3 Features to Look for When Buying a New Pump for a Residential Pool

1 March 2021
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Are you in the market for a new pool pump? A high-quality and reliable pump ensures proper circulation of pool water for filtration and sanitisation. An inefficient or worn pump can affect water flow and reduce filtration, leading to the growth of algae in your pool. Thus, it's imperative to replace an old or worn pump before it stalls pool operations. As you shop around for a new one, here are three features to look for.

Appropriate pump size

Pump size refers to the gallons of water the pump can filter per minute. An ideal pump should filter your pool water in 8 to 10 hours. Thus, to find the right pump, divide the gallons of water the pool holds by 8 or 10. The result is the amount of water your pump can filter in one hour. Divide this figure by 60 minutes to get the gallons per minute (GPM). This is the right size for your pump.

For example, if your pool holds 24,000 gallons of water, you need a 50 GPM pump to filter water in eight hours. A 40 GPM pump can filter the pool water in 10 hours too. If you're having a hard time determining the ideal pump size, find out the gallons of water your pool holds. Your dealer will help you calculate the right GPM for your new pump.

Variable speed technology

The variable speed technology is widely used in the manufacture of pump motors. Unlike traditional single-speed motors, variable-speed motors can run at multiple speeds. Most have three or four speed settings. A variable-speed pool pump offers lots of benefits. When you're not using the pool, you can set the pump to low speed for slow filtration and sanitisation. This translates into reduced energy consumption.

When the pool is in use, you can set the pump to medium or high depending on how fast you need water to circulate through the system. Besides saving energy, variable speed pumps are also quiet overall. Since the pump isn't always running on high, it doesn't produce a lot of noise. Also, most modern pumps have a motor housing that muffles the motor and eliminates the noise it makes.

Smart features

Modern pool pumps have smart features that allow users to program equipment and monitor operations. Instead of operating the pump manually, you can switch it on and off from your smartphone or control pad. You can even program the pump to run at specific times. Pool pump automation allows you to integrate useful safety devices such as motion sensor pool alarms and water leak sensors. Automation features also enable you to monitor water and chemical levels.

Consider the above features when shopping for a new pool pump, such as a Davey pump. For professional assistance, consult a contractor.