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Pool Pumps: The Core Circulation System of Your Swimming Pool

August 21, 2015

Healthy water is a hugely important part of the swimming pool experience. It's not as if the water stays sparkling clear all by itself. Stand on the edge of the pool one late summer evening and you'll understand what we're talking about. Just below the liquid rippling of water, there it is, a low hum of circulating water. The core component in this circulating system is the one that impels water to cycle through filters and drainage channels. The swimming pool pump is an energy-efficient prime mover a combination electric motor/mechanical pump that drives water through pool plumbing and a filtration system so that swimmers are always surrounded by fresh, clear water.

In selecting the swimming pool pump, the capacity of the pool is a primary consideration, not surprisingly. After all, the motor has to provide enough rotating muscle to move large volumes of pool water through the pipes that are sunk into the pool concrete. If the right pump for the job is installed, then all is well. That reassuring hum continues uninterrupted and maintenance checks are rare events. It's recommended that the circulation system be set so that the entire volume of the pool is replaced over a 6 to 8 hour period, though this figure will, of course, vary depending on the amount of swimmers in the pool. Other optional components in this circulatory system include a chemical treatment attachment, chlorinators, and advanced filtration add-ons.

We've taken a cursory look at the circulatory system of the swimming pool, and this term will help establish the role of the pool pump. A swimming pool pump can be viewed as the heart in this operational model. As such, the drive mechanism or impeller are regarded as the heart valves of the system. While it's true that an eco-friendly electrical motor is important, it's the pump that's the true decider. Variable speed pumps are popular in this setting, as are their single speed cousins. But please remember, an inefficient swimming pool pump can drag energy consumption skyward. In fact, some substandard models have been known to consume three times more electricity than the family refrigerator. Silent variable speed models react to every change in the pool with a fluency that reinforces today's energy conservation needs, so keep these models in mind when planning a green pool.

Other factors to consider in the swimming pool market are pumps that are either submersible or above ground. Surface models prevail today because of maintenance needs, but submerged models can still be found. Finally, thankfully, swimming pool pumps are two stage beasts of watery burden. It's the motor that often goes out of service, and these parts can be found quite easily in spares catalogues. When the pump does stop, this is typically due to an impeller clog, but it may be time to call out the experts if the problem persists.

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