Do you have a new pool? Having a pool that you can retreat to on a hot day is one of the best feelings in the world. Taking a dip in that cool water and letting the stress melt away is wonderful. However, you need to know how to properly care for your pool, and this includes knowing how to choose the right pool filter. Of course, if you are new to having a pool, this can be a bit difficult to do.

Below are some of the most common mistakes that new pool owners make when they are buying the pool filter. Understanding these mistakes can help to reduce the risk of you making them.

Not Learning About Filter Types

If you thought you could just order a “pool filter” for your swimming pool and be done with it, you would be majorly wrong. There are many different types of pool filters, each with advantages and drawbacks. Which one is right for your pool? It will depend on a range of factors.

Therefore, you will want to take a little time to learn about the various types of pool filters before you get ahead of yourself. There are traditional sand filters, cartridge filters, and diatomaceous earth filters.

You also want to find a filter that will work with your pool type. Do you have an above-ground or an inground pool? It’s important to know how what the filter can keep out, too. Pool filters measure the size of contaminants they can remove in microns. The better the micron capability the better the filter is at keeping out contaminants.

Not Buying Soon Enough

One of the other mistakes when it comes to buying filters is waiting a bit longer than you should. A lot of times, people try to wait to get a new filter until the last minute, hoping they can get as much use out of it as possible. While it’s understandable that you want to save money, you won’t want to wait too long to get a new filter. You don’t want the delay to cause other issues with your pool.

Not Thinking About the Pump and Pool Size

When buying filters for the pool, you want to make sure that you are buying filters that are large enough for your pool pump and the overall size of your pool. With these filters, it is generally a good idea to choose a larger size. This will ensure it can handle the power of the pump without trouble. Typically, you will want to choose a filter that has at least one square foot per 10,000 gallons of pool capacity.

Buying the Cheapest Option Available

As mentioned, we know that it’s always nice to be able to save a little bit of money where and when you can. However, one of the places you will not want to skimp is with your pool. From the installation and construction of the pool to all of the materials you use to keep the pool clean and in good condition, it’s important to buy quality.

Do not make the mistake of choosing the cheapest option you can find. Choosing untested, low-quality brands is a bad idea because you never know how well they work. Sometimes, they do not work at all. Other times, you will find that you have to replace them far sooner than you would otherwise.

Typically, a filter cartridge system should last for between two and four years before it needs to be replaced. A sand filter system will last between three and seven years. Some could last longer or need to be changed out sooner.

However, you will find that when you opt for cheaper, untested brands, they will generally run out in less time. Keep in mind that when we say cheap, we’re not just talking about the price—we’re talking about the quality of the brand. You can still find some great, affordable filters… just make sure they are of a high enough quality.

Not Talking to the Experts

Of course, one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to getting a new pool filter is not taking advantage of the experts. When you aren’t sure which filter to choose, connect with professionals who either sell these products or who handle the installation for you. They will have more knowledge about the various options and can let you know more about the different choices you have when it comes to pool filters.

Now that you have a better understanding of what you need to think about when it comes to buying the right pool filter, it should be much easier. Whenever you are in doubt, listen to the professionals. They will not steer you wrong.