Pool Pumps are the heart of your pool equipment. If your pump isn’t running, nothing else is either. The pump pulls water from your pool and pushes it through the equipment back to your pool. Pumps are sized by the amount of water you have in your pool and the amount of water features you need to supply (slides, fountains, waterfalls, etc.) And, the good news? Each Penguin Pool package comes with a pump included, sized to meet the needs of your swimming pool.
The Bigger is Better Swimming Pool Pump Mentality
For years people have been putting in oversized pumps because “bigger is better”. On the surface, that would seem to make sense. Unfortunately, the “bigger is better” pump mentality is 100% wrong! If you’re using a pump that is too powerful for the size of your pool, you’re wasting valuable energy dollars and creating inefficiencies that can cause bigger problems in the long run. Penguin Pools sizes the pump that you need and rather than doing a one size fits all mentality.
Pentair VS-3050 – Variable Speed Pump
Traditional pumps run at one, maybe two speeds, but you aren’t able to control what speed that is or the amount of water being moved. Pentair’s VS pumps allow you to set the speed of the pump to allow for the amount of water you need to move for that application. Why move 80 gallons a minute when your fountains need 30 gallons, or your slide needs 20 gpm? This pump utilizes the simple fundamental law of pumps:
Slower moving pumps consume less power!
By running your pump longer at a slower speed you will:
- Use less electricity
- Have cleaner water
- More balanced chemicals
- More evenly balanced water temperature
Pentair’s permanent magnet motor (same as in Hybrid Cars) has many additional features that are result of being a better pool pump. The pump is the quietest pump on the market and at low speeds you might not even know it is on. Since the magnet motor produces less heat and vibration, it creates less wear on the pump components and other pool equipment . . . that means longer life and greater returns on your investment.
Pentair WhisperFlo – Single Speed Pump
This Traditional 1-Speed pump is what Penguin Pools recommends for each of our inground swimming pools for those who don’t want a variable speed pump. The WhisperFlo pump from Pentair is a high-flow, energy-efficient swimming pool pump that delivers High Performance.
40% glass-filled thermoplastic with the Cam & Ramp “see thru” lid design. Self-priming, high flow with patented Funnel-Flo diffusers. 2 in. suction and discharge ports. Motor features threaded shaft and durable commercial duty 56 frame motor with NEMA square flange.
½ hp – $525
¾ hp – $619; Best used in a swimming pool with < 20,000 gallons of water 1 hp - $629; Best used in a swimming pool with 20,000 – 26,000 gallons of water 1½ hp - $679; Best used in a swimming pool with 26,000+ gallons of water or smaller pools with water features 2 hp - $769 [/toggle_content]