Which would you choose when buying a new pump? A single speed pump that costs $500 and costs $100 per month to operate or a variable speed, energy efficient pump that costs $1500 and costs a few hundred dollars per year to operate? They both cost about the same the first year, but after the first year, the variable speed, energy efficient pump will really show a cost savings in your electric bill.
Energy savings is only one aspect of the advantages of switching to a variable speed pump. With a single speed, your pump runs at full horsepower regardless of whether your pool needs it or not. Pumps don’t need to run at full power all the time to keep your pool water clean. In fact, when you’re filtering your water, your pump can run at a much lower speed than when it’s doing more demanding jobs, such as running a water feature.
With a programmable pump, you can dial-in when you want it to run and exactly the speed your pool requires. When combined with automation, your pump can be easily programmed from your cell phone, computer or tablet should you wish to increase or decrease your RPM.
Several states have energy efficiency laws regarding pool pumps. These laws are typically created as part of larger energy-efficiency laws, but they’re also part of the building codes that can be enforced and result in fines if violated.
Pumps like the Pentair Intellipro VS also offer an extended three year warranty (residential pools only). They are better built and achieve up to an 83% energy savings. Of course there are several factors that can affect your actual savings, like how many hours per day you run your pool pump, including the pump’s horsepower, pool usage, water balance, and the region you live in.
If you are interested in more information or upgrading to a multi-speed or variable speed pump, please give Price-Rite Pool & Spa Service a call and we can help you determine if an energy efficient pump is right for you.