A very popular question we get is, "how many hours do I run my pool pump each day?"
Usually, we tell pool owners that between 8 and 12 hours is a good rule of thumb. The next question is "when?"
Many people want to run their pool filter system only at night in order save on electricity during off-peak hours. That's not a bad idea, but it's not the best.
In an ideal world where cost wasn't an issue, running your pool pump 24 hours a day, 7 seven days each week from pool opening to closing, is the best way to care for your pool. Those folks who follow this routine have few if any water quality problems; instead they have a huge electric bill...
But there is a happy medium!