Pentair celebrates a decade of IntelliFlo


By Alice Richard
Thursday, 06 October, 2016

It’s been 10 years since Pentair launched its IntelliFlo variable-speed pump. With hundreds of thousands of units sold worldwide, Pentair said initial theories that the cost might discourage potential customers have been well and truly disproved.

For the pump’s 2005 launch, Pentair invested in extensive publicity and training for the pool industry. This training focused on the long-term benefits of the pump, and also outlined the business opportunity in new and retrofit installation. Pentair said that as a result of this, it maintained the industry’s only integrated variable-speed pump for five years in a row.

Surprisingly, pool owners have quickly grasped the concept of the true cost of ownership: the cost of owning energy-consuming equipment is not the cost of the energy it consumes, nor its capital cost, but the sum of amortised capital cost, energy and maintenance costs. The largest of these is always the cost of the energy the equipment uses over its lifetime.

According to Pentair’s calculations, since 2005, IntelliFlo pool pumps have saved more than 4.2 billion kWh, equivalent to the energy used by 147,000 homes in a year, or the output of four electrical power stations. At $0.18 per kWh, estimated savings per pump range from $248 to $640 per year.

Pentair attributes the uptake of the IntelliFlo in the residential market to the pump’s ability to reduce its speed and therefore energy consumption when the pool is not in use.

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