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6 Common Pool Questions Answered

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There’s an amazing amount of knowledge surrounding pool equipment and pool maintenance, so we wanted to answer six of the most common pool questions we frequently get asked.

1. What’s the largest source of heat loss from a pool?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 70% of heat loss from a pool is due to evaporation. Pool covers minimize evaporation from both outdoor and indoor pools. Using a pool cover when your pool isn’t being used is the single most effective means of reducing pool heating costs. When using a pool cover savings of 50%-70% are possible.

2. Are faster or slower pump speeds more energy efficient?

Slower pump speeds are more efficient by a wide margin. It’s very much like automotive fuel efficiency—the slower you drive a car, the more efficient it is. It is actually more energy efficient to set your pump for the necessary flow rate instead of a speed rate. The IntelliFlo® VSF Variable Speed and Flow Pump’s innovative dual-technology design ensures the desired flow rate is maintained, no matter the conditions, allowing the rest of your equipment perform exactly as it’s meant to—from filters to laminars to waterfalls.

3. Are variable speed pumps worth the extra investment?

Absolutely, especially if the investment is in an ENERGY STAR® certified pool pump. Not only will a variable speed pool pump save you money on your utility bills, but it will help protect the environment, too! If all pool pumps were ENERGY STAR certified, US families could save $1.3 billion in energy costs each year and would help protect the climate by annually preventing greenhouse gas emissions equal to more than two million cars. By upgrading to a Pentair pump with variable speed technology, like the IntelliFlo VSF, you can save up to 90% in energy costs (or up to $1,500 a year)! That’s a lot of savings for such a simple change. 

4. Is a pool automation system worth the investment?

Yes. Automation systems, like our EasyTouch® Control System, help you decrease operating and maintenance costs while allowing more time for pool enjoyment. You can control as many or as few of your pool’s features with an easy-to-use control center, controller or app. The added convenience of remote operation, monitoring and even servicing are extra pluses, too!

5. What is a “saltwater pool”?

A saltwater pool uses a salt chlorine generator, like the iChlor® or IntelliChlor®, for sanitizing. A salt chlorine generator uses ordinary table salt to produce all the chlorine a pool needs for safe, effective sanitizing, automatically. Because the pool is sanitized with a salt chlorine generator, there’s no need to buy, handle and store chlorine chemicals.

6. If my inground pool won’t be used during the winter, should I drain it completely?

No. Completely draining an inground pool may cause it to lift out of the excavation or crack. You should drain the pool down to below the skimmer and the returns, and then blow water out of the piping and equipment to avoid damage from freezing. For more helpful tips on closing your pool, check out these articles: