FLORIDA STATUE 553.909 (4)
"Residential swimming pool
filtration pumps and pump motors
manufactured and sold on or after
December 31, 2011, for installation
in this state must comply with the
requirements of the Florida Energy
Efficiency Code for Building Construction
EXCERPT FROM FLORIDA ENERGY CODE SECTION 403.9.4 (2010 EDITION)
WILL TAKE EFFECT MARCH 15, 2012
What does this mean for the Florida Pool Owner?
The new law applies to residential pumps and pump motors used for pool filtration...
Commercial pools, and pumps not used for filtration such as water features and
booster pumps for cleaners are not covered by this law. The law does not apply
to lawn sprinkler or domestic water system pumps
Pool pump motors shall not be split phase, shaded pole or capacitor start induction run
It doesen't say what is permitted but the only other present day widely available
technologies are inverter drive variable speed also known as variable frequency drive & (CSCR) capacitor start/capacitor run induction motors, (PSC) Permanent split capacitor or brushed motors(used in dc solar applications}
Pool pumps or pool pump motors 1 HP or larger must be capable of running
at 2 speeds or more...It appears a single speed motor will still be allowed
if the total HP is less than 1, provided the motor is not split phase, shaded pole or
capacitor start induction run...a 3/4 HP with a 1.3 SF or less would be permitted
if it was capacitor start/capacitor run..Total HP= .75 X 1.3=.975 (under 1 HP)
Does the code apply to replacement pumps and replacement motors on existing pools???
It depends on who interprets the code and what their opinion is... Since the code
is statewide and enforced by the local building officials, if you have a question
it is best to contact the building official serving your jurisdiction.
ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA BUILDING COMMISSION, If the cost of job does not exceed
30% of assessed value of pool structure,it does not have to meet energy code
requirements of 403.9.4
The intent of this new law is to reduce the need to build more power plants in Florida by reducing
the amount of electrical demand the more than 1.1 million pools require and at the same time
saving Floridians money on their electric bill each month---its a win win situation so they say
THE QUESTION IS: DO THESE MULTI SPEED PUMPS REALLY
SAVE ENERGY & HOW MUCH?
BECAUSE A LOT OF THE MANUFACTURERS TEST DATA IS LABORATORY
BASED AND MAY NOT REFLECT 'REAL WORLD CONDITIONS' WE SET UP
OUR OWN REAL WORLD, REAL POOL TEST IN CORAL SPRINGS FLORIDA
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