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Is The Single Speed Pump Right For You?

You Could Choose a Single Speed Pump For Your Pool! Now, it may be true that you didn’t jump out of bed this morning panicking at the thought of how much your pool pump is costing you. ‘I need to upgrade my pool pump!’ probably wasn’t the first thought that crossed your mind. For most…

You Could Choose a Single Speed Pump For Your Pool!

Now, it may be true that you didn’t jump out of bed this morning panicking at the thought of how much your pool pump is costing you. ‘I need to upgrade my pool pump!’ probably wasn’t the first thought that crossed your mind. For most consumers that purchased a pool within the last 20 years, it’s probably the right time to reconsider the pump on your pool. New products have come along that can offer a dramatic cost savings on your yearly operation costs.

A Single Speed Pump Is Ideal For Smaller Sized Inground Pools & Above Ground Pools

For those who are uninitiated, the pool pump is what continues to circulate water through the pool filter, which keeps your pool water clear and clean. Naturally there are several kinds of pumps to consider. There are the single, dual, and variable speed pumps. Today, we are going to talk about the single speed pump.


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The single speed pump is a simple model that could suit your needs. The reason to buy a single speed pump is that it is inexpensive to purchase and easily repaired. Generally a single speed pump will last between 3-8 years. At that time you can choose to buy another single speed pump or upgrade to the dual or variable speed pumps.

The single speed pump is the convenient and the inexpensive option. If that is what you need then Jandy offers several great pumps that will run your pool efficiently.

There are three types of pumps to choose from, all based on their speeds. This is important because the speed of the pump directly impacts the amount of energy the pump uses – which, in turn, has a large effect on your electric bill.

  • Single Speed
  • Two Speed
  • Variable Speed

How To Pick The Right Size Pool Pump Motor

The most critical aspect of selecting a new pool pump is choosing the right size motor for the size of your pool. The most common mistake consumers make is buying a more powerful pump than they need – this can also be a costly error.

Pool Volume
12 x 24′ = 8000 – 12,000 gallons
16 x 32′ = 16,000 – 18,000 gallons
20 x 40′ = 26,000 – 30,000 gallons


Required Pool Turnover
12 x 24′ = 24,000 – 36,000 gallons every 24 hours
16 x 32′ = 48,000 – 54,000 gallons every 24 hours
20 x 40’= 78,000 – 90,000 gallons every 24 hours

If You Own A Larger Pool Consider Other Options Like Dual Speed & Variable Speed Pumps

Each pump speed offers something different regarding efficiency and capability. We have supplied the following information to help you make the best decision based on your needs and what is important to you!

Single Speed Pool Pumps

The most common type of pool pump is the single speed pump and as the name indicates, it operates at a single speed. The one speed pump has been the standard pool pumps for generations, delivering proven reliability and performance. Single Speed Pool Pumps are available in a range of sizes and performance (often in terms of horsepower) with most single speed pool pumps ranging from half horsepower all the way to 20 horsepower for commercial size swimming pools! These pool pumps are quite capable of handling most swimming pools however, they lack the cost-saving efficiencies of two speed or variable speed pumps. A single speed pool pump can be the single most largest energy consumption source outside your home, following after heating and air conditioning inside the house.

Two Speed Pool Pumps

Two speed pumps operate at either half speed or full speed, offering the distinct advantage of being able to operate at half speed means a big cost savings. This means that the pool pump doesn’t have to be run at full power all the time. The half speed option circulates water more slowly through your pool filtration system. Your water is still properly filtered but it also the pump to use far less energy, offering up to 75% savings in pump energy costs!

Variable Speed Pool Pumps

Variable speed pumps operate over a wide array of speeds and can be modulated to the specific speed needed for the consumers application such as basic circulation, heating, spa use, etc. A variable speed pump offers optimum energy efficiency with up to 90% energy cost savings (which translates to hundreds or even potentially thousands of dollars each year). This makes them the smartest and most efficient pump choice for consumers! In addition, these pool pumps also generate far less heat, which typically makes the internal components last longer, maximizing energy savings, pool efficiency, and the overall life of the pump!

As is the case with more modern and efficient products, a variable speed pump will cost more than it’s single speed and dual speed counterparts. However, the initial investment is often recouped in energy savings within the first two years of utilizing a variable speed pump. Not to mention, many communities and states offer utility rebates for upgrading your pool pump which can further offset the initial cost!

The energy efficiency that variable speed pumps offer is so great that the U.S. Department of Energy has introduced new minimum efficiency standards for residential swimming pool pumps which is estimated to come into effect by next year. Presently, this new performance standard is only met by variable-speed pumps!

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Author: Pool Markerter
Pool Marketer is an Internet Magazine with informative consumer information about swimming pools, pool life style, maintaining pools, pool features and pool equipment.