How to Spot Superior Quality Pool Pump Parts

by Pool Builders on 05-06-2010 in Articles

There are a multitude of factors that affect the care of a good, clean and efficient pool. Factors such as water circulation and filtration are two of the main aspects that can drastically affect the quality of pool water. Many experienced owners know that a proficient pool system is the key to reducing costs linked with operating, maintaining and ultimately replacing pools.

Finding Pool Pump Parts
Before going out to your local home improvement store to purchase replacement, or maintenance parts, you should take all the necessary measurements of your system first. If you are going to be replacing the filter, or actual filter pump, then you should know the type of filter, its flow rate, and the pumps horse power. Replacing items with weaker or different stats can severely compromise your already pristine pool, and make your life that much harder in the long run.

Another thing to think about while shopping around for a pool pump is to make sure that it is compatible with your pool filter. Sand filters, for example, would need a pump with a faster flow rate. This will allow the water to bypass the sand without creating any stagnant or muddy sections in the filter box. Remember, it would be best to replace your old pump with one that has the same water flow and horsepower as your old one. This will decrease your chances of filtering issues with the new pump.

Speed is another factor to consider while looking for a new pool pump. Pool owners frequently use the single speed pump rated at 3450 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute). These pumps are less energy efficient than the variable speed ones, because they use the greatest amount of power to perform their purpose. Yet they are more durable and often outlast the variable output pumps as they can maintain a steady flow of water over a longer period of time. This does come at a cost, however, as single speed pumps use more energy to run, than the variable speed options listed below.

Variable speed pumps, such as a two-speed pump, afford the user a little more control over the energy usage. At low speed, it runs at 1750 RPM and high speed is 3450 RPM. The user can save money on their electric bill by running the pump on the lower speed during non peak hours, and at higher speeds when the pump really needs to do its job. The two-speed function will offer a benefit for spas, for example, as they can be run on high speed for the jets and low speed for the idle filtration.

Two-Speed and Variable Speed Pump Can Save Money
Many owners are switching to the two-speed pool pump, because it saves them money on their energy bill. You use about $56.00 worth of energy to run the 3450 RPM speed and you use about $7.00 worth of energy to run the 1750 RPM speed. The savings are quite obvious there. When using the 1750 RPM, you are only using 1/8 of the energy that you normally use in the 3450 RPM. Thus, the variable speed pumps are the natural choice for energy conscious shopper.

Trusted pool part manufacturers that you could look into are Intex, Little Giant, Hayward, Calsplash, and Polaris. All of them offer both the static and variable speed pumps for you to choose from.

While the initial investment in the variable and two-speed pumps is a bit high, you will recoup the money by the savings you will have on your energy bill. Shop around, find the best deals, and remember, by saving energy you will also be helping the environment!

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