Last fall, our pool pump died about a week before we closed the pool. It just hums when you turn it on, and since it was first installed in 2001, we figured it was time to buy a new, more-efficient pump. Our state (Vermont) offers a $400-600 rebate for the purchase of an efficient pump, but the list of approved pumps is 6 pages long and I have no idea what I should be looking for.
The one key thing in addition to my stats listed below is that the pump is in our boiler room, which is on the opposite side of the house from the pool. From what we can determine looking at previous owner's paperwork, it appears that the pipe run is somewhere around 60 feet between them, but we don't know if that's to the skimmer end (which is the far end), or the jets (which is the near end).
We've been running the pump about 10 hours a day which has kept the pool clean and were planning on experimenting with some lesser times this summer because it pretty much doubles our electric bill during the summer when the pool is open. Hopefully, a more efficient pump will also help, but I see variable-speed, multi-speed, and variable-flow on this long list and it makes my eyes go buggy.
We will be calling around to several pool companies for help in getting it installed, but hoped to get some guidance here first, because these companies tend to only want to sell whatever brand they prefer and not always the best one.
Thanks for any help anyone can give!