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Pool Pump Regulation Changes in 2021

Federal regulations for pool pumps were officially changed back in July 2021, and so all current and new pool owners should be aware of what this means. The new law saw a change from single-speed pumps to variable-speed pumps on all new and replacement inground pool filter pumps.

Why Is There a Change to Variable-Speed Pumps?

Pool pumps typically operate at high speeds for a few hours daily to provide a high flow rate for mixing and cleaning. However, most of the time, they just need to circulate the water through the filtration systems which can be done at lower flow rates. These variable-speed pumps can reduce energy use by up to 70%, as opposed to their single-speed counterparts, since they can operate at lower speeds for several hours.

Other than saving energy, they can also reduce the noise level, improve the effectiveness of the filtration system, and even extend the life of other pool equipment. All these will eventually lead to large savings for pool owners.

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What Does This Mean?

According to the mandate by the Department of Energy, the replacement of single-speed pumps with more efficient variable-speed pumps is a part of the new minimum efficiency standards put in place for homes and businesses throughout the United States. This came after years of input from all the necessary parties including manufacturers, trade associations, utility corporations, and consumer groups.

It was determined that these variable-speed pumps will meet the new performance standards that require self-priming filtration pumps to work past a certain horsepower threshold. Essentially, all pumps over 1.0 Total Horsepower (THP) must be variable-speed pumps.

The law took full effect on July 19, 2021.

How Are Pool Owners Affected?

You don’t have to worry about changing your single-speed pumps unless you meet certain criteria. The new law came into effect back in 2021, but you’re still not mandated to change to a variable-speed pump unless your old one requires a replacement or if you want to install a new one.

If and when you do decide to upgrade your pool pump to a variable speed pump, it will definitely have its advantages. You should notice a reduction in your overall energy use and monthly electrical charges. The lower energy use also makes for a safer environment and a reduced carbon footprint.

Pool owners should ensure that they are aware of the changes in regulations regarding their pools so that they don’t take non-compliant actions when maintaining and upkeeping their pool infrastructure. If you have any questions about the 2021 regulations and how they affect you, give the pool experts at Pulliam Pools a call today.

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