Southwest Pool Care is fully licensed, bonded, and insured for swimming pool repair (ROC 332780). From repairing leaky plumbing to installing and upgrading your pool equipment, we can handle it all! Call today to schedule a repair quote.
Upgrade your pool pump to a variable-speed model today! Not only is it required on new pump installations by state and federal law, but an energy-efficient pool pump will also save up to 90% of your electricity cost compared to an older single-speed model. This is due to a phenomenon known as the Pool Pump Affinity Law.
Pool Pump Physics Explained
All single-speed pool motors run at 3450 RPM when powered on. The Pool Pump Affinity Law states that a given pool pump running at half speed (1725 RPM) will pump roughly half as much water, but use 1/8th the energy! This means that with a variable speed pump, you could run your pump twice as many hours per day at half the maximum speed, filtering the same amount of water each day but using 75% less electricity. This is just one of the many options you have available with a variable-speed pool pump.
The Speed/Flow Rate/Energy chart shows how these options can be applied to fit the needs of your pool. Notice that reducing the pump speed by just 450 RPM only reduces the water flow by about 15%, but cuts the energy usage almost in half! This represents huge savings in electricity costs every month, meaning the pump will pay for itself over time. Call Southwest Pool Care to get a free quote to replace your pool pump today! Setting your new pump to the most energy-efficient schedule for your pool is included with installation.
Choosing the Right Pump for Your Pool
Southwest Pool Care provides professional pool & spa heater diagnosis and repair. Specializing in Pentair and Sta-Rite heaters, we will quickly identify the problem and recommend the appropriate repair or replacement.
If your pool heater is aging or malfunctioning, call us to discuss your options and schedule an appointment for a quote to replace it with a new model.
Upgrade to the redesigned Pentair Mastertemp gas pool heater!
Interested in electric pool heating options? Ask us for a consultation regarding the installation of an electric heat pump for your pool or spa!
Tired of constantly changing valves, manually turning your pump and heater on and off, adjusting settings, and waiting for your pool or spa to heat? Have an outdated or malfunctioning pool automation system that’s overdue for an upgrade? Contact us today for a free consultation and estimate to install the all-new Pentair IntelliCenter!
Virtually any pool can be converted to saltwater. While they do not completely eliminate the use of chlorine, they have many benefits over traditional chlorinated pools.
Salt pools use an electrolytic cell to generate chlorine. A small electrical charge is passed between the plates as the pool water is moved through them. This electrical charge acts as a catalyst, which through a complex chemical process separates the chlorine ion from the salt molecule (NaCl). This creates a very small amount of chlorine gas, which is immediately dissolved into the water. Once in the water, it is essentially the same as any standard pool chlorination product.
There are several benefits to this process as opposed to traditional pool chlorination. First, the salt in the pool water is not “used up” in this reaction and eventually recombines back into salt. This means that as long as the cell is working, the pool can create a virtually infinite amount of its own chlorine. This eliminates or drastically reduces the need to use shock and other chlorinating chemicals. Second, the chlorine levels in the pool can be kept lower because a small trickle is constantly being added to the pool water. Third, traditional pool care involves spiking the chlorine to relatively high levels periodically in order to keep the water sanitized. While not typically dangerous, this does make for inconsistent chlorine levels which can lead to problems such as damaged or bleached hair and bathing suits, strong chlorine odor, etc. Fourth, the salt in the water is about 10% the salinity of seawater, and much closer to your body’s natural salt level. Swimming in a traditional freshwater pool can leave swimmers with a small electrolyte imbalance because the water can pull salts from the body. On the other end of the spectrum, swimming in ocean water can quickly cause dehydration due to the extremely high salt content. Swimming in a salt pool helps prevent either of these scenarios, and the water subjectively feels better on the skin and eyes.
So what are the disadvantages? The cost of installation, as well as cell cleaning and replacement. The salt level in the water is low enough that it will not cause corrosion or equipment damage under normal circumstances. There is an electrical cost involved in powering the salt system, but it is negligible.
Saltwater pools are becoming very common. In fact, most new pool construction projects include a salt system. Ask us for a quote to convert your pool to saltwater today!
Need multiple pieces of equipment replaced? Looking to modernize and refresh your aging pool equipment? Southwest Pool Care specializes in pool equipment repair from the ground up! We’re happy to provide the information you need to find the best option for you. Schedule a free in-person consultation today!