Variable Speed Pumps
There are three types of pool pumps available in the market today: single-speed, dual-speed, and variable speed pumps. Of the three, it’s the variable speed pump that is getting a lot of attention lately because it’s also earning a reputation as the most efficient of them all.
Also referred to as a multi-speed pump, a variable speed pool pump allows you to control the speed of its operation. While the entry-level single-speed pool pump runs at full horsepower when you turn it on, a variable speed pump can run on different speed levels depending on your programming. This type of pump is powered by a motor that’s different from the induction motors running both single and double-speed pool pumps. The variable speed pool pump motor is called a permanent magnet motor, and it’s regarded as more efficient than the usual induction motor.
Variable speed pool pump motor facts you need to know
- It’s more expensive – An above-ground, single speed pool pump costs around $150 to $200. Buying a multi-speed pool pump, on the other hand, can cost you somewhere between $800 to $1,500 on average.
- It costs less to operate – The upfront cost of a variable speed pool pump may be higher, but it makes up for it in energy savings. Variable speed pool pumps use less power, which translates to lower electricity bills and pool operating costs for you. It is believed that it takes only a couple of years for pool owners to recoup the purchase cost of their variable speed pool pump through their energy savings.
- They can run at lower speeds – Unlike single-speed pumps, variable speed pumps can run at lower speeds and still do its work effectively.
- Lower noise – The lower speed also means less noise. A variable speed pump can run as low as 600 revolutions per minute or RPM. Compare that to the 3,450 RPM of single-speed pumps, and you will see the difference in the resulting decibel levels.
- It’s in keeping with energy efficiency laws of most states – Some states enforce energy efficiency laws that specifically concern pool pumps and these statutes are often incorporated into existing building codes. If you live in a state that recommends dual-speed or variable speed pumps, then you might be liable for a fine if you have an inefficient single-speed pump for your pool. Check the energy efficiency laws of your state to make sure you’re in compliance with the law.
- It helps you qualify for rebates – Some power companies offer rebates for customers who use energy-efficient appliances, so if your bills reflect that, you might be up for one.
- Some models are programmable – If you go for models with built-in programming features, then you have in your hands an incredibly efficient piece of equipment. You can program the variable speed controller for the pool pump to switch speeds automatically, or to use just enough power to perform a specific task.
Variable speed pump installation in Arizona
If you’re interested in installing a variable speed pool pump and motor for your pool, just reach out to H2O Pool Service, and we’ll be more than happy to set one up for you. Proper installation is key to the efficient performance of your multi-speed swimming pool pump, and we assure you that our technician has the capability to put it up in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
H2O Pool Service is a family-owned pool service company helping out Arizona’s pool owners since 2009. Once you call us for the installation of a variable speed pool pump—or any other pool service for that matter—you can rest easy knowing that long-time pool specialists are taking care of your swimming pool needs.