Pumps & Motors

The rise of variable speed pumps and enhanced motor technology have completely changed the pool and spa industry by maximizing energy efficiency and cutting the costs of pool ownership. In this section, you’ll learn more about how to convince customers to invest in variable speed, when to replace pumps and more.


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Technically Speaking: Variable-Speed Motors

Variable-speed-drive pump and motor technology has changed the way the pool and spa industry thinks about energy efficiency. Gone are the days when builders, servicers, pool operators and homeowners had only one, two or perhaps three speeds available to power circulation systems.

What's The Difference Between VFDs and VSPs?

Mark Caldwell Explains the difference between VFDs and VSPs.

Upgrading Pool Equipment For Energy Savings

There over 10 million commercial and residential pools, most of them hemorrhaging energy and money. This is a great opportunity.

Should You Fix A Broken Pump Or Just Replace It?

Today's consumer is more likely to opt for replacing a faulty motor or other piece of equipment if doing so extends their warranty coverage or otherwise increases the return on their investment.

Energy Efficiency In Pool Building

Creating pools, spas and other aquatic features that maximize energy efficiency first requires understanding a number of basic truths about the way these systems utilize electricity and energy for heating, explains Dave Peterson, owner of Watershape Consulting (Solana Beach, Calif.)


What's all the hubbub about oversized pumps?

Pool pump efficiency is profitable

In some states, efficient pumps and circulation systems are a mandate. Elsewhere, they're just a great idea, profitable for sellers, consumers and the country as a whole.

Pump Surgery

Other than the pool shell itself, there's no more critical component of a pool system than its engine of circulation, the pump. Making pump replacement efficient, then, is equally critical to a service company's health.

Green Power From The Big Yellow

One of the greenest and most innovative new products to reach the pool and spa industry in recent years is a solar filtration pump from Lorentz, a German company that specializes in solar-powered pumping systems.

Shining a Light on Energy Star

While the Energy Star program was launched in 1992, only recently has the pool industry joined in with Energy Star-certified pumps. Here's how it happened.

Maximizing Pool Efficiency

As a long-time education advocate for the pool and spa industry, Steve Gutai, director of trade marketing for Zodiac Pool Systems, is on a crusade to teach industry professionals how to maximize energy efficiency.

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