Optimizing Pool Maintenance: How Many Hours A Day Should Run A Pool Pump?


Optimizing Pool Maintenance: How Many Hours A Day Should Run A Pool Pump?

Optimizing Pool Maintenance: How Many Hours A Day Should Run A Pool Pump?

Release time:2023.04.28

The best time to run your swimming pool pump is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Doing so will make your water circulating, keeping your pool clean and safe. Unfortunately, running your pool pump this way normally consumes a lot of energy. With the rising concept of net-zero homes, homeowners are more concerned with the energy efficiency of home appliances. Running a pool pump is an essential part of pool care. Pool owners must clearly understand the run-time per day to maximize the efficiency of the pool pump.

How to Calculate the Run Time per Day?

The volume of your pool and the flow rate of your pump will determine how long a pump should run for your swimming pool. Now it is math time.

1. The volume of the pool. It is easy for rectangular and square pools with a constant depth. Remember the following formula (in meters cubed): Length x Width x Average Depth. For swimming pools of other shapes, it is length x width x average depth x 5.9. It will give you the volume in gallons, and you will know how much water is in your swimming pool.

2. Flow rate of the pump.  It is all about how much water your pool pump can pump per hour (gallons per hour or liters per hour). To find the m³/h (m³ per hour) value, you can look at the specifications label on the pool pump. If it is 1.5 kw, that is an average 1.5 kw pump that will move about 25 m³/h. It would be 3,000 gallons per hour.

For instance, the volume in meter would be 2,250 if the swimming pool was 30 feet by 15 feet and 5 feet deep. We can get a pool volume of 16,875 gallons by multiplying that by 7.5. Dividing that by 3,000 gallons per hour equals 5.625 hours. In this situation, we can set a timer to run the pool pump for 6 hours.

The overall goal of your pool pump is to circulate the entire pool water through the filter at least once a day. If you don’t want to do the math, master this golden rule: 8 hours a day is an excellent time to get your pump circulating throughout the pool.

Do You Have to Run the Pump for 8 Hours At A Time?

However, running at least 8 hours doesn’t mean your pool pump has to run 8 hours straight. You can run 4 hours in the early morning and another 4 hours in the late afternoon. To save energy, you can use the pump’s timer to set specific operating hours to avoid peak electricity usage. It is also an effective way for pool pump maintenance.

Which Type of Pool Pump Is Most Energy Efficient for Daily Running?

Knowing how long your pump runs, what time of day makes the most sense, and which type of pump fits your pool can make a big difference to the cleanliness of your pool. You can get the most out of your system or consider investing in energy efficient upgrades. The Aquagem InverPro inverter pool pump enables the ultimate in pool pump energy efficiency. It intelligently changes its operating capacity according to various working conditions while maintaining optimal power output. Therefore, it is a combination of powerful hydraulics and high energy efficiency. The InverPro can save up to 15 times more energy than single-speed pool pumps. Even if you run your pool pump 24/7 the whole year-round, you don’t need to worry about high energy consumption. Plus, the InverPro is 30 times quieter thanks to InverSilence® technology. Even running all the time, the InverPro won’t let noise interfere with your sleep or happy family time.



Ideally, a pool pump should run all day, all year. Aquagem is dedicated to inverter technology since it offers pool owners an innovative and new user experience with intelligent inverter pool pumps. Contact our experts if you want to experience the high efficiency of InverPro in your pool.