How to Pick the Right Pool Pump

Contrary to what you might believe, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all pool pump. Just as there multiple pool sizes and shapes, there are multiple pool heat pumps in Gold Coast. If you have a standard rectangular pool, it may be easier to find one that fits. This article will guide you on how to pick the right pool pump, while showing you a few features to look out for that might save costs later on.


Tips for Choosing the Right Pool Pump


  • Speed: pool pumps come in either single, dual or variable speeds – fast, or slow. Single speed pumps come with just one speed setting – fast. The problem with them is that they keep running fast, even during off pool season – so more energy’s consumed. Some eco-friendly states may have laws against them, so check regulations before buying. Dual speeds allow you to switch from fast to slow speeds when the pool’s not in use. The most expensive of all 3 is the pump that comes with variable speed. They make less noise, and typically come with permanent magnetic motors that don’t require electricity to work. They last longer, and speed can usually be adjusted digitally.


  • Pool Size: there’s a really simple math to calculate your flow rate – the amount of water that moves within a given time frame (turn over). It’s calculated to find the gallons per minute (GPM). What you’ll need to know – the gallons of water in your pool and your desired turnover rate. To get the GPM, divide the number of gallons in your pool, by your desired turn over rate. Once you get the figure, divide that by 60 (minutes) and you’ll get GPM.E.g. if your pool has 30,000 gallons of water, and your desired turn over is 6 hours, your figure will be 30,000/6 = 5,000. 5,000/60 = 83.33 GPM.


  • In-Ground or Above-Ground Pool? The location of the pool’s filter will affect the position of the pump. A filter located above the pump requires a top-mount pump. A filter on the same level as the pump requires a side-mount pump. Find out if you have a sand, cartridge or DE filter, as that’ll affect the type of filter you get.


Know how many horsepowers you want, and what type of plug you prefer and you’re good to go.