Whether you are an existing TPS customer with a pool or a valued customer building a new pool, you will find this article of value. Effective December 2011- all new installed pool pumps are required to be a more efficient variable-speed, two-speed model rather than older single-speed pumps.
The new Florida law requires that all new and replacement pool pump installations rated at one horsepower or more, must switched to the newer mandated design.
So if you have a swimming pool expect major changes concerning the way your repairs MUST be done to comply with the new Florida Energy act that takes effect July 1, 2011.
The new requirements focus on making pools more energy efficient. Although your initial cost for this new type equipment is higher your actual cost savings can be significant over time.
The average Trusted Pool and Spa customer with a 15,000 gallon swimming pool (now using a 1.5 HP pump) may save over $425.00 per year (in electricity costs alone) after installation of the newly mandated pump equipment. You can calculate your approximate savings by clicking on the following link: http://www.pentairpool.com/pool-pro/dealer-resources/calculators/pool-pump-calc/index.html
The Energy Act of 2008 (HB 7135) directed the Florida Building Commission to adopt pool pump efficiencies in the 2010 Building Code. The committee also looked at heater efficiency and hydraulic system standards. The result of this work was the passage of Florida Statue (FS) 553.909; specifically subsection (3) and (4).
You can read the complete FS 553.909 at: http://archive.flsenate.gov/
For your convenience, we have copied Florida Statutes 553.909 paragraphs (3) and (4) below:
(4) Pool pump motors shall not be split-phase, shaded-pole, or capacitor start-induction run types. Residential pool pumps and pool pump motors with a total horsepower of 1 HP or more shall have the capability of operating at two or more speeds with a low speed having a rotation rate that is no more than one-half of the motor's maximum rotation rate. Residential pool pump motor controls shall have the capability of operating the pool pump at a minimum of two speeds. The default circulation speed shall be the residential filtration speed, with a higher speed override capability being for a temporary period not to exceed one normal cycle or 120 minutes, whichever is less; except that circulation speed for solar pool heating systems shall be permitted to run at higher speeds during periods of usable solar heat gain.
(3) Commercial or residential swimming pool pumps or water heaters sold after July 1, 2011, shall comply with the requirements of this subsection. Natural gas pool heaters shall not be equipped with constantly burning pilots. Heat pump pool heaters shall have a coefficient of performance at low temperature of not less than 4.0. The thermal efficiency of gas-fired pool heaters and oil-fired pool heaters shall not be less than 78 percent. All pool heaters shall have a readily accessible on-off switch that is mounted outside the heater and that allows shutting off the heater without adjusting the thermostat setting.
If you have any other questions about any equipment repairs and how this law effects you, just email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and have a great holiday season!!!
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