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Types of Pumps

Pool pumps come in a wide variety of sizes to best match the unique needs of pools across the world. One way to classify pumps is based on the number of speeds at which it can operate. This is important because the speed of the pump has an incredible impact on the amount of energy it consumes - and, in turn, how much you pay on your electric bill. This is because of the Pump Affinity Law. This leads to three types of circulation pumps: single speed, two speed, and variable speed. As the name implies, a single speed pump operates at only one speed. These have been the standard type of pool pumps for decades, delivering proven performance and reliability. They are available in a range of designs and sizes (often in terms of horsepower) that match the wide variety of pool and plumbing configurations. Two speed pumps operate at either full speed or half speed - in other words, at 100% or 50%. These pump can offer up to 75% savings in pump energy costs and are also available in variety of designs and sizes. For more information about single and two speed pumps, click here Variable speed pumps operate over a wide range of speeds and can be “dialed-in” to the specific speeds needed for different applications such as basic circulation, heating, spa use, etc. These pumps deliver the ultimate in energy efficiency, with up to 90% savings in pump energy costs. For more information about variable speed pumps, click here Booster pumps are not needed for basic water circulation but rather deliver the added performance needed to operate pressure cleaners. They operate in conjunction with a circulation pump, boosting the pressure to assure consistent cleaner operation.

What Does a Pump Do?

The pump is essentially the heart of the swimming pool's circulation system. Your pool's circulation system comprises the elements of your pool that take water from the pool, filters it, sanitizes it, and returns the water back to the pool. If your pump is not running, the water from your pool is not being properly circulated or filtered.

Which Type is Right for You?

Your pool professional will help choose what type of pump is best for you. As noted, single speed pumps are the most common and have delivered proven performance for years and years. Two speed pumps offer considerable energy savings over single speed pumps, but may require an update to your equipment in order to control the pumps speeds. Variable speed pumps deliver the ultimate in energy efficiency, saving you an incredible amount of money year after year. Although these pumps do cost more up-front, the savings often pay for the added costs in only one or two seasons.

How a Pump Works

A pool pump consists of three primary components: The Motor The Impeller The Hair and Lint Trap The motor is electric and uses either 115 or 230 volts and, at full speed, rotates a mechanical shaft at 3450 RPM (revolutions per minute). The impeller, in turn, rotates at the same speed and provides the pressure needed to circulate the water. The hair and lint trap (also referred to as the strainer basket), captures large debris such as leaves that could otherwise clog the pump and reduce or prevent its performance.

Energy Saving Variable-Speed Pumps

Variable Speed Pump Benefits

It may be surprising to learn that a single speed pool pump can be the second largest consumption of energy in your house after heating and air conditioning. With the installation of a variable speed pump, it is possible to cut the associated energy costs up to 90%, which can translate to hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. As with most advanced, more efficient products, variable speed pumps cost more than single speed pumps. This incremental investment is often recovered in energy savings in less than two years. In addition, many municipalities and states offer utility rebates, further offsetting the initial cost. To calculate your potential savings, visit Hayward’s energy calculator.

Hayward Variable Speed Pumps

Hayward offers the most efficient and broadest lineup of variable speed pumps in the industry. ENERGY STAR certificationDon’t just take our word for it - published data from the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program prove that Hayward has the most efficient pumps in the industry. Regardless of what type of pool or spa you have, Hayward has the variable speed pump that matches your needs. Why pay for more pump that you need? Hayward’s wide selection means you get the pump you need, often without wasting money on larger, more expensive models.

Hayward Variable Speed Pump Features

ENERGY STAR® certified and eligible for local utility rebates Advanced Permanent magnet, totally enclosed fan cooled (TEFC) motor offers incredible energy efficiency and reliability Fully programmable, digital control interface rotates to four different positions or mounts to the wall for more convenient access and viewing

Which Model is Right for You?

Your pool professional will help choose what type of variable speed pump is best for you. If you need to flow a lot of water such as for an attached spa or a variety of water features, Hayward’s EcoStar® offers incredible performance and energy efficiency. For most other applications, a smaller, right-sized variable speed pump will usually be more cost effective and pay for itself faster. ENERGY STAR certificationAccording to EPA Energy Star third-party testing, TriStar variable-speed residential pool pump is the most energy-efficient pump on the market. For most pool only applications with 2” or less plumbing, Hayward offers two choices based on the best selling Super Pump and MaxFlo family of pumps: Super Pump® VS and MaxFlo VS™. Regardless of what type of pool or spa you have, Hayward has the variable speed pump that matches your needs.

Single-Speed and Two-Speed Pumps

Types of Single and Two Speed Pumps

Single Speed These pumps use an induction motor that runs at a constant speed of 3450 RPM. They can be flooded suction pumps, meaning they are placed below the water line using gravity to keep the pump primed, or they can be self-priming, which is the typical in-ground installation. Two Speed Pump The two-speed pump uses an induction motor that operates at either full-speed (3450 RPM) or half-speed (1725 RPM). When running at half-speed, a pump can provide significant energy savings, while still having the ability to run at full-speed when more water flow is needed.

Types of Single and Two Speed Pumps

Hayward Industries has been manufacturing swimming pool pumps for more than 80 years. As leader in the industry, our breadth of pool products includes and unparalleled variety of single-speed and two-speed pool pumps. We make a swimming pool pump to suit any residential pool environment, any pool shape and any pool size. Whether you’re looking for an above ground pool pump or an in-ground pool pump to run your pool and your spa, we have the pump that’s right for you.

Which Pump is Right for You?

Your pool professional will help choose which speed and size pump is best for you. If you have an above-ground swimming pool, a single-speed pump in the PowerFlo family of pumps is ideal for you. For standard pool environments, single-speed pumps are the economical choice. For in-ground pool/spa combinations, a two-speed pump may be the more energy efficient option. TriStar, Super Pump and MaxFlo pumps come in a variety of single-speed or two-speed pumps which gives you and your pool professional to opportunity to find a pool pump that is ideal for your specific application.

Booster Pumps for Pressure Cleaners

What Does a Booster Pump Do?

A booster pump is used to power automatic pressure cleaners. The pump draws water from the pool circulation plumbing, increasing the water pressure so that the pool cleaner can operate at its maximum efficiency.

Hayward Booster Pumps

Hayward’s booster pump is the most aftermarket friendly and energy efficient booster pump in the industry. It uses up to 40% less electricity than other models and has an exceptionally quiet operation. Both 1½” pipe unions and ¾” hose fittings are included to provide easy installation and service for new construction and replacement applications. It is also equipped with a tall, elevated mounting base allowing for increased motor ventilation and added protection from flooding. These desirable features have made Hayward’s booster pump a leader among its competition.