Salt Water and Variable Pumps

Salt Water Pools and Conversions


Chlorine generators, developed in the 1970’s, are quickly becoming the most sought-after form of alternative pool sanitation available in today’s marketplace. By turning ordinary salt into a self -regenerating supply of pure chlorine for both pools and spas, chlorine generators can provide you with the most luxurious, softest feeling water imaginable, the natural way. The advantages are many: softer water, consistent chlorine levels, does not dry out your skin, does not bleach your bathing suits, you can open your eyes underwater – no burning eyes, saves time and money on smart water chemistry.  Never deal with irritating dry skin or red eye syndrome again.

Salt chlorinators are typically 2 components; a power supply and a cell. The power supply is usually mounted by a power source (time-clock) and is fed power from load side (pump). Meaning it will only be operating when the pump is on. The cell is plumbed after the last piece of equipment (heater or filter). The unit must be properly sized to be able to produce the required amount of chlorine. Example: if you have a 20,000-gallon pool you will need a unit that is designed for 20,000 gallons or higher. In my experience, a larger unit is recommended, as it will not have to work as hard and hence last longer.

Variable Speed Pumps

Benefits of a variable speed pool pump:

  • Slash operating costs 30% to 90%
  • Much quieter operation
  • Multi-programmable pump speeds
  • Longer life
  • Environmentally friendly



The variable speed pool pump can literally save you hundreds of dollars each year, help protect your family, and it is so quiet that you can barely believe it’s on!


The variable speed pool pump can run at multiple speeds, whereas the typical pool pump only has one, which is high speed.  The secret to minimizing pump energy use is to operate at the lowest speed needed to accomplish the job. It takes far less energy to move water slowly than quickly. In fact, reducing pump speed by half reduces power needed to an eighth of what was needed previously to get the job done. A good analogy is your car… you get far better gas mileage at 30 mph than at 90 mph. These new pumps allow you to set and adjust pump speed to achieve the minimum energy use.

By using a fraction of the horsepower and energy this pump saves most customers between $50- $75 a month. Unlike your old pool pump motor, the new variable speed pump can pay for itself in just 2 seasons!

In addition to saving you money, the variable speed pool pump has built-in diagnostics to prevent any sort of premature failure. This means the variable speed pool pump will last longer than your traditional pump. Some variable speed pumps can also prevent damage to the pump from loss of prime.

Here is an example you can see. It would take a 1/2 horsepower pool pump to run my waterfall. That pump would use about 1200 watts an hour. This variable speed pump uses only 161 watts an hour at the same speed as the 1/2 horsepower pump. On my waterfall that’s about an 85% savings on my electric bill.

Check with your local utility company for the latest rebate offers.