Do I need a variable speed pump?

“Do I need a variable speed pump?” is really not the correct question, especially since your current pump is likely working just fine. Instead you should be asking Does it make sense for me to upgrade to a variable speed pump? The answer may surprise you!

When considering Variable Speed Pumps (VSP), most people think in terms of energy efficiency and lower utility bills. With good reason, a VS pump can reduce energy usage by up to 90%. Add in available rebates, such as the $300 from the City of Austin and the cost of the VSP can be recouped in as little as one year. The extent of savings and payback is determined by cost of electricity, number of operating hours, pool size, and several other factors. Federal regulation going into effect in 2021 with regards to performance standards in pool specific pumps can currently only be met by variable speed pumps. While manufacturers will improve their single speed pump performance prior to the implementation of these regulations, the focus on variable speed pumps will likely intensify.

Another, and even better reason to consider upgrading may be a cleaner and clearer pool. Variable Speed Pumps offer the following advantages:

Improves Filtration
Regardless of filter type, performance improves when water moves through the filter more slowly, providing more opportunity for better particle removal
Turnover, the time required to filter the equivalent volume of the entire pool, is more effective with lower flow
Optimizes water features
With more water features, the water supply is split causing too low flow rate for proper operation. With a VSP, the speed/flow can be changed to allow water features to work as designed
Improves UV performance
As flow rate decreases by a factor of 2, performance increases by 100. For example, if a UV system which inactivates 99% of microorganisms at 50 gallons/min is operated at half the flow rate, it would inactivate 100 times that amount, 99.99%
Less noisy
Operating at lower speeds can decrease dB level 30% or more
Longer product life
Lower speed easier on units
Less heat generated, better for components

Winter Begins Pool Renovation Season

One of the more frequent question in our renovation department is regarding the best time to renovate a pool. The answer is usually “When you are not using it!” Although renovations are completed year round, putting your pool renovation off until after summer when there is limited or no usage is best.

In the past, the pool area was considered a separate space. However, more recently pools have become a key component of the “Outdoor Living” category of home ownership. Focusing on the backyard, homeowners want an oasis to retreat to as well as the ultimate entertaining space. When it comes to projects to improve the enjoyment of your pool, the list is endless. Here are a few things to consider this winter:

  • Enhance the pool with new or improved water and/or fire features such as copper pots, deck jets, sheer descent or rainfall waterfalls
  • Add a spa for relaxation
  • Resurface with Pebble Tec
  • Update the tile with a new style or an iridescent glass tile
  • Replace worn or discolored coping with a new natural stone or cast concrete product
  • Extend the pool with outdoor grilling/cooking spaces
  • Incorporate a conversation area with a fire pit or fire table

The limit to enhancing your pool is your imagination. Contact our Renovation Department via our website.

Take a look at a recent blog post on our website about all the different options - “ Do You Speak Pool ”

View some some recent project photos or watch a few time lapse videos.

Maintenance Time
A few things you should be doing
or at least considering this month!

General Maintenance:
Fall Leaf Drop

  • Skim leaves off the surface soon after they fall
  • Empty skimmer baskets at least once per week, more if necessary based on tree coverage

Equipment:
Heater Check-up

  • Make sure your heater is ready the first time you want to use your spa this Fall.

Freeze guard checkup/installation

  • This is a device connected to the pool equipment that automatically turns on pumps when temperatures reach a set level. This prevents the water in your pipes from freezing

Chemicals:
Chlorine

  • Begin reducing chlorine usage, total chlorine level can be lowered to 1ppm,as long as you don't see algae.

Cyanuric acid

  • During the summer, cyanuric acid (stabilizer) keeps chlorine from burning off in the sun.

Elevated levels can reduce chlorine effectiveness, therefore, use the Fall to dilute the pool water by periodically draining 3-4" and refilling.

Contact our service department to schedule a technician.

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