WHAT IS A POOL PUMP?
A pool pump is a device that recirculates pool water through a filter to ensure the water in your pool stays clean. A pump typically circulates the entire volume of your pool once per day.
Pump speed types:
There are three basic speeds of pool pumps: single-speed, two-speed, and variable-speed. A single-speed pump has only one speed setting. It runs on “high” the entire time it is used. A two-speed pump has a “low” and a “high” setting. The high speed is used only for vacuuming or circulating heated water.
Both single-speed and two-speed pumps use old-fashioned induction motors, which are louder and less efficient than variable-speed pumps.
Variable-speed pumps use a permanent magnet motor — the same technology under the hood of most electric hybrid cars. Instead of being locked in to one of two pumping speeds, variable-speed pump technology finds the exact speed needed to optimize efficiency. Overall, a variable-speed pump is 30-90% more efficient than your existing single-speed or two-speed pump.
HOW MUCH MONEY DOES MY POOL PUMP USE?
It costs almost $3 every day to run a pump in a typical pool in the SMUD service area, and even more in the PG&E service area. If you have a two-speed pump, that cost is about $1.40 per day.
Over the course of a year, this can add up to big spending on electricity consumption.
A Variable Speed pump costs drastically less!
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I SAVE WITH A POOL PUMP UPGRADE?
Replacing a single-speed pool pump with a variable- speed pool pump can save you $2.56 per day, or up to $760 a year!