Pentair's IntelliFlo VF Pool Pump Saves Money, Energy and Reduces Your Carbon Footprint

by Pool Builders on 02-10-2011 in Articles

Pentair is one of those titans of industry whose success has afforded them the opportunity to employ an army of researchers and engineers to bring innovative, top-quality swimming pool products to the masses. These days, consumers across the board are interested in two main avenues: saving money and being eco-friendly.

The Pentair IntelliFlo VF High Performance Pump is an intelligent variable flow pump that roundly accomplishes both objectives. The underlying principle of the IntelliFlo's energy efficiency is not much different than a car's gas mileage: do you use more gas flying down the freeway at 80 miles per hour or driving 35 mph on surface streets? The IntelliFlo saves so much electricity because it runs at a low speed for longer periods of time.

Moving water through pipes, filters and heaters at hyper speed eats energy at amazing rates. Variable flow (or dual speed) pumps maximize energy efficiency by operating at a lower speed for everyday operations like filtration and increase to a high speed only when a demand is present, like running a pool cleaner, water feature, or an attached spa's jets.

What puts the "intelligent" in "IntelliFlo" is that it self-regulates, correcting water flow rates to ensure minimal energy use. Pentair boasts that this little prodigy will cut your energy consumption by up to 90% - great! But what does that translate to on your utility bill? From what we've seen, the IntelliFlo VF will save you a minimum of 40% in energy costs, but more often, we see around 60% savings. Factor in the costs of operating during peak demand, and this translates into a savings of $600 to $1,300 in annual utility costs.

The up-front cost of an IntelliFlo VF is what might be coined in polite company as "an investment." Of course, you also have to look at the practical application of what a 90% reduction in energy consumption will mean for your budget down the line. Lest you forget what has made Pentair a global leader in the pool supply industry, remember this: quality always wins.

The IntelliFlo VF has on-board diagnostic capabilities that allow it to protect itself from harm, including loss of prime, overheating, voltage fluctuation and freezing temperatures. It is programmed to take specific actions for each threat, preserving its own life and your investment. It also allows you to set and adjust the flow rate for any function, giving you ultimate control over your savings.

Another amazing feature of the IntelliFlo VF is its silent function. With a pool pump that is going to save you money by operating for longer periods of time, the last thing you want is to trade savings for racket that will wake the neighbors. As it turns out, the IntelliFlo VF registers between seven to 10 decibels. To put that in perspective, the average whisper comes in at about 30 decibels. Your dog may be able to tell when the IntelliFlo VF is hard at work, but you won't.

The only complaint we've heard about the IntelliFlo VF is from an owner with a suction-side pool cleaner. When the cleaner worked up to the waterline, it would sometimes take in air, causing the pump to shut off from loss of prime. As the pump will restart and reprime itself on the same day, this is less of a problem and more of an occasional annoyance. Keep in mind that pressure-side and robotic cleaners will not present this problem.

The bottom line is this: for superior eco-friendly function and maximum savings on energy costs, the Pentair IntelliFlo VF High Performance pool pump is the way to go.

Adaptable to any application up to 230 volts and 160 gallons per minute.

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