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What you need to know about pool pumps

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In the ever-evolving world of pool technology, existing and soon to be pool owners navigate a sea of information, which include pumps. Understanding the differences is crucial for making an informed decision and If you are facing some questions here you’ll find what you need to know about pool pumps.

Regular Pumps

Traditional or regular pumps operate at a fixed speed, typically running at one constant level throughout their operation. While effective in circulating water, these pumps are known for their higher energy consumption. The consistent speed can lead to inefficiencies, especially when the pool requires less circulation, such as during off-peak hours. Regular pumps are reliable but may not be the most cost-effective or environmentally friendly option in the long run.

In this category we find booster pumps, generally used for boosting the water pressure in the pool’s plumbing system. They provide the extra pressure required for high-pressure side pool cleaners, the machine that moves across your swimming pool and cleans up the dirt, gunk, and debris. 

Variable Speed Pumps

These machines allow users to adjust the motor’s speed according to the pool’s specific needs. This flexibility means you can run the pump at a lower speed during times of lower demand, saving energy and reducing operational costs. Variable speed pumps also contribute to quieter pool environments, longer equipment lifespan, and a more sustainable approach to pool ownership.

Cost Savings and Environmental Impact

Variable speed pumps may have a higher upfront cost, but the energy savings over time can offset this initial investment. Additionally, the reduced energy consumption contributes to a smaller environmental footprint, making them an eco-friendly choice.

What about the size?

Selecting the right pump size is essential for optimal performance. Consider factors like your pool’s volume, the plumbing system, and the desired flow rate. A pump that’s too large or too small can affect water circulation and filtration efficiency. Usually the pool builder or contractor will find the right size for you.

Maintenance Requirements

Regular maintenance is key to ensuring your pool pump’s longevity, so be familiar with cleaning the strainer basket, inspecting for leaks, maintaining the filter in good shape and checking that the pumps are running smoothly.

Noise Levels

Those days where the pool equipment was noisy are mostly gone. Variable speed pumps are for the most part very quiet, providing a more enjoyable and peaceful pool environment.

If you’re unsure about the best pump for your pool, consider consulting with pool professionals. They can assess your pool’s specific needs, recommend an appropriate pump size, and provide valuable insights into the most suitable pump for your circumstances.

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