Your pool pump is running 24/7. Water is leaping out of your pool, carried on the wings of evaporation. And to top it all off, the water is too cold/hot to even be considered remotely comfortable.
Pools sure are a drain, right? They don’t have to be!
We will focus on two specific aspects of a pool that can save you a boatload of money this coming week. What are these magical money-saving machinations? They’re as simple as a new pool pump and becoming knowledgeable in the different types of pool heaters. We’ll take a look at pool pumps today.
For the longest time pool pumps were viewed on a one-size-fits-all basis. Typically, pools were installed with a pump which could only run at one speed. This means that the pump was constantly running as your pool needs to be circulated. However, the pump would run at the same rate as if the pool were cleaning or you had a waterfall running. It takes far less energy to simply circulate pool water than it does to clean, resulting in massive amounts of lost energy.
But have no fear! Variable-speed pumps are here and are capable of saving you 75 to 90 percent of the energy otherwise used by a single-speed pump. Let’s take a look at the two different types.
- Two-speed pump – Two-speed pumps are much cheaper than the next pump style I’ll be talking about, however they still save large amounts of money and energy when compared to a single-speed pump. These pumps have one speed at which the pool is circulated and another more energy-intensive speed with which the pool can be cleaned.
- Multiple-speed (variable-speed) pump – Multiple-speed pumps are more expensive than their single-speed counterparts, however they offer the greatest degree of variability when determining what speed you should run your pump. Pools come in all sorts of sizes, so a multiple-speed pump can ensure that you’re using the smallest amount of energy. Remember: The slower you are able to move the water, the more energy you save.
Not only will a more efficient pool pump save you money, you could actually be paid if your local government offers rebates on energy efficient pool systems.
By: Wylee Wooldridge