Do you know that your pool pump is like the heart of your swimming pool’s filtration system? It circulates water to remove algae, debris, and other particles from the pool through the filter system. Your pool pump also disperses pool chemicals evenly as it brings water back.
A clean and healthy pool environment lies in good water circulation. The absence of algae or bacteria growth, contaminants, and clarity issues makes your pool water safe for swimmers. Running your pool pump efficiently at least once daily keeps water in good circulation.
What does pool water circulation mean?
A good circulation and filtration system means less use of chemicals to avoid impurities in the pool. Swimmers can enjoy a sanitized pool with no allergic reactions and less chemical odor. Running your pump means keeping it in good condition. It avoids pool problems that result in expensive repairs or replacements.
What are the efficient ways of running your pool pump?
Cherry Pool Services, your pool specialist, collated efficient practices in running your pump. Learn efficient ways to keep your pool pump in tip-top shape for decades.
Use the right-size pool pump.
Did you know that pool pumps rank second to air conditioners in kilowatt consumption? Larger pumps consume higher electricity and maintenance costs compared with smaller pumps. But it does not mean smaller pumps are less efficient.
Consult your pool specialist about the right size of pump for your needs. He will most likely match the hydraulic characteristics of the pump to the piping and flow characteristics of the pool. It may sound highly technical, but small pumps with 0.75 horsepower are sufficient for residential use.
Also, use an Energy Star-certified pool pump to save as much as $300 in energy costs.
Set your pool pump to run at a lower-speed
You should set your pool pump at a lower speed to maximize pump performance and stay energy efficient. If the size of the pump matters in energy consumption, so does low-speed in running your pool pump.
Here are six benefits of running your pool pump at a lower speed:
1. Save money on electricity.
Running your pump at a lower speed means less kilowatt consumption and energy savings! For example, you could set it twice as long as you would at a high speed and save energy.
2. Reduced the noise level.
Reducing the speed will not wake your neighbors if you run the pump at night. Running your variable speed pump low-speed is quiet.
3. Better pool filtration.
Running your pump at high speed makes the filtration system less effective. The filter works efficiently at low-speed for long hours. A low-speed pump could preserve the life of the filter.
4. Extend the lifespan of your pump.
Pool owners want a good return on their investment. Running your pump at a lower speed extends the life of your equipment, thus spreading the cost over the life of the equipment. A low-speed pump also reduces wear and tear of other equipment like filters, heaters, and chlorinators.
5. Avoid the buildup of algae and other particles.
You can afford to run your pump at a lower speed for longer hours. It means algae and bacteria can’t stagnate in your pool for hours.
6. Cleaner water.
Running it at a lower speed helps disperse chemicals evenly as water reverts to the pool. It ensures safe water to swim at all times!
Set the time on your pool pump’s screen to control the pumping cycle!
How long should you run your pump every day? How often should you run your pump to stay energy efficient and maintain quality pool water? It would be great to run your pump 24/7, but the cost of electricity sucks big time!
A typical pool gets fully circulated twice daily. The time for each cycle depends on how long you want to run your pump. You can set a schedule on your pump’s screen to control pump cycling.
- Schedule low-speed pumping
Running it at a lower speed for about 18 to 22 hours daily saves energy. You may set it between 1500 RPM to 2000 RPM. The low-speed pool pump is ideal for efficient water filtration.
- Schedule high-speed pumping
Running a pump at high speed for about 2 to 4 hours daily clears out bubbles in the pump formed during a low RPM. You may set it between 2100 to 2600 RPM.
When is the best time to run your pool pump?
The answer is when you need to. For example, you want to clear algae and other particles in the pool. Your pool pump must run for a longer time to disperse chemicals. If it is indoors and doesn’t require heavy maintenance, you may run your it for a shorter time. It all depends on the circumstances and your pool needs.
Contact our pool specialist for a free consultation!
If you require pool services and maintenance, our pool specialists from Cherry Pool Services in San Diego are here to help.
Our pool services include construction, installation, repairs, and maintenance. We customize services to fit your pool needs and budget. Call Glenn Cherry at (858)999-1004 for a free consultation! Your safety is our priority.