How to Save Money by Replacing Your Old Pump with a Variable-Speed Pump
Today, there are technologically advanced options that enable your pool to use far less energy and save you money, starting first by swapping out your old single-speed pump with a new highly efficient variable-speed pump.
If you don't know what kind of pump your pool is equipped with, there's a good chance it's a single speed pump. This kind of pump moves water through your system at a constant and steady rate.
Variable-speed pumps, as its name suggests, allows the user to adjust the speed at which it moves water so that energy isn't wasted during parts of the pump cycle that don't require much flow.
For example, it takes more energy to move water through the system during cleaning than during heating and simple circulation.
A single speed pump simply revs up the motor, pushing water and burning energy at the same rate throughout all of these tasks.
A variable speed pump, however, can slow its rate of energy consumption during the heating or circulating phase of the pool cycle. In total, these pumps run at up to eight different speeds, adjusting its energy usage to the pool's needs at different points in the cycle.
This adjustment adds up, to say the least. How big is the difference? Variable-speed pumps are known to cut energy use up to 90%. That's 90% less of your hard-earned money being needlessly sucked through the outdated system that may be running your pool now.
What's the catch? Of course, variable speed pumps cost more up front. But as in most aspects of life, you get what you pay for.
The energy savings that come with a variable-speed pump will more than make up the difference in price, as will the reduced cost of maintenance, since a pump that isn't constantly running at its top speed experience far less wear and tear. In fact, you may see a return on your investment in as little as 1-2 years when you upgrade from a single-speed pump to a variable-speed pump.
On top of all that, depending on location, governments and local utilities often offer rebates for installing variable speed pumps, just as they do for other energy-saving home improvements.
Not only that, but a variable speed pumps actually work significantly better.
Cleaner, clearer water will result from the use of a variable-speed pump because water is more thoroughly filtered when pushed through the filtration system more slowly, allowing the filter more time to remove impurities.
Single speed pumps, on the other hand, rush water through the filter at top speed, bringing it back into the pool only somewhat cleaner than when it went in.
Variable speed pumps can also be run for much longer, even for 24 hours per day, and still save thousands in energy costs. They also run much more quietly, allowing for overnight use without too much noise.
Variable-speed pumps are not the wave of the future; they are quickly becoming the wave of the present. Leave the single and two-speed pumps in the past, and start saving energy and money with new and better technology. You'll be glad you did.