Which Pool Pump Should I Use?

pool pump Owning a pool is one of the best investments you can make financially and for your family's entertainment. When choosing the equipment for your pool it is important to remember that the type of system you use matters, especially what pool pump you choose. There are a lot of options out there and it can be confusing.  It's always a good idea to consult your builder when making these decisions, as they may recommend a specific type of pump over another.  The first thing to ask yourself is whether or not you want to have a traditional, single-speed pump or would you prefer an eco-friendly variable speed pump.  We love variable speed pumps, because they give you much more control than the traditional ones do.  Here are few things you should know about traditional pool pumps versus variable speed pumps.

Traditional Pool Pump

First, traditional pool pumps' motor speeds are set and unchangeable. As the set speeds are typically higher than required on a daily basis, and you have no ability to change the speed, the pump ends up wasting energy, which in turn wastes money.  Also, traditional pumps do not shut off when a blockage occurs. This is a serious safety concern, as the blockage could be an adult or child. For these reasons, and others, variable speed pumps are the most cost-efficient and the safest.

Variable Speed Pool Pump

Variable speed pumps are easily the pump of the future.  As their name would imply, they are pumps that operate at changeable and differing speeds.  This allows you to use a lower speed during low-traffic winter months, and then change to a higher speed during high-traffic summer months or during inclement weather that may be depositing more debris than normal in your pool.  At Natural Stone Pools, we use the Pentair Intelliflo variable speed pool pumps on all of our projects. These Energy Star-rated pool pumps reduce energy costs by an average of $0.16 per kilowatt, potentially  cutting the pool portion of your utility bills by up to 90%!  Furthermore, they provide the safest possible pool environment for your family.  This revolutionary pump also features the Safety Vacuum Release System that senses drain blockage and automatically shuts the pump off to prevent against entrapments.  Long gone are the days when you could get "sucked into the drain"!

Time to Upgrade!

Now is a good time to replace your old pool pump with an energy-efficient variable speed pump. We are offering fantastic deals through the month of February! Contact us to learn more about how to make your pool more cost-efficient and safe!


Material for this blog was obtained with the help of Pentair Intelliflo brochures.