If you are looking for a variable speed swimming pool pump, then you should take a look at the Pentair IntelliFlo VS SVRS. I’m going to be discussing this high efficiency pool pump that claims to save you up to 90% on your energy bill.
Let’s look at some of the features of the Pentair 011017 IntelliFlo pump.
- The Pentair intelliflo high-performance pool pump is ultra-quiet and comes with 4 variable speeds to save up to 90-percent of the energy costs.
- Built-in diagnostics protect the IntelliFlo pump from the most common causes of premature failure; overheating, freezing and voltage irregularities.
- Compatible with IntelliTouch, EasyTouch , and SunTouch pool control systems; easy to program and operate.
- Features a built-in safety vacuum release system to automatically detect drain blockage and shut the pump off
- Ability to program the exact pump speeds for specific operation such as filtering, heating, cleaning, spa jets, water features, and more.
Watch the short video for the Pentair IntelliFlo swimming pool pump.
For years single speed pumps were all there was. The problem with single speed pumps are just that, they run one speed and it is all out to move the water through the filtration process. With this pump you have 4 speeds to choose. This allows the pump to work less, therefore, using less electricity and saving you money.
The Pentair Intelliflo VS pump w/ timer comes with 8 programmable timer settings. You are in more control of when the system will run and the speed. There is an arrow button to control the speed settings. It can take a little to get used to but once you do the benefits are huge.
This is a very quite running pump with a low 7 to 10 decibels. Of course, when the pump is running full speed it is a little louder. The wattage used and pump speed will appear on the display screen. You will be able to see the rpm’s and the amount of watts you are currently using.
This Pentair IntelliFlo variable speed pump combines variable drive technology, onboard digital intelligence, and permanent magnet motors (used in hybrid cars) to reduce pump-related energy costs by up to 90%. The new IntelliFlo VS+SVRS model is the first swimming pool pump to feature a built-in Safety Vacuum Release System that detects drain blockage and automatically shuts the pump off.
This pump complies with the Virgina Graeme Baker Safety Act. There aren’t any SVRS calibrations needed because the built-in SVRS system cannot be turned off.
From the Pentair website:
Standard pool pumps can consume as much energy as all other home appliances combined, often costing residential pool owners more than $1,000 per year! IntelliFlo pumps can typically cut energy use up to 90%, generally saving up to $1,500 in utility costs annually…more where rates are higher than average.*
*Savings based on variable speed pump compared to a single-speed pump running 12 hours per day at an average of $0.16 per kWh in a 20,000 gallon pool. Actual savings may vary based on local utility rates, pool size, pump run time, pump horsepower, pump RPM, plumbing size and length, pump model, service factor and other hydraulic factors.
Cons for the Pentair variable speed pump
If you have a solar pool heater or an in floor cleaning system this pump is not designed or recommended to work it because it will trip the shut off mechanism. This information can be found in the pump manual and is not mentioned on any sales page or on the box. it can be found in the Pentair intelliflo vs svrs manual.
This pump has the built in SVRS protection, which is great because it prevent’s the possibility of drowning from the swimmers getting stuck by dangerous suction lines such as the main drain. This feature can possibly shut down the pump when an automatic pool cleaner is hooked up to the system. If this happens be sure to check the speed at which you are trying to vacuum the pool. You will need to increase the speed of the pump.
When you first run this pump it will be a little awkward with the settings but, once you have it down, it is hard to beat it.
Overall the Pentair Intelliflo VS SVRS variable speed pool pump has the DiscountPoolSuppliesNow seal of approval. A pump like this, how could it not be. It has a 4.3 out of 5 stars on most website’s. When you purchase this pump you should be able to pay for itself in the first year and if not, definitely by the end of the second season.
I hope the Pentair Intelliflo svrs reviews we presented has helped in making your decision. Yes, this pool pump is on the pricey side, but you should get it all back from the savings on your monthly electric bills.