When you become a residential pool owner, there are a lot of things you need to consider. What kind of environment is your pool in? What kind of weather do you have to watch for? What kind of pool system do you need for your pool size?

There are also a lot of routine maintenance and technicalities that go into keeping the pool clean and operating correctly. What chemicals do you use? How energy efficient is your pool? What is a pool flow meter?

All of these are important questions to ask, especially if you’re trying to be an energy-efficient pool owner and keep unnecessary costs low. Today, we’re here to help you better understand what a pool flow meter is and the role it plays in monitoring and maintaining your pool filtration system.

Learn more about pool flow meters, how Blue-White Pool and Spa can help, and shop Blue-White pumps and our FLOWREAD™ today!

A Guide to Pool Flow Meters

When you own or take care of a residential pool, you know the importance of having a strong pool filtration system in order to properly maintain your pool water and keep everything clean and safe. Part of that process involves understanding the flow of your pool pump and what that means for your water.

As you already know, the pool pump is responsible for pulling water from the pool and running it through a filter to clean and return that water back to the pool. There is also some math involved in figuring out what to set the flow rate at to ensure you properly cycle all of the water in your pool. But a faster flow rate doesn’t necessarily mean best performance. That’s where a pool flow meter comes in.

Pool Flow Meters

A flow meter is an instrument you can buy to add on to your pool system that measures the flow rate of your pool pump. Knowing the flow rate of your pool not only helps you understand how quickly you’re turning over the water, but it can also indicate how efficient your pool system is.

While you can calculate the necessary flow rate for your pool pump, it’s harder to calculate the actual flow rate your pump is putting out. Other factors can influence the flow rate, like if your pool and pool system is built into a hill or how much pipe the water has to travel through.

To keep your pool safe and clean, you do want to make sure that you’re cycling through all of the water in your pool every 24 hours. Initially, you might think that a higher flow rate would mean that you finish that turnover faster and could turn off your pool system between cycles to save energy. But that’s not necessarily the case.

If you set your pool pump to operate too fast, you’re actually wasting energy — and spending more money than you need to. It might seem counterintuitive but running your pool for 24 hours a day at a slower rate is more efficient than running your system at a higher rate for just a portion of the day. Why is that? It’s because it’s much easier for your system to maintain an existing flow than having to move stagnant water after the system has been turned off.

Installing a Flowmeter

In order to accurately measure the flow rate, a flowmeter will need to be attached to the piping of your pool where water is pumped into your filter. You’ve set your pool pump to operate at a certain flow rate, but a flowmeter will let you know the actual rate that the water is flowing at.

Some pool flow meters are easier to install than others. If you choose the Blue-White FLOWREAD™, you can install the flowmeter into your pool system piping in as little as two minutes. Then the small ball inside the FLOWREAD™ will show you the current flow rate of the water in that piping.

The FLOWREAD™ Flowmeter

When you install a flowmeter like the FLOWREAD™ from Blue-White Pool and Spa, you can not only monitor the flow rate of your pool but also track how energy efficient your pool pump is.

At Blue-White, we’ve designed our flowmeters to be simple and easy to both install and use so they don’t require any extra work or maintenance on your part. Just look at the reading on your flowmeter to easily see the flow rate of your pool in gallons per minute and how energy efficient that rate is.

The goal at Blue-White Pool and Spa is to help residential pool owners save on energy costs when they use our FLOWREAD™ flowmeter and go green!

Shop Blue-White Pumps and Flowmeters Today!

While pool systems might feel complicated, it’s important to understand how different decisions you make as a pool owner impact the cleanliness, efficiency, and overall cost of your residential pool. Install a pool flow meter onto your pool for a better understanding of how your pool system is operating and make sure you’re making the best choices for your pool.

If you don’t already have a flowmeter installed on your pool — or aren’t happy with the current flowmeter you’re using — then opt for the FLOWREAD™ flowmeter from Blue-White Pool and Spa. Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions about our flowmeter or other Blue-White pumps and order the FLOWREAD™ today.

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