Good to know: a heat pump consumes 50 Wh when it is turned on but not heating, in other words 1.2 kWh in a day without heating the pool.
Compass Pools estimate an average running cost of 50p per hour for a swimming pool heat pump, which will likely run at anything from 4 hours to 8 hour a days, meaning daily running costs of around £5 a day in summer and £10 a day if using year-round for heating plus chemicals.
Our 1 hp (standard) example UST1102 motor above will cost between $1-$5 per day, depending on what your power company charges per kWh, and on how many hours per day the pump is running, which changes within the season. This will result in a monthly cost of $30-$150.
One of the most significant consumers of energy in homes with swimming pools are pool pumps, which keep pools clean by circulating water through filters. Pool pumps can consume 3,000 to over 5,000 kWh per year.
12 cents per kWh = 4.97 per day to operate the pool pump. Now if you are running the same pump, but with 230 Volt, the cost will be 2.49 per day.
The average pool contains about 20,000 gallons of water, roughly 5,000 gallons more than the typical human will drink in a lifetime, and pool pumps use up to 2,500 KWh per year to circulate and filter it.
Working on an average peak electricity tariff of 30 cents per hour, the average pool pump will cost 22.5 - 45 cents per hour to run. A Salt Chlorinator uses 0.12 - 0.2kw per hour and will cost 3.6 - 6 cents per hour to run.
It's not uncommon for a 1.5 horsepower pump to use 1500 – 2000 watts. This is unfortunate, because most pools only need 1/4 to 1/8th horsepower for circulation. Higher power may be needed for tasks like vacuuming the pool. Modern pool pumps like the EcoPump offer a circulation mode, and a vacuum mode.
Overall, the lessons learned today is you should run your pool pump an average 8 hours a day to properly circulate and clean your water. The pump should push your entire pool in gallons in this 8 hour period of time. Residential pool water only needs to be turned over once daily to have proper filtration.
Take daily cost and multiply by how many days per year you operate your pump. $2.91 cost per day x 365 days = $1,062.15 per year to operate your 1-½ HP pool pump.
On average, pool pump replacement costs about $440, average prices ranged from $80 to $800 for pool pump replacement in the US in 2020.
It may be cheaper to run the pump at night, but honestly you should run it 1 hour a day per 10 degrees of temperature at least, and it should be during the day. Running the pump at night should only be when you are doing a major chemical treatment such as algae clean-up.
The average pool pump costs about $690 but prices depend on the model you choose. Single-speed and low-head pumps cost the least, ranging from $300 to $600. Variable speed and high-head submersible models are on the pricier end between $800 and $1,200.
Your pump uses 600 watts an hour.
Comparing annual costs, heat pumps cost much less than gas fired pool heaters. In fact, pool heat pumps are one of the most affordable methods to heat a swimming pool.
Cleaners aren't meant to stay in the pool 24/7. This is true for all cleaners. Pressure side cleaners run on a schedule every day so why take it out? Leaving the cleaner in the pool 24/7 increases its exposure to corrosive chemicals in the water, such as chlorine or shock.
The size of your pool, the efficiency of your pump and filter, and how dirty your pool is are just some of the factors you need to consider. Nevertheless, most pool cleaning professionals would advise against running a pool pump for more than 8 hours a day.
So, if you run your pool pump for 8 hours in one day, 1,864.25 multiplied by 8 and divided by 1,000 equals 14.9 kilowatt-hours. If you run your pump every day for an average of 30 days per month – 30 multiplied by 14.9 – your pump uses 447 kilowatt-hours in a month.
Depending upon the panel size, 4 - 6 solar panels are needed to operate a solar-powered pool pump. Place them in an area exposed to the most sunlight.
Run the circulation system one (1) hour for every 10°F of air temperature if a single-speed filter pump is installed. Example: If it is 100°F, the pump should run 10 hours a day minimum. Of course, if the pool is full of algae or a major weather event has occurred, the pump may need to run 24-hours a day.
Although it's generally recommended that all the pool water undergo filtration every 24 hours, the pump does not need to run all the time. A proactive, productive and energy-saving maintenance activity is to remove the debris floating on the pool surface with a hand-held skimmer.
Every pool must turn over at least once a day, so most pool pumps should run approximately 8 hours a day. But here's the thing: you don't have to run your pool pump consecutively. You can choose to run it for three hours in the morning before you leave for work and another 5 hours in the evening.
Run the pump for 8 hours, every 24 hours. You can also pause in between; there is no need to run it continuously. Ideally, after you shock the pool, be sure to run the pump at night and during non-peak hours, to save on your energy bills.
Well-maintained high-quality pool pumps can last between eight to 12 years. If you've missed out on many critical pool services, however, you can expect your pump to fail sooner. If your pump is more than half a decade old and it's becoming more and more problematic, it's best to get a new one.