Owning a Pool

With summer almost here, it’s time to start thinking about checking your pool equipment to make sure it’s in working condition – after all, where else will your family and friends go to cool off if not in your back yard? Hopefully, opening your pool for the season will be smooth sailing. Because this year, if you find that your pool pump needs replacement, you may be in for some serious sticker shock.

Title 44, the subject of today’s article, was recently passed by the Arizona Legislature and went into effect on January 1, 2012. It requires new energy-efficient standards for residential pool pumps and motors, and portable electric spas. Although these standards are new to Arizona, similar regulations have been passed in California and other states, as well.

Fortunately, the new Arizona law does not require anyone to change his or her current equipment while it’s still in working condition. Instead, it mandates that any pool pumps with one or more horsepower that are installed on or after January 1, 2012 have a dual-speed motor or better. Going forward, single-speed pumps will no longer be allowed to be installed.

Pool Pump Replacement

The toughest pill to swallow with this new regulation is going to be the cost of the new pool pumps. During an already difficult economy, Title 44 will require homeowners to fork over between $1,200 to $1,400 for their new equipment.

New Cost of Owning a Pool in Arizona

But before you start to worry about the new higher price, take heart in the silver lining. The goal of this new law is two-fold.

  • The first part of the goal is to save energy, and as most of us can agree, that’s a good thing.
  • The second part of the goal is that the higher efficiency standards ultimately translate into long-term savings for homeowners. Depending on how you adjust your pool timer, dual-speed and variable speeds motors may allow you to reduce your electricity bill, and thereby help you recoup the money you spent on the new equipment. For guidance on this, I suggest you stop by your local pool supply company, or if you have your pool maintained professionally, ask them to help you.

Is it still worth it to own a pool in Arizona? Even with the increased initial cost, I think it is. And the next time the temperature tops 110 degrees, you may think so, too. Happy swimming!