the pump for 1 hour then shut it off until the pool opens at 10AM?
- Is there a feedback mechanism (measurement) that can be used to control the pump?
If you have experience reducing your pump on-time and have successfully measured the reduction in energy, please state this in your response. Double bonus if there was a controller (either off the shelf or custom) implemented.