As much as we hate to admit it, motors don’t last forever. Whether at the hand of bearing failure, long-term overheating, or motor overload, your motor is not a one and done purchase. And even if they were, would that be in your best interest?
Each year new technology emerges pushing the bounds of the previous, delivering strives in energy savings and efficiency to make sure customers are enjoying their amenities at the lowest personal expense. Sometimes these new developments come at the hand of product development opportunities and other times they are driven by regulations by the industry.
In the case of pool pumps, the Department of Energy (DOE) will implement stronger limitations to Dedicated Purpose Pool Pumps (DPPP). This requires that as of July 2021 most pool pump installations and replacements will need to transition from single speed to variable speed pump technology.
Now, that being said, what does this mean for homeowners looking to jump into summer fun?
Although it’s true variable speed pumps and motors cost more than the traditional pump motor, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for pool owners. To better understand this hand in hand purchase and cost-saving solution, let’s take a look at the traditional single speed induction motor.
In the most simple of explanations, single speed motors operate at only one single speed. That means one level of operation for everything. The same effort it takes to remove sediment from your pool is the same effort it takes to filter and circulate as well. That’s a lot of work and variance to put on one motor running at only one speed. Not to mention, the heat generated on a single speed motor can overall lessen the motor's lifetime.
So is this jump to variable speed really such a bad thing? Variable speed motors as their name allow users to program their motor to the settings that best match their pool environment.
According to the DOE, variable speed pumps have the ability to reduce energy usage by close to 70 percent when compared to single speed pumps. Despite a higher upfront purchase cost, you’re guaranteed to see energy savings compared to a single speed pool pump.
How can Regal help you navigate a replacement?
Thanks to Regal’s innovations and our trusted Century® brand motors, we offer variable speed motors that will allow customers to drop-in replace their existing single-speed pool pump motors. Our variable speed solutions have been around for years delivering higher efficiency and meeting standards that are now required across the industry. Our most recognizable solution is the VGreen® motor, perfect to take your pool technology to the next level.
The VGreen® variable speed motors are universal retrofit replacement motors that come in a variety of flange and voltage configurations, making them a perfect replacement upgrade for virtually any existing single speed pump motor.
Upgrading to a variable speed motor will lower the cost of pool ownership through energy savings without replacing the existing pump. VGreen motors run cooler, quieter, are simple and fast to install and last longer. Upgrading to variable speed technology is now more affordable and easier with VGreen universal retrofit replacement motors.
Looking to make the switch to an energy saving variable speed motor? Find the location of a Century partner today to see what it will take to get your backyard pool ready this summer!