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Choosing the Best Pool Pump: Types & Features

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In places like Sacramento, a swimming pool is a great place to relax outdoors on a hot day. One of the most important equipment parts of a swimming pool is the pump. The pump moves the water from the pool to the filter for cleaning, ensuring that you and your family have the cleanest water for swimming and relaxing. There are several different types of pumps currently on the market, which can make choosing the one that meets your needs a bit difficult. It is advisable to do research on all of your options, and perhaps consult a pool pump specialist, before you make your decision.

Self-Priming Pumps

Self-priming pumps have lint and hair strainers that also serve as reservoirs to optimize the pump. Although normally used for in-ground pools, they can also be installed for use in above-ground pools. The strainers can get clogged and dirty with time, so they have to be cleaned regularly in order to get the best use out of them.

These pumps use buoyancy and compression to remove air from the system automatically, which means you don’t have to manually remove the air or worry about a complex series of valves. This keeps the system simple and easy to use.

Flooded Suction Pumps

Flooded suction pumps are very similar to submersible pool pumps in that they must be installed in the water itself. They are constantly filled with water and provide an immediate water supply. They are often installed as mechanisms to prevent flooding from large swimming pools.

Booster Pumps

Some pool cleaning systems require more water pressure to function, particularly if you are using a large cleaning device. Since self-priming pumps cannot provide sufficient pressure, they can be complemented by booster pumps. These pumps are attached to the initial pump to add extra power. However, the booster pumps themselves are not self-priming, and should not be used unless the primary pump is functioning.

Variable Speed and Two Speed Pumps

Effective August 9, 2009, California Energy Commission's Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Standards require residential single family pool pumps to be operated by a two speed pump or a variable speed pump. Every new filter pump installed will be required to have one of these pumps.

Solar and Multi-Speed Pumps

Solar is compatible to some variable speed and two speed pumps. These pumps can be used in lieu of a booster pump when needed. It is important to consult with a solar specialist to determine which pump is right for your pool and solar system.