Pool pumps are the second most energy users after the AC unit.
As the temperatures begin to drop in the fall and wintertime, you may want to lower the amount of time that your pool pump runs to save on your electric bill each month.
The swimming pool pump is the heart of your circulation system, your pool pump pulls water from one or more suction ports (i.e., skimmer & main drain), and then pushes it through the filter & heater (if you have one) and back to the pools’ return ports. As long as your filter is clean and all of the equipment is working properly, your goal is to take the body of water that is in your pool and circulate it through the filtration system one time per day.
Most systems need to run for 8 to 10 hours per day to efficiently keep the pool water clean and clear in the hot summer months because of the potential for sitting water, combined with direct sunlight in very hot sunny days that could cause algae to begin to grow.
Since algae does not like the cold temperatures and there is less direct sunlight in the wintertime, lowering the pool pump timer from 10 hours to 6 hours or even lower if your pool system allows it, could save you on your energy cost each month. As you lower the time that the pool pump runs, it may be a good idea to monitor the pool water.
The other thing to consider if you plan on staying in your home for three years or more is to truly consider upgrading your pool pump to a Hayward Variable Speed Pump. Upgrading to a Hayward Variable Speed Pump could save you not only in the winter time, but in the summertime as well.