How to conserve energy and save money by choosing the right swimming pool pump
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Conserve Energy, Save Money with Swimming Pool Pump
Posted on December 8th, 2011 – by Sunplay in category Blog
A swimming pool pump’s job is to circulate swimming pool water in order to keep the water clean and heated. This is done by taking water from the surface of the pool which flows into filters that traps or skims floating objects, and directing it (or pumping it) through heaters (if installed) back to the pool at a lower level. The water moving at the bottom levels of the pool helps to move particles suspended in the water to the surface to eventually be filtered out. Heated water is also mixed evenly as it returns to the pool.
Choosing the right size pump for your pool is important and depends on many variables. The size of the pool, or volume of water to be circulated, is the main consideration for choosing a pump. If the pump is too small, it will not move enough water through the filtering system to keep the water clean. Another important consideration is the size of the piping that the water flows through. If the piping is too small to provide proper flow, the pump may overheat and wear out prematurely. Piping that is too big for the pump would result in slowing the flow through the filters which will be less efficient, and the result would be a dirtier pool. These considerations wouldn’t just have effects on the pool system, but could also effect a pool owner’s bill.
Sunplay offers a variety of swimming pool pumps that provide various flow capacities to help meet the needs of swimming pool owners for their pool. The amount of gallons of water that the pump must pull through the filtering system each hour will help determine the size of the pump needed. Pool owners will help save on their electric bill if they choose the right size pump for their pool. Positioning the pump closer to the water source that it is pumping will also help to reduce operating costs. A pool pump that is located in a pool house away from the swimming pool will have to use more energy to work as it pulls the water through the system.
Many companies are mindful of their consumers in this struggling economy, and are offering more energy efficient pool pumps. Sunplay cares about it’s customers as well, and offers energy efficient pool pumps for great prices. An energy efficient pool pump consumes up to 50% less energy than an older pool pump which could save a pool owner hundreds of dollars per year. The energy efficient pump systems also offer a quieter operating system and extended motor life. Also available are systems that are programmable which helps the pool owner have more control over setting pool tasks. Therefore, minimum flow requirements for the filtering, heating, and cleaning of the pools could help save even more money for the pool owner in the long run.
Another thing to consider when choosing a swimming pool pump is the feature of operating at variable speeds. Some pumps offer a low or high speed option, while other pumps offer variable speeds. Both pumps can offer the same horse power output, but one running on a set speed can end up using more energy than a pump operating at a variable speed because the variable speed pump can be controlled to run a little faster, or a little slower. Keep in mind that running a pump for 12 hours on low speed can circulate the same amount of water as running a pump for 4 hours on high speed.
Having a dirty filter housing could effect the pumps efficiency as well, so you’ll want to be sure and maintain that area.
Utility companies support energy efficient pool pumps by offering rebates to consumers who purchase them. It would be worth calling your local utility company to see if they have any rebates available for your area before purchasing your swimming pool pump.