2 - 6 hour cycles or 3 - 4 hour cycles a day?

mkenyon2

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Nov 25, 2009
236
Cleona, PA
I figure my 1HP pump should be able to cycle all my water in 3-4 hours. Right now I have it on a 6 on/6 off cycle, so twice a day it runs for 6 hours. (6AM to noon, and 6PM to midnight.)

Would I be better served by going 3 - 4 hour shifts? (6-10AM, 2-6 PM, 10PM-2AM)
Stats below.
 

woodyp

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Apr 17, 2010
10,356
East Texas
Let us know how much direct sun is on your pool and at what times of the day. Is it partially shaded for instance. Here in Texas, my pool has full sun till 5 p.m. and I run the pump from 9:30 a.m. till 6:30 p.m.
 

dmanb2b

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Apr 4, 2009
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NY
As woody stated, depending on conditions, somepools require more filtration, but if you are getting a turn over in 3-4 hours, 2 3-4 hr cycles may be enough.
 

mkenyon2

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Nov 25, 2009
236
Cleona, PA
I get pretty good sun during the day. My backyard is to the south of the house. There is a line of trees further south (about 10-15 ft) behind the pool, no trees east or west of it.
 

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