Differences Between Pool Pump Options

Differences Between Pool Pump Options Every pool is different, varying in size, design, material build-up, and water system which means picking out the right pump specific to your pool is extremely important. There are 3 different kinds of pool pumps and each of them serve different purposes specific for certain pools. Whether you need a new pump because yours has stopped working, or you need a pump for a new pool, it is important to be knowledgeable in the differences between each. The three kinds of pool pumps are known as: single speed pumps, dual speed pumps, and variable speed pumps. Know the differences between pool pump options before you decipher which pump is best for your pool.

What is the Purpose of the Pool Pump?

The pool pump is used to circulate the water in the pool and helps to to eliminate bacteria and dirt from pool water. A pool pump that is working correctly should ensure that water is filtered through every 8 hours. The pool pump is the most important component to your pool, taking water from the pool via the skimmer or drains and pushing it through the filter before returning the water back to the pool in its cleaner form. If your pool pump is not working correctly, you run the risk of having serious pool damage. It is important to call your local pool technician to come out and assesss your pool pump if you think there may be an issues. Signs of a broken or worn out pool pump include:

Single Speed Pumps

This is the most commonly used pump and is considered the standard pool pump. It operates at one single speed but because they come in various sizes, the horsepower will vary. Single speed pool pumps can range from .5 horsepower all the way up to 20 horsepower. The size of the single speed pump that you need will be determined by the size of your pool. Single speed pool pumps have been tried and true for decades, the only downfall to their capabilities is that they lack in the energy saving department. While their functionality holds true, the amount of energy used to to operate the pump usually falls in line right after the amount of energy consumption required for your air conditioner.

Differences Between Pool Pump OptionsDual Speed Pumps

Dual speed pool pumps have 2 speeds, low and high. The purpose of dual speed pumps is to incorporate the normal operating speed, same as a single speed pump, while also allowing the pump to function at a lower speed. Deciding on a dual speed pump means that you won’t have to run your pump on full power all of the time, making it energy efficient and can save you nearly 75% on your overall energy cost each month. Some even argue that the reduced speeds allow water to be filtered more thoroughly as it passess through each filter component.

Variable Speed Pumps

Variable speed pool pumps are probably the most desirable out of the three pumps but it is the most expensive. Variable speed pumps use a different motor than both dual and single speed and has the ability to set the speed of flow to any rate, best fit for your specific pool. Variable speed pumps are much more efficient, quieter than other pool pumps, have a longer lifespan, and have digital control systems. Although they are more expensive, these are the pool pumps of the future and will save you money in the long run. Variable speed pool pumps require much less energy to operate and over time the money put into the purchase of the system, will pay off.

Know Which Pump is Best For Your Specific Pool

Before you make a decision on a pool pump you need to be able to answer all of the questions below. Once you can answer these questions, you’ll be able to decipher which pool pump is best fit for the size of your pool and the system you have installed or are getting installed.

  1. What horsepower do I need for the pool pump for the size of my pool?
  2. What kind of pump housing mount do I have?
  3. What style is your pool system in terms of pump motor voltage?
  4. How many gallons per minute does my pool pump need to to pump to sufficiently filter through water from the entire pool in 8 hours or less? (The ideal pump filters your entire pool in 8 hours).
  5. How long does it take for your pool skimmer to reach the pump?

Differences Between Pool Pump Options

Now that you know the differences between pool pump options, it is time to call your local pool company to help you figure out just which pump is best for your specific pool. If you have any questions, or are looking for a pool repair company, in the Phoenix area, to come out and assesss your current pool pump to ensure it is functioning properly, call Bright and Clear today!


published on Thursday, November 29th, 2018