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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Pump for Your Pool

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In the summer the swimming pool is where family and friends relax and cool off during the hottest days. A pool, however, is an investment for any person. Not only does it take money to upkeep your pool, but also time. Being a pool owner means maintaining your pool, but with the help of the proper pool pump your water can stay clean, crystal clear, and inviting for all of your guests. There are many factors to consider when selecting a pump for your pool and many decisions to be made, listed below are some things to keep in mind when selecting the right pump for you.

Pool Size and Flow Rate

The size of a pool is measured in gallons per minute (GPM). This measurement determines the flow rate of your pool. The flow rate shows how much water has been pumped during the measured time. A pool should filter for eight to ten hours a day. Since the flow rate goes hand in hand with the power of your pump, the pump that you purchase should be powerful enough to move all of the water throughout your pool in that time period.

Power and Speed

Having an overpowered pump is never a good thing. A pump that moves the water too strong will not be properly filtered. It can create lasting damage to the pipes, fittings, filter, and heater. Cavitation is caused by an overly large pump which causes bubbles to build in the pool and pop, creating waves that could also damage the pump.

There are three different speeds to choose from: single speed, dual speed, and a variable speed pump. While a single-speed pump has the least efficient motor it is the most cost-effective of the three; your budget and the size of your pool should help you determine what pump is best for you.


If you’re going to purchase a pump, you want to make sure you have enough space in your yard that surrounds the pool. Sizes of pumps vary, but they can become quite large. If your pool is indoors, you might want to choose between a small and medium-sized pump. Large pumps can be used for outdoor pools if they have a lot of space around them. The variable speed pump is a perfect choice for those who would like to adjust the speed at any given time. Vacuuming, for example, uses more power for cleaning than the daily maintenance of a pool.

Each of these factors are important to consider when determining the perfect pool pump to fit your pool’s needs. Make the right choice for you and your pool!

Greg The Pool Guy Equipment