ARE ALL SWIMMING POOL PUMPS ALIKE?
The only way that they are all alike is that they all pump, circulate, and help filtrate the pool water. For the sake of this discussion, I will now let you in on the types of inground pool pumps available and intentionally avoid above ground pool pumps as they should not be utilized on inground pools.
PUMP TYPE: Single Speed
Single speed pumps have been the staple on inground pool installations for decades now. When it is running, it is at a single constant speed. Due to this they are the most expensive pool pumps to operate. While there have been many innovations on the hydraulics over the years that make them much more energy efficient than the old days, they are still very common and the least expensive type of pumps to purchase.
PUMP TYPE: Dual Speed
A dual speed pump is a close cousin on a single speed pump. The motors are very similar except the dual speed pump does have a low speed option that is more energy efficient. Please be aware that there are times when you want the pump on high speed, such as when leaves are prevalent so that the pool will ‘skim’ property, anytime you want to heat the pool, and of course when you are using your manual vac system so that you have lots of suction while cleaning the pool. A dual speed pump is considerably more expensive to purchase than a single speed pump, but typically saves you 50% or more on electricity.
PUMP TYPE: Variable Speed
These pumps are made special by the use of permanent magnet motors. The pool owner can program the motor down to as little as 1/10 of a horse power. Some of our clients with them actually run their pool pumps 18-24 hours a day. Since slower water movement creates less drag, the circulation system becomes incredibly more efficient. Other reports from our clients are that they vibrate less, are quieter while running, the motors last longer and some folks just like the advanced diagnostics and programmability. A lot of studies have been published that claim that they are almost 90% more energy efficient than single speed pumps.
Which pumps do American Pools install?
Well the answer is all of them. If price is a big consideration then a single speed pump is best. If you are skilled in programming things, if you like high tech stuff and don’t mind paying the up charge, a variable speed pump is just for you!
Thought of the day:
“I never let my schooling interfere with my education”. Mark Twain