Generally, I run my equipment at 1700 RPMs for 10 hours. I run this with the saltwater generator set at 50% for 10 hours. In my case, 1700 RPM’s is the minimum I can do to reliably activate the saltwater generator and filter the pool.
Keeping this in consideration, how do you program a Hayward Tristar variable speed pump?
Then, what is a good schedule for a variable speed pool pump?
Variable speed pumps
Variable speed pool pumps should run longer, based upon the operating speed. Most pool owners run their variable speed pump for 12 hours per day (3-4 hours on high speed for the pool cleaning system and 8-9 hours on low speed for filtration).
How do you size a variable speed pool pump?
Calculate the minimum flow rate required for water turnover in your pool by dividing the total number of gallons in the pool by the total minutes — 480 — in eight hours. This equates to a minimum flow rate of 46 gallons per minute for a 22,000 gallon pool.
Heat transfer efficiency is higher with higher flow rates. However, you have to look at total efficiency and cost. It may be worth the extra heat loss to run the pump at lower speeds.
This high speed operation helps allow the pump to prime and establish normal water flow. Freeze Protection: This function protects the pool, plumbing, and equipment against freeze damage.
The lever should be on the ‘Filter’ setting most of the time. This is the setting that provides normal pool filtration by pushing the water through the filter media (sand, glass beads or D.E) that then traps any dirt and debris before the water is returned to the pool.
The best time to run your pool pump is during the warmest hour of the day; however, keep in mind that this means you will have higher energy consumption, which may lead to an increase in your electric bill. If you want to save on your energy costs, you can run your pool pump at night to avoid peak hours.
MAX SPEED – The max allowed speed can be changed by pressing + or –. Once you have selected the max speed, press > to move on to minimum speed. Note: You may want to test the speeds by running the pump before programming the max and minimum speeds. Salt systems and heaters have minimum and max flow rates.
However, it is important to note that a variable speed pool pump should ideally be running 24 hours a day to ensure proper and optimal water circulation. When your pool pump is not running, the water is sitting stagnant in your pool allowing bacteria to survive and grow.
Since a variable speed Hayward pool pump can operate at speeds as low as 600 RPM, it will also be much quieter than a single speed pump that runs at 3,450 RPM. Generally speaking, higher RPMs equals more noise and that is certainly not what anyone wants out of their pool pump.
The size of your pool, the efficiency of your pump and filter, and how dirty your pool is are just some of the factors you need to consider. Nevertheless, most pool cleaning professionals would advise against running a pool pump for more than 8 hours a day.