How to Select the Best Pool Pump

The intention of this guide is to explain you how to choose the right pool pump.
The pool pump is the main part of your pool; it ensures your water stays healthy by moving it through your filter and chlorinator. Having the wrong pump can mean your pool water will get cloudy, green, and nasty.

1. The most important factor one will have to consider is the horsepower that comes with the pool pump. It is important to note that the horsepower will vary depending on the manufacturer and model. While looking at the horsepower you should also consider what type of pool it is. For instance, a pool with long run pipes will require higher horsepower.

2. Secondly, before you choose a pool pump it is important to make calculations and have the right figures on how many gallons of water the pool contains. The formula normally varies depending on the shape of the pool; whether it is rectangular, oval or round in shape.

3. It is also important to consider the maximum and minimum flow rate the pump has. The flow rate is the amount of water that can be moved in a determined amount of time. It is measured in gallons per minute. Finding the desired flow rate will help one to determine the amount of water in gallons that need to be pumped, through the filter, to complete one whole cycle. Once you have a number of gallons your pool holds, divide that number by eight to know how many gallons per hour should be pumped.

4. In addition, it is important to determine the feet of head. This is the amount of resistance against the flow of water. This has to be considered in when you are using an inground pool. Finding the real feet of head, or at least approximating it, will help find a pump that will ensure adequate water flow for the filter.

Keeping the heart of your pool’s circulation system pumping really isn’t difficult. As long as you choose the right kind of pool pump for your filter and pool volume, get the right size, and keep up with maintenance and repairs, your pump should last you a good long time.

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