7 deadly sins when buying a swimming pool…

Posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on May 19, 2011 1:00:15 AM

If you want the most automated, fuss-free, comfortable experience possible.

—Part 5 of 7:

#5. Settling for yesterday’s pool pump

Pool pumps run key functions such as cleaning, filtration, heating, and water features. Like any electronic product, some pool pumps may cost less up front—but lack the technology to make them more affordable to operate. Using a traditional single-speed pump will get the job done—but with a noisier motor, a shorter lifespan, and much higher electric bill.

Investing in a modern two-speed or multi-speed pump will yield significant savings over months and years of operation. The reason: In order to power daily functions, a single-speed pump typically needs to run six to eight hours a day—requiring the same high electrical load the entire time.

With a two- or multi-speed pump, the motor can operate at two or more speeds—drawing less electricity to perform certain functions, such as filtration. Although this kind of pump may need to be operated for more hours in the day—typically 12—it reserves higher speeds for more demanding needs, such as running the cleaner.

At lower, more efficient speeds, total energy use is slashed, saving up to 80% in costs. Because the pump runs more hours a day, filtration is also enhanced, and that means cleaner water. Two more bonuses are that the pump motor will run quieter and will last longer.

Next: Part 6 of 7 - Failing to invest in remote automation

Topics: Equipment/Technology