I've read the pump run-time article in the Pool School but thought I'd get some opinions on how I should setup my pump. It's my first pool. I've had it running max speed 24/7 since it was installed ten days or so ago in order to clear the iron from the well fill water. Now that it's cleared up, I'd like to get the pump running on a schedule.
The pump is a variable speed pump from 600-3450RPM (increments of 250RPM.) It has three "steps" that I can program a duration and speed for. Every 24 hours it cycles through these steps. The default program is:
Step 1: 3100RPM for 4 hours
Step 2: 2600RPM for 4 hours
Step 3: 1600RPM for 8 hours
The Pool School article states four hours of circulation for proper chlorination, eight hours if using a variable speed pump, but to adjust if the pool isn't as clean as I'd like. I typically clean the skimmers and add the day's chemicals around 5:00. The pool is under a lot of trees and typically gets a lot of leaves and pine needles. How does this sound?
Step 1: 1600RPM for 9 hours (6:00AM-3:00PM)
Step 2: 3100RPM for 4 hours (3:00PM-7:00PM)
Step 3: 2600RPM for 4 hours (7:00PM-11:00PM)
Pump off for 7 hours (11:00PM-6:00AM)
Does that sound like too much? My concerns are making sure it's circulating when I add my chemicals, enough to skim the debris, and also to be running when we might be using it.