With variable speed pumps dominating the pool industry on energy efficiency and savings, it is no surprise that manufacturers are improving the quality and the longevity of their variable speed pumps. Speck Pumps are taking things to the next level with their latest pump, the Badu EcoMV. The Badu EcoMV is Speck’s answer to the popular green revolution happening in variable speed pumps today. Inspired by German engineers, the Badu EcoMV is quiet and efficient, yet powerful enough to operate on a variety of pool sizes. So, what exactly makes the Badu EcoMV different than the other variable speeds being released? Is Speck’s Badu EcoMV variable speed pump for you? Let’s explore.
Speck Pumps is one of the leading international manufacturers of high-quality pumps used for industrial and commercial applications. A cool fact that you might not know is Speck Pumps actually had one of their pumps launched into space with American astronauts. Since the early 1900s, Speck Pumps has been a symbol of innovation, customization, and market-specific products. The Badu EcoMV is no exception.
Today, Speck is utilizing their commercial grade technology and quality and infusing them into their residential applications.
Why to Consider the EcoMV Variable Speed Pump
The Speck Badu EcoMV is a high performance, medium head pump that comes complete with a mechanical shaft seal unique to Speck. The shaft seal allows the pump to run dry for up to one hour. This is like a secret additional security measure for pumps that may have been mistreated or forgotten. The Badu EcoMV can be used in saltwater pools with a salt concentration of up to 5000 ppm. Additionally, the pump parts are made of 100% recyclable plastic. It is non-corrosive and chemical and UC resistant. It can also withstand temperatures of up to 175 F.
It is apparent that Speck truly cares about the longevity and lifespan of their products simply from the choices they made when manufacturing the EcoMV. It’s durable, lightweight, and non-corrosive. Each pump is tested before it leaves the Speck factory to minimize the number of defective pumps right out of the box. Even more, there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty on the motor and all pump parts, including normal wear of the mechanical seal.
The Speck Badu EcoMV has two different motor options. One runs at 2.4 total horsepower while the other runs at 3.4 total horsepower. Both operate the same.
- A lock ring that incorporates a handle to provide the user with a convenient way to remove the lid.
- 2” quick disconnect unions are provided with optional 3” unions available
- The impeller is made with a dielectric shaft sleeve that provides absolute separation between your pool water and the pump’s electric parts.
- It is equipped with a DC motor 2.4/3.45 THP US Motors’ EcoTech EZ motor with built-in controller and LCD screen.
- Freeze protection feature will run motor at 30% flow
- Keypad that can be locked for safety purposes
Usability is the means of making products and systems easier to use, matching them closer to user needs and requirements. In short, it is a product that a specified user can achieve specific goals with effectiveness and efficiency. So how does Specks EcoMV usability stand up to other pumps?
Overall, the EcoMV Variable Speed pump is simpler than other variable speed pumps with a controller. For instance, let’s look at the Pentair Intelliflo. The Intelliflo is a great pump that has the ability to program up 8 different speed settings. Who actually needs or uses the 8 different speed settings? My guess is not too many. The Speck EcoMV has fewer options and customizations therefore, less things to go wrong.
Programming the EcoMV pump is simple and straightforward for the average pool owner. You can program five different time settings for your pump: 2 settings for Monday-Friday, 2 for Saturday and Sunday, and 1 customary setting. In many cases, your pool pump is ran the same time every day, leaving you with well enough settings for your pool application.You can see better, in-depth instructions on programming the controller in the manual.
What the Customer Is Actually Saving
One of the first questions we often hear is, “How much money does a variable speed pump actually save me?” That is a valid question. Before making large purchases, customers often time compare the initial costs versus the overall costs down the line. Sometimes, paying more money up front will save you more money in the long run. This is the case for the Speck EcoMV Variable Speed pump.
Hawaii Case Study
A case study was done in Hawaii showing the amount of money a pool owner actually saved once they switched their current pump to the Speck EcoMV Variable Speed pump. In Hawaii, the cost of energy is very high at an average of $.36 per kWh. At the time, the pool had a 1 HP century pool pump operating their pool. Based on the specs on the motor label, it was determined that the pump was running at 230 V at 7.8 Amps. Let’s do some calculations together
- 1 HP operating at 1794 Watts (Volts x Amps or 230 x 7.8) Cost of Electricity – $0.36 per kWh
- Convert Watts to Kilowatts: 1794 W/1000= 1.794 KW
- 1.794 KW x $.36= $.65/ hr
- $.65 per hour at 8 hours a day= $5.17 per day to operate the pump.
Once the Speck EcoMV was installed on this customer’s pool, it was set to run at 8 hours a day at 30% (or 1035 RPM)
- The EcoMV operating at its lowest speed (1035 RPM) at 111 Watts. Cost of Electricity – $.36 per kWh
- Convert Watts to Kilowatts: 111 W / 1000 = .111 kW
- .111 kW X $.36 = 0.03996 = $.04 / hr
- $.04 per hour at 8 hours a day= $.32 per day to operate the pump
In this particular case study, when considering overall costs for the month, the pool owner was able to save approximately $145.50a month on their electricity bill by switching from a single speed pump to the Speck EcoMV Variable Speed pump. With these type of savings, you tend to earn the money you initially paid within the first 6 months of use. That is what we call true savings.
Speck Pump’s Badu EcoMV Variable Speed pump uses the “less is more” mantra. It’s construction is sturdy, reliable, and made with the intention to last over harsh weather conditions. It’s usability is streamlined and operates under minimal controls. Overall, the EcoMV has proven to be energy efficient and an easy way to save money on your electricity bill. For us, that is a win-win situation.