Published by Matt Fichera on May 20 2021
Variable Speed Pool Pumps | Saving Money During the Chlorine Shortage and Beyond
Variable Speed Pool Pumps have gotten so efficient that they can cause your electricity bill to drop anywhere from 50% all of the way up to 80%. Technology has come a very long way when it comes to saving energy and your pool’s operating equipment is no different. Some states even sponsor rebate programs where they provide you reimbursement in the form of a check for investing in a variable speed pump. Some even go all of the way up to $500 in money back. Read our blog on this reimbursement program
Did you know that swimming pool pumps are usually the number two consumer of electricity in the entire household? After heating and cooling, the pool pump accounts for 13% of your entire monthly energy use. The U.S. Government has a new regulation saying that all pool pumps that are both manufactured for use or imported for use after July 19, 2021 must ,meet new efficiency standards. Read our blog on these new regulations and what they mean for the pool owner.
The fact that you can now operate your pump at a lower cost, opens up the ability to run it more frequently, helping to develop and maintain clean water. Pool water which is constantly moving (or close to constantly moving) does not grow algae and maintains its quality longer. Water in motion is your friend, while stagnant water is not. Remember the old saying that “a rolling stone gathers no moss”? This same idea can be applied to the water in your pool. This becomes even more important during the chlorine shortage as moving water is far less likely to be a target of bothersome contaminants. Fewer contaminants means that the chlorine doesn’t have to work as hard to disinfect thus reducing your pool’s need for it.
The construction of today’s variable speed pumps is such that they protect internal components and are enclosed fan cooled or “TEFC” for short. All of this keeps possible problem sources out like bugs, or pool water, or dirt and debris. This state-of-the-art design works to prolong the life of the pool pump sometimes even three to four times more than older models. Most variable speed pumps come with a warranty from the manufacturer that is good for 3 to 4 years.
You may ask, “What is a variable speed pump and why do they matter?” and this would be a very good and very valid question. The idea behind a Variable Speed Pump has to do with Pump Affinity Laws. You can read more about those in our Pump Affinity Laws Blog but to summarize, what you are trying to achieve when it comes to moving water does not have to be completed as a simple on/off procedure. Running the pump from a small computer-controlled unit can work to sustain healthy water but also save you money on operating costs especially during those warm summer months allowing you less stress and more relaxing poolside.
Today’s modern day variable speed pumps are significantly quieter than pumps from decades gone by. We are talking night and day when it comes to operating noise. Older pumps were not designed with electrical consumption or savings in mind so they tended to be bigger, more expensive to operate and the noise was definitely something you would notice. Nowadays operating noise is so soft that it blends in with any background noise for a more enjoyable experience.
Variable speed pumps usually operate between 2.3 and 3.45 horsepower, all have timers that are programmable, many have as many as eight different time slots that allow for a schedule to be created to optimize operation. To learn more about variable speed pump operation, read our additional blog.