Pumping Up Your Pool Maintenance Program

Summer is in full swing, and we’re here to go over some basic pool maintenance. But let’s make one thing clear: We’re not the authority on algae. And we probably won’t help you achieve your perfect pH balance. But we do know about saving energy and putting dollars back in your pocket with reduced energy bills. With that in mind, let’s talk about the advantages of a variable-speed (VS) pool pump, and a rebate to help cover the cost of your upgrade.

Pool Pump Basics

Before we get to why you should consider upgrading to a VS pump, let’s talk about what it does. While a pool pump is at the heart of your pool’s filtration system, it actually functions more like your pool’s liver.

Water flows through the pump to the filter, which then removes dirt, debris, and bacteria. After the water is filtered, it flows through the plumbing to the heater (if your pool is heated). The clean water then returns to the pool through the jets on its walls.

New Pool Pump Efficiency Standards

In 2021, the Department of Energy adopted new efficiency standards around pool pumps. Before you panic, the government isn’t coming after your old, outdated pool pump. But if your equipment should fail, the replacement pump will need to meet the DOE’s new requirements.

Advantages of a VS Pool Pump

As the name implies, a variable-speed pool pump allows you to precisely control your pump’s speed. While they come with a higher price tag than their simpler and less precise counterparts, variable-speed pumps come with a lot of benefits.

Save Energy
Operating a variable-speed pump at 50% of its maximum speed uses 85-90% less energy than traditional pumps. This translates into real savings. And, often, a VS pump will pay for itself in just a year.

Better Filtration
Not only is a VS pump more efficient, it also results in cleaner water. Think about it: When water passes through the filter at a lower speed, it’s going to catch more dirt and debris than when water is flowing through at a higher rate.

Consistent Chlorine Levels
There’s nothing better than jumping in the pool on a sunny summer day. But that same sun destroys chlorine. VS pumps with saltwater chlorinators run on a longer filtration cycle. This helps maintain the proper chlorine level, resulting in a sanitized pool.

Longer System Life
Cleaner water will be easier on the rest of your equipment. Because these pumps operate at a lower speed, they generate less head pressure. That’s not only easier on your pump, it’s better for the rest of your pool system, too.

So now you understand how a pool filter works and why a VS pump is superior to the pumps of the past. Are you ready to upgrade? Start by checking out our residential rebates page and filling out the application for the variable-speed pool pump rebate. Have more questions? Let’s talk.