Pool Pump Information Guide

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Let’s dip our toes into the basics. 

What is a pool pump and what does it do?

The pool pump is the heart of your pool’s circulatory system. It pulls water from the pool and pushes it to other equipment to be heated, treated, and filtered, returning cleaner, healthier, and warmer pool water. When your pool pump isn’t operating at peak performance, it can have negative effects on the rest of your pool equipment and the water you deserve to enjoy.

Not all pumps are created equal: Single-Speed vs. Variable Speed Pool Pumps

There are two primary types of pool pumps: single speed pool pumps and variable speed pool pumps. Single speed pumps do just that: operate at one – single – speed. Whereas variable speed pool pumps allow a user to adjust the flow rate of the water through the system at, you guessed it - varying speeds. The ability to run a pump at different speeds is what makes this technology a game-changer. A pool owner can operate their pump for a longer period at lower speeds without racking up energy consumption and extra costs.

What is a variable speed pool pump and why you should choose it.

Most variable speed pool pumps have electronic controls that allow the pump to run at a speed set by the user. Typically, they have three to eight preprogrammed speeds for various tasks, like routine pool filtration or operating water features. Because of their advanced technology, these pool pumps help conserve energy use by running at the right speed, at the right time.

Gallon for gallon, pool pumps move water more efficiently at lower operating speeds in the same way that cars are more fuel efficient when driven at lower speeds. With variable speed technology, pool pumps working at lower speeds more consistently can even give pool owners like you up to 90% energy savings. That could mean cutting your energy bill by up to $1,500 per year! *

See how much you can save today with our Pool Pump Savings Calculator

Did You Know? Since 2005, Pentair’s ENERGY STAR certified variable speed pool pumps have helped U.S. consumers save $2.4 billion in operating costs, which amounts to 22 billion kilowatt hours of energy saved!**

Benefits of a Pentair Variable Speed Pool Pump

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Higher Performance

Consistent flow control for the highest energy saving and ultimate system performance.

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Energy & Cost Savings

Slow and steady wins the race. Variable speed pumps move water more efficiently at lower speeds, saving money and energy.

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Quieter

These pumps barely make a whisper. You’ll be speechless at how quiet they operate.

Buyer beware: Low horsepower = more hassles.

When researching variable speed pool pumps, you’ll want to be sure your pool pump’s power is perfect for your pool. (Whew, say that 10 times fast!). If you’re not moving enough water, it can lead to these common pool problems: 

  • Unsanitary pool
  • Poor water clarity
  • Pool requires more chlorine
  • Increased wear & tear
  • More frequent filter cleaning 
  • Shorter pool pump lifetime

Long live your pool pump! Maintenance tips. How to Maintain Your Pool Pump

  • Repair leaks and noisy bearings
  • Don’t use chemicals close to the motor
  • Do away with debris build up around the motor vents
  • Keep it safe from extreme weather and flooding or excessive spraying or splashing
  • Check the basket regularly of debris

* Savings based on variable speed pump compared to a single-speed pump running 12 hours per day at an average of $0.16 per kWh in a 20,000 gallon pool. Actual savings may vary based on local utility rates, pool size, pump run time, pump horsepower, pump rpm, plumbing size and length, pump model, service factor and other hydraulic factors. Individual Weighted Energy Factor (WEF) scores and savings may vary by model.

**Savings are based on a weighted average annual kWh savings from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) at $0.11 / kWh. Individual Weighted Energy Factor (WEF) scores and savings may vary by model.