Make the Switch: Why a Variable Speed Pump is the Best Choice for Your Pool

Kevin Pflug

Keeping your pool clean and well-maintained can be a pretty significant expense. One of the most significant contributors to this expense is your pool pump…but unfortunately, it’s a must-have since it’s essential for circulating water and maintaining proper filtration.

If you’re still relying on outdated, single speed pumps…you aren’t doing yourself any favors.

These inefficient pumps are very costly to run, and in this post, we’ll discuss why upgrading to a variable speed pump is a smart decision.

We’ll cover all the benefits of making the switch, including vast energy savings and improved performance.

So, whether you’re in the market for a new pool pump or just curious about the advantages of a variable speed pump, keep reading to learn more!

Single Speed vs. Variable Speed Pool Pumps in a Nutshell

Single speed pumps operate at a fixed speed and can only run at one speed setting, typically the highest.

This means they use a lot of energy, resulting in high utility bills.

Variable speed pumps, on the other hand, allow you to adjust the speed of the motor to match your pool’s specific needs.

single speed vs variable speed pool pump

This flexibility means they use significantly less energy, which results in far lower operating costs and a much longer lifespan.

In addition, variable speed pumps are also much quieter.

So if you value saving money and getting some peace and quiet, you’ll definitely be interested in making the upgrade.

A More In-Depth Look at the Benefits of a Variable Speed Pump

  1. Energy efficiency and cost savings – According to the Department of Energy, variable speed pumps can save up to 90% on energy costs compared to single speed pumps. For example, let’s say a pool requires eight hours of circulation per day… a single speed pump may cost around $1,200 per year in energy bills, while a variable speed pump may only cost around $250 per year. Over time, these savings can add up significantly, and the variable speed pump pays for itself in just as few years!
  2. Reduced noise and vibration – Variable speed pumps are designed to operate more quietly and with less vibration than single speed pumps. Variable speed pumps have a sound rating of less than 50 decibels, which is about the same as a normal conversation. This is much quieter than a single speed pump, which can have a sound rating of up to 80 decibels, which is about as loud as a garbage disposal.
  3. Longer lifespan – Because variable speed pumps operate at lower speeds than single speed pumps, they experience less wear and tear, resulting in a longer lifespan. Since variable speed pumps require less energy, they generate less heat, which can also contribute to a longer lifespan.
  4. Improved filtration and water quality – Variable speed pumps can provide more consistent and efficient filtration than single speed pumps. Since they will be running more often, they will circulate the water more (the more times the total volume of water in the pool circulates through the system, the better!). This means your pool will be cleaner and healthier, with fewer contaminants and a more balanced pH level, which can also help reduce maintenance costs over time.

Additional Considerations

  • Upfront cost – Variable speed pumps are generally more expensive upfront than single speed pumps. However, as we’ve discussed, the energy and cost savings over time makes them a more cost-effective option in the long run…they simply pay for themselves in energy savings.
  • Installation – Variable speed pumps may require a more complex installation process than single speed pumps, which can add to the upfront cost. It’s important to work with a qualified pool professional like us who can ensure that the pump is installed correctly and safely (and programmed properly).
  • Maintenance – While variable speed pumps require less maintenance than single speed pumps, they still require regular upkeep to ensure optimal performance. This may include cleaning the pump basket and impeller, checking the motor bearings, and replacing the motor shaft seal when necessary.
  • Compatibility – Not all pool equipment is compatible with variable speed pumps, so it’s important to ensure your current equipment is compatible before making the switch. We here at Romanelli & Son Pool Service can help you determine if any additional upgrades or modifications are necessary.
  • Noise – While variable speed pumps are quieter than single speed pumps, they can still produce some noise. If you’re concerned about noise levels, look for a model that is specifically designed for quiet operation. We have several that we can recommend for you.

Final Thoughts

That about wraps it up!

By making the switch to a variable speed pump, you’ll enjoy a more efficient and cost-effective pool experience.

Be on the lookout for our next post, where we’ll guide you through our top recommended variable speed pumps for 2023.

If you’re interested in upgrading or have any questions about pool maintenance and equipment, don’t hesitate to contact us at Romanelli & Son Pool Service.

Our team of qualified pool professionals is here to help you make the most of your pool and ensure that it’s always operating at its best.

Call us today to learn more!

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Kevin Pflug
Kevin joined Romanelli & Son Pool Service in 2021 and hasn't looked back since! He enjoys eating his wife's delicious homemade meals and bowling with his family.

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