Time to “Pump up” Your Water Pump


PentairIntelliFloPump.jpgGoing green is the new way of life. Everyone is concerned about saving energy- this goes for pool owners as well. There are some cost-efficient and energy-efficient ways to run a swimming pool and there are some not-so-energy-efficient ways to do it.

There are two different kinds of pumps for your pool- fixed speed and variable speed. Today there is a strong shift towards eco-friendly pumps and these happen to be the variable speed pumps.


There are many benefits to variable speed pumps. The secret to having an energy efficient pump is to have one that uses less energy. Variable speed pumps do just that; they use slow pump speeds, therefore using less energy to power it. With variable speed pumps you can minimize the energy usage by up to 70 percent.

Not only does the slow pump speed save energy, it can also reduce the wear and tear on your pool’s filtration system. As the water is being more slowly circulated, it does not cause as much damage.

It has actually been shown that slower pump speeds achieve better results than a fixed speed pump. This is mainly because the water resistance is less.

An added benefit of variable speed pumps is their sound- or lack of sound. They are more quiet than fixed speed pumps (especially when on a lower setting), making the pool have an overall more relaxing atmosphere.

Variable Speed Pumps can use up to 70% less energy than pumps operating at a standard high flow rate speed. By setting your variable speed pump on the lowest setting, it could save you hundreds of dollars each year. The pump essentially pays for itself.

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Although variable-speed pumps tend to be the most cost and energy effective pool pumps, there are still options that fixed-speed pumps have which can help reduce their environmental impact.

To save energy and money with a fixed-speed pump is to include a pump timer to set your run times. Ask the Pool Guy recommends running your standard residential pool pump at least 10-12 hours a day. They are designed to be run 24/7 if you’d like the clearest swimming pool possible. You can reduce the number of hours the pump is run during cooler months.

*Some states offer generous rebates to those who purchase eco-friendly pool products. Be sure to check out your state government’s policy on pools and pool pumps.

For expert advice on the right pump for your needs, consult with your local service professional.