Swimming Pool Pumps On Paper – What’s the smartest choice?


Swimming Pool Pumps: Which Is The Smartest Choice? One Speed vs Two Speed vs Variable Speed.

So you’re in the market for a new pool or a new pool pump, but you’re not sure what kind of pump to buy; here is the nitty gritty for you!

There are three general types of pool pumps: single speed, two speed, and variable speed.

Single Speed Pumps

Single speed pumps are your traditional pool pump, once turned on, it runs at a constant speed.  These pumps cost the least to purchase but are the most expensive to operate. They have the potential to be the noisiest pumps on the market and are not very efficient when it comes to seasonal use for your pool. Single speed pumps have potential to cost over $1,400 per year to operate (depending how long your pool season is). The life of these pumps are generally 3 to 8 years.

Two-Speed Pumps, Slightly Better

A two-speed pump is similar to a single speed pump because it uses an induction style motor.  The difference is that a two-speed pump has a low speed option, which is more efficient than running the pump on high speed all the time.

Normally when someone has a two-speed pump they will run the pump on the low setting for a majority of its use. There are only a few times that the pump actually has to be set to high and that’s when the heater is running (because the heater needs a certain amount of water flow to operate properly) or when you are using the system to vacuum the pool. These pumps cost considerably more money to purchase, compared to the single speed pumps but will save around 50% – 60% on the energy cost, and have about the same life expectancy.

Variable Speed Pumps, Jackpot!  

Variable speed pumps utilize a magnet motor system, unlike the inefficient induction motors used in single and two-speed pumps. They are programmable for up to 8 different speed settings, allowing you to set exactly how fast you want the pump to run for how long and when to switch. Which makes these pumps far more efficient then the single or two-speed pumps. This allows you to make sure your pool circulation is nice and slow, which will not only cost less but make the rest of your system run dramatically more efficient.

They are also much quieter, vibrate less, run cooler, last longer, are digitally controlled, and have advanced diagnostics.  Basically, variable speed pumps are the Mercedes-Benz of pool pumps, and most studies show that they are 90% more efficient than standard one-speed pumps.  This typically equates to an operating cost of approximately $20-$30 per month (compared to the operating cost of a single speed pump which is near $7 per day).  We have started using these pumps and have had GREAT success with them.

Well, there you have it…pool pumps on paper.   Hopefully this article helped you with your decision on pool pumps. If you have any comments or questions, just let us know!

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