Hello pool experts and thank you for the excellent forum!
I am a complete newbie attempting to select a replacement pool pump, i admit to being an efficiency fanatic - and i also realize how complicated an issue it is.
Our in-ground pool is about 23,000 gallons, the pump is about 20 feet from the skimmer, and various calculators seem to indicate we need about 50 GPM for the traditional "turnover in 8 hours" filtration plan. Oh, and the ancient in-ground plumbing appears to be 1.5" copper, which i know needs replacement but not this year.
Comparing those calculations to available pumps, and allowing for future improvements, i am convinced that variable speed is the way to go. Thanks to the reference to the CEC data and picking from the top of the "Curve-C Energy Factor" sort, i have come up with the following short list:
ECO H@O-VS-100003-BK - but there is no info on how or where to buy one!
Hayward TriStar VS SP3200VSP - $838 online price
Pentair SuperFloVS 342000 - $660 online price
Waterway Plastics ECONVSC-165 - no online sellers found
Hayward Max-Flo VS SP2300VSP - $615 online price
Speck Pumps Badu EcoM3 V - $600 - $800 online price range (?)
So far i am leaning toward the Pentair, but i like the ability to remote the control panel from the Hayward TriStar, and i notice on this forum that the Hayward Max-flo seems to be very popular.
Any advice or comments are greatly appreciated!