With spring fully underway, it is the perfect time to begin thinking about the right pool equipment upgrades necessary to get your pool ready for the summer swimming season. One particular piece of equipment that deserves attention this time of year is the pump, the very heart of a pool’s circulatory system. If your pool is still running on the pump that it came with 20 years ago, it might be time to consider an upgrade. There are a couple of pump options available on the market today, each with their own strengths and weaknesses and here is a bit more information to help you decide what system is right for your pool set-up.
Single Speed Pumps
This type of pump is a classic pool system feature. It pumps pool water at one consistent speed and is only capable of being turned on or off, regardless of its use. Single speed pumps are inexpensive, simple to repair, and offer good circulation due to their singular and typically high RPMs. Conversely, single speed pumps can be big energy spenders compared to more modern options due to their high constant running speeds. If you are using a pool pump upgrade as an opportunity to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home, it might be a good idea to consider other options.
Two Speed Pumps
A slight upgrade from the classic single speed, two speed pumps allow for two power settings, low and high, giving pool owners a couple of different options for use and energy efficiency. The low setting is best for regular day-to-day circulation and the high speed can be activated during periods of peak usage. While two speed pumps are more energy efficient on the low setting, they tend to be pricier right out of the box.
Variable Speed Pumps
If you want to go for the gold in pump upgrades though, there is no better option than a variable speed pump. Much like the two speed, variable speed pumps offer more than just a high/low setting and can be tuned in to the exact demands of your pool. They offer the most energy efficiency even at high RPMs. Variable speed pumps also last longer and pass on less wear and tear to other pool components, like filters, due to the fact that they can be set at optimal custom settings. Variable speed pumps are pricey but if you are looking for a pump upgrade that will result in long-term energy and equipment repair savings, they are the best way to go.
With the summer heat on its way, there are any number of pool upgrades that are deserving of your attention. Remember though that without a properly functioning pump, everything else in your system is basically dead in the water!