Today it seems everybody wants to be “green”. For some this has to do with the environment. For others, it’s about electrical or energy costs. But whatever the reason, people are concerned.
For years, the Jackson, MS area has been known for using sand filters on swimming pools. However, the industry has seen a change nationwide. Due to the push to be “green”, manufacturers have seen a shift to cartridge filters. These filters can be used on above-ground pools or in-ground with significant savings. Here’s a comparison:
Pros of a Sand Filter
Cons of a Sand Filter
Pros of a Cartridge Filter
Cons of a Cartridge Filter
What our experience tell us:
Based on our experience with both sand filters and cartridge filters in the Jackson, MS area, we feel that each customer must determine what is most important to them: maintenance time vs cost of maintenance.
If maintenance cost is a key concern, then a cartridge filter can be a great asset to your pool. The savings in water is not significant. However, the savings in chemicals has been noticed by customers. Moreover, the savings in electrical cost is outstanding. Most customers report approximately a 50% savings compared to running a sand filter. If the cartridge filter is paired with an energy efficient pump, electrical savings can reach the 75% mark.
However, if maintenance time is key concern, then a sand filter may be your best bet. After all, sand filters have been the filter of choice by most pool owners in the Jackson, MS area for decades. Some customers who have had experience with both sand and cartridge filters have noted that backwashing a sand filter is much easier and quicker than cleaning cartridges.
Thus, our recommendation is to talk with Paradise Pools staff member to determine which filter will best meet your expectations and life style. In addition, ask whether or not your pool can be upgraded to be energy efficient pump. Not all pools can run the energy efficient pumps. However, the cartridge filters can be used on most, if not all, swimming pools.