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Eco swimming pool pumps need to be run longer, so do they really save?

do eco pool pumps save you money?

The Future of Variable Speed Pumps: Energy Efficiency and Cost Saving

Variable speed pumps are paving the way for a more energy-efficient future, particularly as electricity companies aim to reduce carbon emissions. Traditional pool pumps come with high electricity costs, averaging around $1100.00 per year for pool owners. However, eco pumps can significantly decrease these expenses, typically bringing them down to approximately $200.00 per year—a substantial difference.

  1. Benefits of Eco Pumps: Eco pumps are equipped with three speeds—High, Medium, and Low—providing flexibility to cater to individual pool owners' needs. This adaptability is particularly useful when the pump is installed far from the pool or when a specific pool cleaner requires additional flow. By slightly adjusting the speed, pool owners can compensate for these variations effectively.

  2. Energy Efficiency of Eco Pumps: Unlike fixed speed pumps, which maintain a constant flow rate and running cost per hour, eco pumps offer the advantage of adjusting flow simply by changing the speed. Lowering the speed leads to reduced flow and operating costs. The energy savings achieved through eco pumps can be significant due to the Pump Affinity Laws, as follows:

  • Change in speed equals a change in flow.
  • Change in speed equals a change in head-loss squared.
  • Change in speed equals a change in power usage cubed.

By halving the speed (mid speed), the flow is halved, head loss is reduced to a quarter, and power usage decreases to only 1/8. Running the pump twice as long while maintaining the same amount of water filtered each day can save up to 75% of electricity consumption. Further reducing the speed to a third (low speed) lowers power usage to 1/27. Running it three times longer while using only 1/9 of the power ensures maximum power savings.

  1. Long-Term Cost Benefits: The cost savings achieved with an eco pump can be substantial. In just one year, the amount of electricity saved can cover the cost of the pump itself. However, it's crucial for pool owners to understand that eco pumps require longer running times compared to older fixed speed pumps to ensure the same volume of water is adequately filtered each day.

  2. Compatibility with Existing Filters: Transitioning to an eco pump does not necessitate changing the filter. Traditional fixed speed pumps, running at approximately 2800rpm, can put significant stress on pool equipment. Interestingly, filters perform more efficiently at lower flow rates over an extended period. Therefore, an eco pump not only saves energy but also enhances the filtration process without requiring a filter replacement.

Conclusion: Eco pumps are undoubtedly the future of energy-efficient pool systems. At Direct Pool Supplies, we offer a wide range of leading eco pump brands to meet your specific needs. Contact us via phone or email, and our experts will guide you in selecting the perfect eco pump. Many eco pumps can even be retrofitted to your existing pump, while some may require minor plumbing adjustments. Upgrade to an eco pump today and unlock the advantages of reduced energy consumption, cost savings, and a greener future for your swimming pool.

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