I have become totally confused when it comes to replacing our old 1.25 HP 110v pump. We have an 8,000 gallon semi-in ground pool which is 4' deep ( water is at that constant depth), and is 12.5'x21.5' in dimension. There is a salt generator and a solar system with panels on a flat roof around 10' high and 20 or 30 feet or so from the pump. There is an electrical conduit running to the pump area which supplies electricity to 4 110v outlets (GFI protected). No pool house, pump and sand filter are hiding in bushes along with a Goldline automation box and a Zodiac salt generator.
- 110v 2 speed pump which is quiet, preferably with an electrical cord that I would just plug in to a 3 prong outlet. The confusion arises as I keep seeing 220v pumps when you go to 2-speed or variable speed pumps. The pump is below the water so an inground pool pump could be used if necessary, but I really don't want 220v.
- what HP could I get away with? 1?
We live in Toronto, Canada but we travel to the USA a lot so we could get the pump there, if required. It seems that the moment I mention two speed pumps up here the dealers keep talking 220v.
Hayward, Pentair, etc... would be fine. Do the multi-speed pumps have to be inside a shed or can they live outside since I assume they have more electronics that can break?
I have seen some interesting claims about something called an EcoPump. Almost sounds unbelievable. Does anyone know anything about it?
The main aim here is not saving money but rather getting a quiet pump. Of course saving money would also be nice. We run the pump 8-10 hours a day and electricity is around 11 cents/kwh.
Sorry for the unfocused post. I never thought pumps could be this complicated.
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