I keep seeing "skimmer" used in many chemical distribution conversations and it appears to be a good tool for better pool cleaning but I can't find much useful info about them.
What are they? There are two types that I can see, free-floating and built-in (predominantly used in IG pools it seems).
Why & how are the used?
When are they used?
Our Intex AG pool doesn't have one but it seems they can be bought separately as an attachment. My wife and I are both computer engineering types so we need boring, gory details...really can't have too much information about them. If it's determined I need one then I need to know as much about them as I can so I can make a good purchase.
Why I think we need one:
Our house is almost surrounded by mature Douglas Fir trees (80'+) and they are almost constantly shedding material, particularly needles. Spring time brings lots of pollen -- I've seen the air turn yellow when a gust of wind blows through a large cedar or fir tree. Plus there is a large variety of agricultural farms in the region (fruit trees, wheat, grasses, grapes, tulips, etc.) so pollen season can be drawn out. Just want a low-maintenance method of keeping our pool clean since, somehow , I'm the person who is going to be responsible for it.