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    Can you use a variable speed pump witha Paramount in floor cleaning system

    I am just about ready to install a new hayward VS pump and wondered if this will work correctly with my IFC system? Any thoughts or tips for this? Thank you

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    Re: Can you use a variable speed pump witha Paramount in floor cleaning system

    It should work at lower speeds to filter the water but you'll probably need to run some hours at high speed to actually clean any debris in the water. I guess you'll have to experiment and figure out how many hours to run at high speed.

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    Re: Can you use a variable speed pump witha Paramount in floor cleaning system

    I run my VS pump at a higher speed for about 90 min each morning to allow my infloor system to do its job. It's just part of the daily program I have setup on the pump.
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    Re: Can you use a variable speed pump witha Paramount in floor cleaning system

    It will work fine. As chiefwej said, you will need to run it on a higher speed for the infloor to be effective. You will have to determine exactly what rpm that higher speed is for your specific pool. And you will also need to determine the high speed run time.

    On my system, I run for 90 minutes in the AM and 90 minutes in the PM at 2800 rpm. Then I run it for an additional 3 1/2 hours in both AM and PM at 1000 rpm. For my pool, this provides adequate cleaning at the higher speed and continued circulation/skimming during the remaining run time on low speed.

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    Re: Can you use a variable speed pump witha Paramount in floor cleaning system

    As other have said, it will work but running at higher speeds for longer periods make the economics of a VS less attractive.
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    Re: Can you use a variable speed pump witha Paramount in floor cleaning system

    If an infloor system is working properly, it should be able to clean the pool in a hour or two, then the pump can drop back to a much lower speed. With a VS pump you need to identify the lowest effective speed for each task and setup your programming accordingly.

    In my case, I use one speed for cleaning, a second for the SWG (chlorination, skimming and general filtration) a third, much lower for extra filtration. In addition a seperate speed is setup and activated by my solar controller anytime heat is called for and available at the panels.
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