Essentially, a pool pump is the heart of the swimming pool’s circulation system. These devices pull water from the pool through the skimmer and main drain, pushes it through the filter which helps to cleanse the water of impurities, and then returns it to the pool through the main returns. While there are several types of pool pumps, opting to go with a variable speed pump for your pool comes with several benefits that you don’t see with the other types, which we will be covering in today’s post. If you have any other questions or are interested in purchasing a high-quality flowmeter to ensure the efficiency and accuracy of your pool system, give us a call at Blue White Pool and Spa or shop the FLOWREAD™ today.
Reason #1: They Are More Energy Efficient
One of the number one reasons pool owners should opt for a variable speed pump over other options is energy efficiency. In fact, variable speed pumps can use 50% to 75% less energy than traditional single-speed pool pumps and still get the same job done. This is because of the fact that with variable speed pumps, pool owners have the ability to reduce the RPM (rotational speed) of the motor, thus reducing energy consumption. With a single speed pump, pool owners are not given the option to reduce the RPM, even though doing so will still provide them with healthy and clean pool water.
Reason #2: Less Power Consumption
Although variable speed pool pumps tend to have a higher up-front cost, they ultimately will recover all of that cost and save you even more money over time. This is due to the fact that variable speed pumps allow you to run your pool system at a lower speed for a longer period of time as opposed to single speed pumps that are run at higher speeds and typically for shorter periods of time. Because single speed pumps operate at a much higher speed than necessary, they are constantly wasting energy. With the slightest decrease in your pump’s speed, you can save a significant amount of money.
Reason #3: More Money Savings
Like we discussed above, opting for a variable speed pool pump can save you a large amount of money each year as opposed to using a single speed pump. This is because running your pool for longer periods of time at a lower speed will cost much less than running it at high speeds for shorter bursts of time. While it may seem as though the energy consumption would even out, the fact of the matter is that the energy savings grow disproportionately larger the more you lower the speed of your pool pump. According to the Pump Affinity Law, if you reduce your pool pump speed by 30%, you will see a 70% reduction in power consumption.
Reason #4: Improved Pool Circulation
Due to the high energy consumption and costs as well as the loud operating noise, most pool owners who have a single speed pool pump end up running them for eight or less hours daily. This means that for the majority of the day, their pool water is sitting still and building up bacteria along with other contaminants. This, in turn, will cause your pool to require more chlorine and other harsh chemicals.
Reason #5: Quiet Operation
Single speed pool pumps are typically very loud during operation, making it even more impractical to run them during the night. Because of the fact that variable speed pool pumps are much more quiet, it is possible (and recommended) to leave them running for 24 hours a day at a lower speed without keeping your family and neighbors up.
Reason #6: It May Be Required by Law in 2021
Due to the substantial amount of energy consumption that comes from single speed pool pumps, variable speed pool pumps may be required by law in 2021. If you are a current owner of a single speed pool pump, we recommend purchasing a variable speed pump as soon as possible in order to avoid potential fines. Plus, like we discussed above, it will ultimately save you more money in the long run.
If you have any questions about pool pumps or how to install a variable speed pool pump, give our industry-leading team a call at Blue White Pool and Spa today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We also offer a new, state-of-the-art pool flowmeter that can provide you with an accurate read of your pool pump’s current flow rate so that you are able to program its speed for maximum efficiency and pool water health.
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