05 March 2015

Sand filter

  • Price: Between $200 and $600; Sand: between $50 and $150.
  • Pros: Biggest seller in Quebec, therefore product and parts are very accessible. User-friendly.  Provide adequate filtration. Easy to clean.
  • Cons: Very heavy and take up space. Filtration pressure leads to a rapid deterioration of its components.  If the filter does not work properly, can bring sand in the pool.
  • Performance: Filters 20-100 microns.
  • Maintenance: Change sand every 5 years.
  • Lifespan: 25 years.

D.E filter (Diatomaceous Earth)

  • Price: Between $500 and $1 000; Diatomaceous earth: inexpensive.
  • Pros: Best filtration performance on the market. Maintenance is reasonably priced.
  • Cons: Maintenance can be painful. Possible overpressure if filtration system is kept poorly. Residues of diatomaceous earth are toxic to rivers.
  • Performance: Filters 3-5 microns.
  • Maintenance: Replace the diatomaceous earth twice during the summertime.
  • Lifespan: 20 years.

Cartridge filter

  • Price: Between $500 and $1 000; Cartridge filter: between $150 and $600.
  • Pros: Easy to use. No backwash cleaning required. Only filtration system to trap body oils.
  • Cons: Lifespan of cartridge filter: short.
  • Performance: Filters 25-100 microns.
  • Maintenance: Change cartridge filter once or twice a year.
  • Lifespan: 20 years and 3 years for cartridge filter.
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