The pump pulls water from the pool and pushes it to other equipment to be heated, treated, and filtered, returning cleaner, healthier, and warmer pool water. The pool pump is the heart of your pool’s circulatory system. When your pool pump isn’t operating at peak performance, it can have negative effects on the rest of your pool equipment and its water. If you are considering building a pool, or have an older pool, its pump should be a top priority. Let’s take a closer look at how pool pumps operate, the different versions, and how they can help the efficiency and health of your pool.


Your pool pump is comprised of four different parts that are engineered to circulate, clean, and possibly warm the water in your pool. The four parts of a pool pump are the drive, motor, housing, and impeller.

  • Pool Pump Drive – For variable speed pool pumps, the drive makes different speeds possible. This component also allows for other settings like scheduling.
  • Pool Pump Motor – The motor’s sole purpose is to spin the impeller. It is attached to the back of the pump’s housing.
  • Pool Pump Housing – The housing of the pool pump holds the strainer basket of the pump and features a clear lid for easy inspection. Debris is captured in this basket keeping out of the pool and the impeller. It should be check and cleared regularly.
  • Pool Pump Impeller – The impeller is comprised of vanes that move at high speeds and pull the water from the inlets in the pool, and return it through the pool’s outlets

Your monthly energy bill can be large expense, especially in the summer in south Louisiana. Between your air conditioner running constantly, and your pool in full swing, having an energy-efficient pool pump can eventually pay for itself. Typically pool pump’s can be the second most consuming appliance for your home, accounting for 13% of its energy usage, only behind the HVAC system. It is important have an appropriately sized pump for the size of your pool, set the proper flow rate, and if available, opt for a variable rate pump as opposed to a single speed pump.

Single speed pumps operate at one speed, all the time. Sometimes your pool may need a higher speed if it’s been a busy time in the pool, or it can run at a slower rate to save energy if the pool hasn’t been used. A single speed pump does not provide this ability.

A variable speed pump can be set to run at different speeds at different times. Having the ability to turn the water over in the pool quickly is one benefit, but the real savings occur when you can run the pump at a slower speed for a longer time in order to clean your pool, making it more efficient.

If you are building a pool or need to replace the pump of your existing pool, a variable speed pump is the way to go. These pool pumps conserve energy and typically have several pre-programmed speed settings. Lower speeds move the water more efficiently. This option alone can lower your energy bill by up to 90%. Variable speed pool pumps offer higher performance, increased energy and cost savings, and run more quietly.

Choosing a pool pump has three key considerations. The pump should be able to handle the size of your pool in order to maintain clean water. Too small is just as bad as too big. A smaller pump won’t be able to keep up with the pool, and a pump that is too big will be wasting energy. If your pool has other features like a heater, you will need to select a pump that can support these additional tools.

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