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decaf66


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Message Posted:
24/09/2009 23:28

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I am relatively new to TRNC, and definitely new to having a swimming pool!



My pool is being looked after by a specialist (I hope), but I am wondering about how long the pump should be running this time of the year and also in the winter period.

I am lead to understand by a neighbour (I live in the UK) that it comes on in the very early hours of the morning and then in the afternoon for about 4 hours each time.



Not there very often, so perhaps someone can reassure me if the pump on/off times and sequences are about right?

Or what do you suggest.



Many thanks from a dodderer!



Smity



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Message Posted:
24/09/2009 23:50

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Hi Dodderer



As a pool owner myself and live in the UK During the sumer months your pool should be on for a minimum of 4 hoursat a time, my timer is set for 6 hours on then off for 4 hours and so on.

In the winter Nov to april this can be reduced to 8 hours a day. 2 hours on then 4 off

If you have a good pool company then they should alter your timer for you.

May I enquire which pool company do you use



TRNCVaughan


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25/09/2009 09:18

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I have explained this before but I will explain it again.



A pool should be completely circulated at least once in any 24 hour period, preferrably one and half times.



Find the volume of your pool and balance tank (if you have one). Lets say it's 100,000 litres.

Determine the duty of your pump. Lets say it's 20,000 litres per hour.

It will take 5 hours to circulate your pool (100,000 divided by 20,000).

So, your pool pump should run for at least 5 hours per day, preferrably 7.5 hours per day. This can be reduced in winter when the bather load goes down.



I would say that Smity is running his pump for far too long (14 hours per day in summer, 8 in winter).



Ozbey


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25/09/2009 13:16

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With people (and maybe some pool cleaners) like this, no wonder TRNC does not always have enough electricity to go round!



What about the size of the electricity bill too? More money than sense springs to mind.



TRNCVaughan


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25/09/2009 13:39

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The RoC electricity authority, EAC, recognises that during the summer, peak consumption is reached due to air conditioning demand. No doubt pool pump consumption accounts for a lot as well in summer and what applies to them must apply to Kib Tek. On an island, electricity supply must always be finite unless we get extra via an undersea cable. We either increase our power supply or reduce our consumption. Increasing power supply is not on so all we can do is use less.

Question for Kibsolar and others - what do you think of MicroCHP as it could apply to Cyprus?



kibsolar


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25/09/2009 16:44

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the idea is good - but: what shall we do with all the heat (generated by BHKW or microCHP)????? So, unless we find a good way of using this huge ammount of heat produced- also in summer - till then, it will be a no go. get more info here: http://www.microchap.info/

The best would be, as the daytime peak is high, get the government to pay a solar "feed in tarif" so we can all reduce the load at teknecik in daytime - as everybody could then generate some electricity with PV. Perfect for TRNC!! At the moment, even no grands from TRNC government, we can produce 1kW for as low as 15Ect with photovoltaic (runnigtime 20-25 years). Good option for offices which are only occupied daytime..



BTW: MicroCHP: VW started to offer them in germany for households via Lichtblick which is the one of the Greenest utility suppliers. The heat is stored for daytime warm water needs and heating backup.. http://www.lichtblick.de/h/vorteile_290.php but it is in german.

Regards, Henrik http://www.kibsolar.com



Smity



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25/09/2009 16:57

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Blimey he only asked about his pool pump running.

Next we will get the effects of carbon emissioins, green house gas effects.Oh and lets not forget the cost, blimey why do some people live out here beats me.

The uk prices are going through the roof petrol 1.06/ltr. beer 2.75 a pint



And a government that could not orgenise a p--s up in a brewery



decaf66


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27/09/2009 20:32

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The Dodderer thanks everyone for their reply...however high flying and technical some may have been.

It seems that the times for my 8 x 4 pool is running slightly longer than is necessary, and with electricity so high cutting an hour every day this time of the year can amount to quite a saving.

I will be in the TRNC from Wednesday, and no doubt will be speaking to the pool company.

So, bosses of pool cleaners, make sure you check on your guys and not just take their word that they have been and made my pool sparkling!

Smity.....hopefully it helps to keep the pool people on their toes; and only name when there is shame.



MarkVPiazza


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Message Posted:
28/09/2009 09:47

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We have an 8x4 with a pool cover.



Pump is running 2 1/2 hours a day at the moment - the water is 29c and crystal clear too.



A pool cover keeps out most of the dust & insects, and I'm sure this drastically reduces the need for "pump time"



Mark



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