Variable Speed Swimming Pool Pumps

by Pool Builders on 01-12-2013 in Articles

Finding the right pump for your pool is important. Before purchasing, you want to make sure your pump is sized to meet your pool's requirements.You should also consider the efficiency of your next pump, and variable speed pool pumps are the most efficient pumps on the market.

Before variable speed pool motors were introduced, there were only single speed pumps. And while the pumps were powerful and long-lasting, they used large and unnecessary amounts of power. This was seen as a big problem, because swimming pool pumps were consuming a vast amount of residential power. That type of consumption puts a strain on the power grid we all share, further draining some of our energy-poor states. Single speed pumps run at full speed (3450rpms) at all times. This speed is suitable for the pool's more demanding tasks, but significantly more than required for the simple task of water filtration.

The single main difference between these pumps is the ability to switch between speeds. Variable speed pool pumps can pump water at very low speeds, providing cleaner water, reduced energy consumption, and much quieter operation. The ability to switch speeds manually also means a pool owner can run the pool at off-peak times, when the cost of electricity is lower. Pool enthusiasts across the country are now paying a fraction of what they used to annually, up to ninety percent less.

Additionally, slower speeds significantly decrease the wear and tear on filters and any other pool equipment water flows through. This equals long term savings, as well as long-lasting filtration systems.

Energy providers offer rebates as an incentive to buy more efficient pool pumps. The majority of well-designed variable speed pool pumps will qualify for a rebate, and you can check your provider's website for specifics. In addition to the cost-savings, the rebate will help this pump pay for itself in a short amount of time.

With a new pump, you will most likely need a new control system. If so, this is the best time to consider switching to saltwater. You will pay less than one tenth of what you pay yearly for chlorine, and there are controllers that can handle both duties simultaneously. On a side note, monitor your salt cell when running your pump at very low speeds. A speed too low can trigger your "low level" sensor.

Initially, figuring out the control can be confusing. The instructions are pretty intuitive to someone with experience, but can be annoying for a newbie. You can have your installer set it, or get a recommendation from your part supplier. Set it, forget it, and enjoy your variable speed pool pump.

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