Variable speed pool pumps have become the energy and cost saving alternative to fixed speed pumps. Before pool pumps had variable speeds, they were always operating at a steady rate, whether it was necessary or not. Pool owners were consistently spending over a thousand dollars a year just to run the pump. Not to mention, the constant and unnecessary pressure shortened the life span of an owner's pool equipment.
Nowadays, many residential and commercial pools use variable speed pumps, and they are reaping the benefits. The only drawback, however, is the initial cost. A quality VS pool pump can run anywhere from $ 800 to $ 1300 or more depending on what you need. But by using the pump, prolonging the life of your equipment, and cutting your running costs by more than half, a variable speed pump will pay for itself rather quickly.
There have been numerous tests regarding how much one can save by switching to this type of pump. You can find out by testing the kwh usage per hour of your current pump, and comparing it to that of the pump you are looking to buy. The VS pump will have settings that can be changed manually, allowing the energy consumption to be reduced through the year.
Pentair, Hayward, and Jandy are three of the most reputable variable speed heaters and pumps manufacturers in the industry. They consistently provide quality products, as well as a good reputation for quality customer service. While I prefer Pentair because of how quiet and efficient the pumps are, Hayward and Jandy yield great results while being competitively priced.
If you're looking to save money without spending too much, buy a used pump. You can usually find one on eBay, Amazon, and sometimes even Craigslist. While you probably will not have the benefit of a warranty or guarantee, you will have a good pump at a great price. In addition to that, pumps are easy to maintain and / or repair.
Another good thing about buying used pool products is that you can usually get extras. For instance, I know someone selling a pump who is throwing in a DE filter with filter grids for free. Another pool owner is throwing in his ladder and some chemicals he had left over.
Your pump will take care of your pool for a long time. But problems may occur. You may have air bubbles, low pressure, priming problems etc …
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