Did you know that variable speed pool pumps can save you money over the long run? These trending swimming pool additions provide a superior option as opposed to old school heat pumps. Ushered in along with the new Millennium, variable speed heat pumps are continuing to grow in popularity among pool owners — and for good reasons. Far from a passing fad, these money-saving, practical innovations promise to revolutionize swimming pool operations. How? Well, we’re about to inform you.
Overview of Basic Pool Pump Functions
Variable speed pool pumps offer the same basic function as traditional pool pumps, only with a variety of speed options. While traditional pumps operate at the same speed all the time, variable speed pumps offer options. Essentially, any pool pump works by pulling water from the skimmer and main drains of your swimming pool. As the water passes through the strainer basket of the pump, it gets pumped into your filter system and your pool’s heater before returning to your pool.
The process continually circulates your pool’s water, keeping it clean and warm. A variable speed pool pump does the same thing, only the speed at which it performs its function can be adjusted; in other words, you can control the amount of electricity it uses as it does its job. In fact, maybe “adjustable power pool pump” would be a more appropriate name, but that’s beside the point.
Benefit 1: Variable Speed Pumps Are Quieter
Because they’re constantly operating at full power, regular pool pumps can be extremely loud. By contrast, variable speed pool pumps can operate at slower speeds, greatly reducing the noise level. Even if you want the pump running at a higher speed when your pool is in use, it’s nice to be able to turn it down once it’s time to go to bed — especially if your bedroom window happens to be above your pool pump.
Benefit 2: Variable Speed Pumps Are Greener
Water conservation is important to all of us, but if you live in a state where water usage is prone to restrictions due to droughts, water conservation becomes even more significant. Of the many ways to help conserve water, running your pool pump at full speed is definitely not it. Of course, if your only other option was to stop running your pool pump, you’ll end up with filthy water; if you have a standard pool pump that runs at only one speed, though, that’s really your only other option.
A variable speed pool pump allows you to adjust water usage by operating the pump at a slower speed. This benefit will be especially significant if you have to respond to water conservation mandates, but it’s significant for anyone who cares about the environment and wants to use natural resources responsibly.
To learn about the economic savings tied to variable speed pool pumps, continue reading with Part 2.
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