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Benefits of Variable Speed Pool Pumps

Your pool pump is extremely important. That’s why choosing the right type of pump is one of the most key decisions you will make for your pool — and your wallet. A recent trend among pool owners is installing a variable speed pool pump. These pumps are a great option for many pools, and they'll soon be increasing in popularity. After July 19, 2021, new federal regulations will require manufacturers to produce pool pumps that meet or exceed minimum energy efficiency requirements. In short, single speed pumps greater than 1.0 total horsepower (THP) will need to be replaced by variable speed pumps. You can learn more about the new legislation on our blog, Pool Pump Regulation Changes for 2021.

Not sure where to start? No problem. We’ll help you learn about the benefits of variable speed pumps so you can decide if one is right for you.

Key benefits include:

Save Energy and Money
Energy and Money Savings

Leslie's Pool Filtration
Better and Quieter Filtration

Programing Feature
Easy and Convenient Programming

Variable Speed Pool Pumps Save Energy and Money

This is obviously the most important benefit of variable speed pumps. Single speed pool pumps operate at full horsepower whenever they’re on, but with a variable speed pump, you control the speed, allowing you to run at lower speeds when the pump doesn’t need to handle demanding tasks.

Variable speed pumps are extremely efficient, with most being Energy Star Certified. This efficiency saves you money in the form of lower utility bills and rebates. That’s never a bad thing.

But are the savings really enough to justify a higher up-front cost? The short answer is yes. Variable speed pool pumps are proven to have saved more than 80% in annual energy costs in some cases. This means you can make up the cost of the pump in less than two years.

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See just how much you can save by plugging in your state and the details of your pool to our energy savings calculator.

PRO TIP: Variable speed pumps may qualify you for utility rebates from your power company. Contact your utilities provider to learn about special programs.

Variable Speed Pumps Comply with Federal Regulations

In addition to saving you money, the energy savings also ensure that you are following federal and state regulations.

Starting in July, 2021, variable speed pumps will be required on all installations of new and replacement in-ground pool filter pumps. The requirements are part of a mandate from the Department of Energy that focuses on minimum efficiency standards for U.S. homes and businesses.

PRO TIP: Learn more about the regulations going into effect in 2021 and how they might impact you and your pool. For questions or additional information, contact or visit your local Leslie’s store.

Variable Speed Pumps Filter Better and Quieter

With variable speed pumps, your water is essentially moving and filtering all day, often at slower speeds. Moving water is healthier water, and slower water flow allows your filter to more easily grab debris and particles.

Those slower speeds also mean a quieter operation. Some single speed pumps create quite a bit of noise when they’re running, which isn’t always ideal for you or your neighbors. Needing faster speeds only for demanding tasks means your pool can be the source of peace you want more often.

Programming Options are Easy and Convenient

Speaking of having a quieter, more peaceful pool when you want it, many variable speed pool pumps come with standard programming features that allow you to fully control when and how your pump operates.

You can program your pump to switch speeds automatically, run at higher speeds only during the times that you set, and adjust for functions and features that require higher speeds — such as vacuuming, turning on your waterfall, etc.

And with the advancements in technology, using these programs is easy and convenient. On some options, you program the pump right there on the equipment itself; on others, you can use your smartphone, smart watch, or even your favorite voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri.


All of these benefits show why a decision to switch to or continue using a variable speed pool pump is a good one.

Want to dig a little deeper and find a specific model that fits your needs? Check out Leslie’s full selection of variable speed pumps from which to choose.

For more information or questions about all things variable speed pumps, contact or visit your local Leslie’s store.