The cost of operating a pool doesn't have to be expensive! Well, if you are one of those pool owners with the traditional style single speed pool pump, it's costing you daily!
Apart from the energy saving, a variable speed ECO pool pump also lowers the flow rate. A lower flow rate takes the pressure off the pool plumbing and other equipment, increasing equipment life and further reducing maintenance costs.
The typical ECO pool pumps or have three speeds.
With some variable speed pumps their 3 speeds can be refined to have further energy saving ensuring the efficiency for any pool application.
As stated above, the benefit of a variable speed pool pump is that different pool cleaners may need more flow, the flow rate can be increased and fine-tuned to obtain the optimum flow and cleaning effect.
Where standard ECO Pumps have the 3 preset speeds, and some cleaners may need the medium or high setting to operate a suction cleaner, which totally defeats the purpose of installing an ECO pool pump.
Older style pool pumps have a fixed speed and flow rate and therefore a fixed running cost per hour/year, which adds up!
The average swimming pool pump will cost the pool owner around $1000+ per year in electricity to operate on a standard 8 hour per day cycle.
Variable speed ECO pool pumps can reduce the running costs considerably by as much as $800 per year!
Tip: One needs to understand that with an ECO pump, you must run it longer than your older fixed speed pump, as it is important to get the same volume or water filtered/turned over each day.
All variable speed pumps will start up at the highest speed setting for a short period to ensure the pump and pool equipment is in full prime then will drop back to the preset lower speed that you have chosen.
The only time you need to run on high, is when you need to manually vacuum the pool, or for backwashing the sand filter. Commonly the medium speed can be used if using a suction pool cleaner on the standard 3 speed ECO Pumps.
Low speed is where you make most of the power saving and should be used in most cases to enjoy maximum power savings, this can also be used in variable speed pumps as stated above, where you can further increase or decrease the preset low speed for optimum efficiency
Fact: Pool filters perform better at a lower flow rate over a longer period, the slower you can pass the water through a filter the clearer the water.
A select few Variable speed pool pumps can now be connected to a controller system via a data cable, allowing intelligent interface between the pump and chlorinator/chemical dosage systems which allow the system to control the pump flow and operational time so minimal run time and power is consumed, meaning greater savings again!
Fact: The power saving in one year will pay for the extra cost of any eco pool pumps installation over a standard replacement pump; and more!