I think am interested in the EcoPump but I am surprised that the only information I can find is on their web site. I would have figured with the world wide web there would have been more independent information available or reviews or something. I managed to find one of the forms discussing the proper wiring. I noticed Jasonlion commented that the EcoPump was not the most economical, but didnít enlighten us with which pump he felt was and why.
So I am really confused on what to consider. I have had a 1 hp single speed 230V Jacuzzi Magnum pump for @10 years that I have replaced the motors on a couple times but the pump portion has finally died. I want something more energy efficient. I have an 18,000 gal outdoor in-ground pool in So FL. I use an offspring type cleaning system (i.e. sons w/hose and pole) well I actually have to do it if I want a decent job of it.
So this EcoPump site claims their pump only uses 1 amp for @ $753. EE pumps use @ 3-5 amps at a $450 range. Non-EE pumps draw much higher amps but can be had for @ $200. I am looking for economy of operation, but being able to recover my investment in a reasonable time frame. What about variable speed control boxes? I think they fall into the Prius category. Great economy but is it worth the extra up-front costs?
I am not too sure I understand this 2 speed pump theory. I am guessing you use full speed and higher amp draw to vacuum and run automatic cleaning equipment, but filter for longer periods at a low speed thus lower amp draw. Is that correct? But if I use the calculator tool to determine what HP and GPM I need for my pool and I determine that I can get away with a ĺ HP pump, how is that pump preforming at the lower speed?
Am I going to have to buy a new timer for a 2 speed pump?
I am interested in any enlightenment knowledgeable members are willing to offer