After plugging my pump into a cheap timer which burned up in one day , I've been manually turning my pump on at night when I add bleach and off in the morning when I leave for work, about 10 hours or almost 2 turnovers. That means the pool is sitting stagnant for 14 hours, which I know is not a problem as the bleach does the disinfecting and the water is staying crystal clear.
Yesterday my wife and kids decided to swim at about 4 pm. The pump had been off for 8 hours. They turned it back on because they complained about the dead bugs and other things that had blown into the pool, and thought it was gross. I don't want to go back to longer run times just to avoid this (which has never bothered me ), but it had me thinking about splitting up the run times 3 or even 4 times per day.
I am going to install a paragon timer soon that will allow me to run up to 7 cycles daily. I had originally thought of going to twice per day, which I still may do and monitor the situation, but I'm wondering if I split the run time even further, am I potentially creating any problems since each cycle would be less than what it takes for one complete turnover?
At this point my options seem to be 1 10 hour cycle, 2 5 hour cycles, 3 3.33 hour cycles or 4 2.5 hour cycles. If it makes no difference, it seems 4 2.5 hour cycles would be best to keep the surface of the water clear.