The new Department of Energy (DOE) Dedicated Purpose Pool Pump (DPPP) regulations go into effect 7.19.21, and most in-ground, single-speed pool pumps will fall out of federal compliance.
Here’s the gist: the Department of Energy has passed new regulations around the minimum energy efficiency of pool pumps. Spoiler: most single speed pumps won’t pass muster.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU AS A CONSUMER?
No, you don’t have to run out to your local Texsun and change your existing pump out. BUT if, and when, it does go out you will need to upgrade to a Variable Speed or Variable Speed & Flo pump.
WHY CHOOSE A VARIABLE SPEED PUMP?
What’s the big deal about variable speed pumps anyway? Isn’t it just a pump? Yes, but the way it performs its function is much different. A variable speed can be set to different RPMs (Revolutions Per Minute) to cut the cost of operation, and give you greater efficiency when it comes to circulating and filtering your pool water; saving you money and keeping your pool cleaner. Single speed pumps are just that, they’re made to run off a single speed.
Think of it this way. Instead of being able to increase and decrease your car’s speed from 0-100mph, you can only go 50MPH whether you’re in a neighborhood or on a highway!
For example, Pentair’s newest, one-of-a-kind, VSF pump is what is known as a Variable Speed AND Flo pump. This accomplishes the same functions as a variable speed, but in an even more efficient manner. Variable Flo pumps will monitor the flow rate of the water running through your plumbing (measured in gallons per minute, or GPM), and determine the best RPM to set your motor to. This is a smarter and more intuitive way of circulating your pool water because it keeps your pool water flowing a the proper rate.
HOW IS A VARIABLE FLO MORE EFFICIENT?
Well, take into consideration your filter when it comes to flow rate. As your filter clogs with debris and other contaminants the flow of the water through it will be restricted. A single speed pump will continue to run the pump at the programmed RPMS regardless of the clogging issue. Pentair’s Variable Speed & Flo pump will monitor the GPM change and adjust the RPMS to maintain the same flow rate ensuring your circulation and filtration are not impacted. This ensures your pool stays crystal clear, even in the most demanding of situations.
WHEN DOES THIS TAKE EFFECT?
Starting July 19, 2021, all new and replacement pool pumps will need to comply with the regulation. Many states have already begun this process. If you need help bringing your equipment up to speed visit your local Texsun Pools, and ask about the VSF pump.