Congratulations on choosing a variable speed pool pump over a single speed pump. Single speed pool pumps have been outlawed in several states and Arizona will follow in 2014 (for good reason too!). Variable speed pool pumps are proven to use 80% less energy, are quieter, last longer and leave you with a cleaner pool than its single speed counter part.
Variable speed pool pumps slow down the RPMs of the pump motor to have you hundreds of dollars a year, it's comparable to driving a Pruis versus a dragster to the grocery store. The magnetic drive is super quite and your pool is actually left cleaner because the water spends more time overall circulating and passing over the pool filter.
To fully realize the potential of your variable speed pool pump you will want it properly calibrated. A variable speed pool pump left uncalibrated can end up costing you money if left unchecked.
Their are several items that go into a pool pump calibration including:
1. Pool volume
2. Type of filter and cleaning system
3. Static pressure of the suction and discharge lines
4. Hours of operation
5. Amperage and watts used of the variable speed pool pump
Both APS and SRP follow the National Sanitation Organization guidelines for pool pumps, stating that for a clean pool, the pump needs to turn the pool over completely once a day. If the pump turns your pool over more than once per day on a regular basis, that is overkill and wasting energy. If we have a dust storm, of course you should run the pump more, but certainly not everyday. Unfortunately, a variable speed pool pump calibration cannot be completed without suction, vacuum gauges, and a watt meter, but homeowners can make some headway by following these guidelines.
Use the following as reference starting points:
• 1200 RPMs is the base starting point for filtration for Pentair pumps. Produces 30-42 gallons per minute
• 1400 RPM is the base starting point for filtration for Hayward and Jandy pumps. Produces 40-45 gallons per minute
• 1800 RPM is the base starting point for suction-side cleaners for all three variable speed pumps. Produces 65-80 gallons per minute
• 2600 RPM is the is the base starting point for in-floor cleaning systems for all three variable speed pumps. Produces 70-85 gallons per minute
The Department of Energy also publishes a good resource for more information at the link below.
You can also download the IntelliFlo pump curve below.
Here is the Hayward variable speed pool pump curve.
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