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A variable speed pool pump can reduce costs

Posted: May 29, 2009 9:11 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2009 9:10 p.m.

In addition to the typical pool repairs and installations, Pools by Ben now features the installation of variable speed pool pumps. These provide a number of benefits over single speed pumps. Most importantly, they save energy. Though the variable speed pumps run continuously, they move the water slower than single speed pumps, which run intermittently. Because of the physics involved, moving the water slower, all the time, is much more energy efficient than moving it faster, part time.

Ben Honadel (of Pools by Ben) compares this difference to running one 100 watt light bulb all the time or running 25 100 watt bulbs for eight hours a day.  

This can amount to a large savings on your electricity bill. “When we install a variable speed pump, the homeowner saves a ton of electricity,” Honadel said. “The average install saves $70 a month on electricity.

Moving the water slowly and continuously also filters your pool water more efficiently and is much easier on other pool equipment. Additionally, with the water moving all the time, there is less opportunity for dirt to settle on the pool bottom. Variable speed pumps are also much quieter than single speed pumps.

“You get a cleaner pool for less electricity,” Honadel said.

Of course, a variable speed pump doesn’t come cheap. Installed, the pump is $1,800 — but you do get a $300 rebate from Edison or the DWP, depending on where you live.

Additionally, Honadel said his company offers a payment plan. The pump and installation only costs you $300 up front (and you get the rebate) and you pay $19.95 per month until the full cost is paid off. “If you’re not happy for any reason we’ll take it out,” Honadel said. But he added that his company has never had to take one out.

Proving the benefits of variable speed pumps, Pools by Ben has seen a rapid increase in their installations. “We first installed one about three years ago. Now we’re putting in like 40 a month,” Honadel said.

“It’s like the difference between dial-up and cable on the Internet. It’s a huge leap in technology.”  



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