Another newbie question...
We've been up and running for about a week (and still have great, clear water ) but have a question re: filter. We have an Intex "quick set" 5400 gal pool that comes with a cartridge filter. The generic directions said run the filter 3-4 hours daily. I've already figured out it's better to run it after we swim rather than before, when any gunk in the water is more stirred up and more easily filtered, so I'm doing that. The pump is rated to pump 2000 gal per hour (seems a bit optimistic to me, but that's what the information said). The question is: is 3-4 hours really enough?
I've been running it quite a bit more than that, and the water is great, but if I don't need to run it that much, I don't like to use more electricity than necessary, and would like to save wear/tear on the pump. These are the same directions that said to clean and/or replace the filter every two weeks, and that sure didn't seem to be enough after checking the filter after one week.
Also, my electrical-engineer husband has explained to me more than once that for many electrical/mechanical things, the turning on/turning off is harder on them than constant running. Is this true of swimming pool filters, too?
All my test numbers are good (HTH drop kit from Walmart...nothing fancy, but I hope to finish the season with it and get a good one next year); I'm just trying to be a bit proactive here.