Video:Types of Swimming Pool Filterswith Ron Coker, Jr.
Pool filters come in a couple different basic varieties, each with different levels of convenience and effectiveness. This video from About.com will give some advice on picking a pool filter.See Transcript
Transcript:Types of Swimming Pool Filters
Hi, I'm Ron Coker, Jr. with Artistic Pools for About.com and we're here today to talk about different types of pool filters.
Pool Filter Types: Sand
There are basically three types of pool filters. You've got sand, you've got diatomaceous earth and you've got cartridge filters. The main difference being the filter media with each one. The sand filter is just that, the media is sand. Typically, the water comes in hits the top of the filter and then slowly filters down through the sand and that helps to filter out fine particulates. Sand filters filter down to, say, 25 to 30 microbes.
Pool Filter Types: Cartridge
Cartridge filters are good in that they have a very high capacity. You only need to clean them twice a year. Upwards of 500 square feet of surface area. They filter down to, say, 15 microbes.
Pool Filter Types: Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is the finest particulate that we use. Diatomaceous earth is mined, it is a very fine particulate that is made of the exoskeletons of algae of all things. It filters down to 5 microbes.
Comparing Pool Filters
So in choosing your filter you need to think about the maintenance involved with the filter and how clean you actually want the water. The highest maintenance and the cleanest water is the diatomaceous earth filter. The easiest to use is going to be the sand filter. A nice hybrid is your cartridge filter.
Thank you for watching. I'm Ron Coker with Artistic Pools for About.com.