Cool Pool Pumps - How They Work

by Pool Builders on 01-13-2008 in Articles

Pool pumps work in concert with filters to keep water clean and circulating.

The most basic function of a pool pump is to draw water out of, and push water back into the pool. The length and size of pipes and plumbing the water passes through determines the size and power of the pump and motor needed. For that reason, the most important issue involving them is sizing them correctly.

These are essential to cleaning and warming the water by circulating the water through filters. For the best possible water balance, the pump must match the size and volume of the pool. To understand how to shop for a pump for any pool, consider the following points:

  • Pool size - matching a pump to a pool can be likened to matching an air conditioner unit to a house. Consult experts to determine the correct size.
  • Efficiency varies among different pumps. Do the research and find out how efficient any given model is before you buy.
  • Energy consumption - usually a pool pump is quite energy intensive. There are, however, models that work efficiently using the least possible amount of electricity.

This is the hardest working element in any pool. Ask plenty of questions during the building process so you understand the function and importance of this piece of equipment. You can ask your builder about pump basics, as well as energy efficiency, warranty, capacity, and price.

To decide which combination of pool pumps and filters will best fit your situation, work closely with your builder to determine the needs and requirements of your pool's water volume. If it's a new pool, it is worth the effort to obtain the best equipment from the beginning. If you're planning remodeling or expanding an existing swimming hole, any pool professional will be happy to review all the elements of your project.

When prioritizing pool supplies, a pump is high on the list. Don't skimp on the pump quality just to get more expensive pool side furniture, for example.

Most manufacturers have all the information about their products available through a Web site or even at a physical store location. It is worth the effort to research pumps and pools before even contacting a builder. Because it works so closely with the filter, it is also important to choose the correct size of pump to complement your filter. The volume of your pool can be matched to the pump specifications provided by manufacturers.

Taking time to consider and evaluate this piece of equipment is important for the overall water quality of your pool. Research will yield important details and statistics regarding the ratings of different pool pumps. Also consider objective information (3rd-party reviews as opposed to manufacturer's claims) based on pool size, efficiency, energy consumption, longevity and reputation.

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