Firstly, let me say that reading this site has helped us tremendously while we are taking bids for our pool. Many thanks!
So, we have gotten two bids so far that are very comparable. Both builders use Jandy, but one uses a VS pump in its "standard build" (the VS-FHP2.0) and the other builder uses a single speed in its standard build (FHPM2.0).
The builder that uses the single speed says that pumps are, on average, going to go out in 4-6 years, so paying more for VS is not worth it in his opinion. That is where I need advice from you all. My thought process is that he would try to up-sell me to a VS pump if he could, but he's not. So how do I best decide which pump is "better"?? I suppose I need to ask what the upcharge would to go from the single to the VS pump and simply calculate if I can re-coup the extra cost of the pump via electricity savings over a reasonable time period - is it that easy? That's really the main (only?) reason to choose a VS over a single, right?
If I can recoup the costs in 3 yrs or less, then it seems like a no brainer for me.
The pool will be 16-17,000 gallons in Houston TX. Electricity rates are ~10 cts/kwh.