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    Optimal pump run time?

    We we installed our pool, the PB sales person said our VS pump should raise our bill by only $20-35 a month.

    Well our bill is $80-100 more a month. So I have thinking about bringing down the pump run time.

    The pump runs 20hrs a day. 5 1/2hrs on high and the rest on low speed. The pool is 8k gallons and we have a pentane pump.

    Could/should I bring down the pump time?

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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    Yes, a run time that produces one complete turnover of the entire 8000 gal will be Suficient.
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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    Another rule of thumb is 1 hour run time per 10 degrees of water temp. Mine gets about 10 hours of run time in heat of the summer. I use a timer to split the run times up. Experiment and go with whatever keeps YOUR water clear.
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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    I run my pump on low for 6 hours a day. It gives me about a 1/2 turn on a 16K gal pool and I'm more than happy with the quality of the water, etc.

    I'm in So. California - so we have more favorable weather than you do (not a drop of rain over 65*) - so you want to experiment a bit slowly but I can't see why you shouldn't run your pump for say 1hr on high and 6 to 8 hrs on low.

    Any idea as to your GPM on high vs low?
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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    >> pump runs 20hrs a day. 5 1/2hrs on high and the rest on low speed.

    I run 3 days a week at 24 hours/day (11 GPM) and the other days 10 hours/day (21 GPM and 15 GPM). House is cooled to 21 C always and FPL bill hovers @ $100 each month, am located 200 km south of you.

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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    Quote Originally Posted by susa
    >> pump runs 20hrs a day. 5 1/2hrs on high and the rest on low speed.

    I run 3 days a week at 24 hours/day (11 GPM) and the other days 10 hours/day (21 GPM and 15 GPM). House is cooled to 21 C always and FPL bill hovers @ $100 each month, am located 200 km south of you.
    Holy cow! We are at $300 a month. I do use our HE washer almost daily.
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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    Quote Originally Posted by ROB N
    Yes, a run time that produces one complete turnover of the entire 8000 gal will be Suficient.
    How do I figure that out?
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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    Quote Originally Posted by lightingguy

    Any idea as to your GPM on high vs low?
    How do I read this chart?
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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    To read that chart you would need to have 1 of the pumps listed and know what your head is.

    What kind of RPM is your VS running on low? EDIT - never mind. I missed your SIG - it's a 2 speed not VS. /Edit

    Honestly it kinda doesn't matter much. The 5 hrs on high is where all the money is going.

    Keep the chems in line and cut the pump by 50% to start. If your water is still great in a month reduce it further.

    I'd guess that 6 hrs on a low setting is probably 8K gallons - but that's total speculation based on my own pool.
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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    There is no question that you can cut your pump run time drastically. I guess that you only need four to six hours on low and that is it. The best way to find out is to experiment. When the chemistry is balanced and the water looks good, try cutting back to eight hours on low for a week and see what happens. If the water still looks great at the end of the week, try cutting back further.
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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    Run overnight, day time, when we are active in the pool, etc?

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    Re: Optimal pump run time?

    >> We are at $300 a month. I do use our HE washer almost daily.

    All my cooling and heating systems are inverters (compressors and blowers are all inverter controlled) and SEER 25 or higher & totally silent operation just like the IntelliFlow VF. One remaining large power consuming system is a 1.5 HP well sprinkler pump which I plan to replace. Also run our HE washer & dryer almost daily.

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