Before you can get into the pool, a lot goes into ensuring it’s ready for use. The first thing most people think about is getting the water clean and clear. But did you know that your pool pump is also one of the most important pieces? Without it, your whole pool would be a mess! In order to have a fun swim this summer, you need to think about a few factors before choosing which pump is best for you.

Type

The type of pool pump you need depends on the size of your pool, the kind of filter and many other factors. There are three main types of pumps: diaphragm, submersible, and pressure. These factors determine the best choice for your pool.

If you have a relatively small swimming pool (less than 20 feet by 40 feet), then a diaphragm or submersible pump will fit your needs perfectly. If your swimming area is more significant than that or has more demanding requirements like a spa or hot tub, then it would be better to look into pressure or jetted pumps that can handle higher flow rates with greater efficiency.

Size

Size is the first thing to consider when purchasing a pool pump. Size refers to the size of your pool, filter, tank and piping (if any). A pump’s optimal performance relies on the volume of water it can move in a given period. When this volume is too low for the pump’s flow rate setting, it could struggle with its workload or even stop working altogether.

Choose a model with twice as much horsepower as you require as a general guideline. You’ll also want to ensure that your selected model has an appropriately sized motor—one with too much horsepower won’t do much good if a little motor overworks it!.

Horsepower

The next thing you’ll want to consider is the horsepower of the pool pump. The more horsepower, the better since it will be more efficient and less expensive in the long run.

  • High-horsepower pumps are costly. A higher price tag comes with reason; these pumps are generally more robust, can remove a significant amount of water from your pool during each cycle, and operate at lower temperatures than their lower-powered counterparts.
  • Low-horsepower pumps are generally less expensive than their high-horsepower counterparts because they do not need to be as large or powerful to function correctly. They also perform at higher temperatures because they don’t have as many energy consumption requirements, which means they cost less over time!

Voltage

The voltage is one of the most crucial factors to consider when purchasing a pool pump. If your pump’s voltage doesn’t match your pool’s, it won’t work correctly and could even be dangerous. Many pumps are available in 110V and 220V options, but some offer higher voltages. For example, some pumps have been designed with 240V and 110V and 220V compatibility, which means they’re suitable for use anywhere in North America (and other parts of the world).

Filter pumps

Filter pumps are designed to filter out any debris that has made its way into your pool. They also remove contaminants and ensure that your swimming experience is as pleasant as possible. Filter pumps create a vacuum pressure that draws in water from a pool filtration system, which then passes through an internal pump to filter out dust and other particulates before being returned to the pool’s circulation system. If you choose not to use one of these pumps, you’ll have to perform manual cleaning regularly so algae or bacteria will not overrun your pool. Some models even come with automatic timers to run themselves without anyone at home!

It would be best to consider these factors before buying a pool pump. Make sure you understand these so you can make the right choice when it comes time to purchase one.