When to Run the Pool Pump in Summer


When to Run the Pool Pump in Summer

When to Run the Pool Pump in Summer

Release time:2022.07.01

If you want to have swimming pleasure with family and friends on beautiful summer days, keeping your home pool clean, safe, and in good shape should always be a priority. As part of the pool circulation system, pumps are commonly used with pool filters to clean the pool, remove debris from the water, and keep chemicals mixed. But, in the summer, what hours of the day should you run your pump? Here are a few dos and don’ts that may answer your queries.

When to run the pool pump?

Pool pumps typically run 6-8 hours a day in the winter. But in the summer, pool pumps run longer, up to 10-12 hours a day, because algae grow faster and more in warmer temperatures. According to industry standards, the pool pump should be run at least once every 24 hours. However, if the pool still appears to have unclean water, we recommend doing two turnovers during the summer to maintain the water quality.

Should I use my pool pump during the day or at night?

Running the pool pump during the hottest part of the day is a smart strategy to slow down algae growth in the pool. Though the ideal solution is to run the pool pump for half a day during the day and half a day at night, it is best to run the pump while the sun is at its peak or after midday for 8-hour filtration per day. Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. will make more sense.

Does a pool pump have to run all the time?

Swimming pool pumps should ideally run 24 hours a day, but it results in hefty electricity bills. So if you are a single speed pool pump owner, running it continuously is not recommended. You can filter all the pool water at least once every 24 hours and turn on the pump for at least 6 hours during the summer. However, if you use the swimming pool a lot or are throwing a pool party on the day, it will be a good idea to run the filter twice.

How long to run the pool pump on high/low speed?

While air conditioners top the list of the most energy-consuming appliances in a home during summer, the second-placed pool pump and filtration system shouldn’t be overlooked. Hence, to maximize the efficiency of a pool pump, it is critical to set the running time.

In swimming pools using single-speed pumps, the circulation system should run for 1 hour for every 10°F increase in air temperature. For example, a temperature of 100°F necessitates a 10-hour run time. However, it may lead to higher energy consumption with more running costs.

For variable speed pumps, running 12 hours a day is essential. The ideal variable speed pool pump schedule is 3-4 hours at high speed for pool cleaning and 8-9 hours at low speed for filtration. However, when the pump runs at low motion, some pool equipment may not work adequately or even start, such as the saltwater chlorine generator.


These issues are resolved thanks to inverter pool pumps. Leveraging the patented InverSilence® technology, the Aquagem inverter pool pump InverPro saves up to 15 times more energy and is 30 times quieter than traditional on/off pool pumps. During filtration, InverPro adjusts the motor speed in real-time to precisely match the required flow for the pool system. With the 24/7 dynamic circulation, it brings constant clear pool water. Moreover, InverPro can increase energy efficiency by running at as low as 0.1 KW in real-time and saving 12,664 kilowatts a year. For every pool owner, InverPro is the most silent and energy-efficient pool pump solution.


Using a high-efficiency pool pump and only running it for a few hours when essential will save you time and energy in maintaining your pool. Water circulation aims to return pool water to its target state within a certain time. During the summer, Aquagem Technology Limited recommends two to three cycles per day for private pools, with each pool cycle lasting six to eight hours. To get more advice on using inverter pool pumps, contact our experts!