Variable-Speed Pumps: Mandatory for Powering Pools in 2021

Variable-Speed Pumps: Mandatory for Powering Pools in 2021 - A new U.S. Department of Energy regulation will require that, in 2021, all pumps past a certain horsepower rating will have to meet an efficiency threshold. This means that variable-speed pumps will be mandatory for powering the filtration system of any spa or pool. This federal regulation sets forth minimum efficiency standards that a pool pump must meet to be sold in the United States. This decision came about after extensive collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, manufacturers, utility companies and energy-efficiency advocates. Referred to as “Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pumps,” this is the second similar type of regulation that applies to the pool and spa industry, with the other one being an efficiency standards for heaters. Under the new regulation, commercial and residential self-priming filtration pumps past a certain horsepower threshold have to meet an established performance standard – a standard only currently satisfied by variable-speed pumps. The measurements for the threshold uses a different system from that of traditional motor horsepower. Pumps rated between 0.711 and 2.5 hydraulic horsepower have to meet the performance standard. When you convert that to motor horsepower, the regulation will apply [...]

By |2020-03-17T20:24:54+00:00March 17th, 2020|Pool Pump|Comments Off on Variable-Speed Pumps: Mandatory for Powering Pools in 2021

Liner Replacement: Top 5 Signs You Need a New Pool Liner

Liner Replacement: Top 5 Signs You Need a New Pool Liner - Think back to when your pool liner was new: it was tight, with no wrinkles, had a vibrant sharp color to it and made the water beautiful to look at. Fast forward a decade and it looks wrinkly, faded, dull and boring. It may have some tears in it, and you may have experienced some leaks. All of these signs point to the need for a new liner. Here are the top five signs that you need liner replacement.  1.      Fading A good-quality vinyl pool liner features built-in UV inhibitors, as well as other substances that help to slow down fading. But over time, sun and chemicals take a toll and cause fading. But it’s not just the surface that’s fading…a loss of plasticizers is also happening. These substances are what keep the vinyl supple and pliable. When you have a heavily faded liner, it also likely has become harder and more brittle, failing to expand and contract as easily as it did before. 2.      Wrinkles At first, your liner likely fit your pool’s surfaces like a glove. Over time, though, you’ll start to see a lot [...]

By |2020-02-24T15:20:50+00:00February 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Liner Replacement: Top 5 Signs You Need a New Pool Liner

Inground Pool Opening: Top 10 Tips

Inground Pool Opening: Top 10 Tips - It’s never too early to look ahead towards spring and summer to consider how you will best open your pool. Of course, you should always call a professional to perform opening procedures, but just in case you’re a handy DIY’er, here are some tips on inground pool opening. 1.  Remove the Debris From Your Pool Cover Use a soft broom to get any dead leaves or other large pieces of debris off the winter cover. Then, use the pool cover pump to get the standing water off. 2. Remove, Clean and Store Your Pool Cover You’ll need a buddy or two to help. Lift and fold the cover back and forth, like an accordion, and then unfurl it so it lies flat on the ground. Be sure to check on the condition of the cover as you do this, to ensure there are no rips. Gently scrub it with pool cover cleaner and a soft broom. Rinse away the cleaner and dry with a towel or even a leaf blower. Fold it back up, then store it inside a storage bag or container. Don’t put the cover on the floor of your shed [...]

By |2020-01-17T14:40:26+00:00January 17th, 2020|Pool Opening|Comments Off on Inground Pool Opening: Top 10 Tips
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