External vs. Submersible Pumps. Which one should you Use?
Article by: Brett Fogle
For many people, it's never been a question of whether to use a submersible pump , Patio Design and Patio Furniture - The Use of Focal Points vs. an external pump , The Hope Of A Single Crocus
because most people have smaller ponds , Blue Wild Flowers for Your Garden and are used to just using a submersible pump. , The Hope Of A Single Crocus
They're easy to install, and are pretty reliable - so why even consider an external pump?
There are a couple of reasons...
But before we go into that, let's briefly talk about the benefits of submersible pumps , Home Loans – Would You Buy A Home Without An Inspection? first. For obvious reasons, a submersible pump , Orchid Care - What The Roots Tell Us is named as such because it is designed to be placed in the pond, , Keeping The Weeds Out - A Must! and submerged under the water. , Building or Decorating Your Home Requires House Plans
These are the easiest of all pumps , Planting your Roses to install, just drop them in the water , Gardening: It may just be the best thing you can do for
yourself. and plug them in - and you're ready to do. Of course, you might have some quick plumbing , Welcome To Michigan to do, attaching a hose to the waterfall , Organic Roses in the Flower Garden or to a submersible filter (another article entirely), but other than that - that's pretty much all there is to it.
Submersible pumps , Down and Dirty Real World Clean Sweep for Work at Home Wome range in size or gallons per hour, from 50 GPH all the way up to 50,000 gallons per hour, but for most ponds , Keeping The Weeds Out - A Must! - pumps , How to Choose the Best Services anywhere from 350 GPH to 4000 GPH will do just fine...
So why might you also consider an external pump , Economic Recession or not, you Must be Creative to Survive instead?
Here are a couple reasons. First, external pumps , Welcome To Michigan can much more energy , Keeping The Weeds Out - A Must! efficient. Now, a typical swimming pool or spa pump , Orchid Care - What The Roots Tell Us won't usually fall , Planting your Roses into this category - so be careful not to compare apples to oranges! Pool pumps , How to protect stone floors from staining can also be huge energy , Building or Decorating Your Home Requires House Plans hogs, so always check the amps to compare different pumps , Create Show-stopping Indoor Flower Displays together. Anything over 10 amps will draw a significant amount of $$ out of your pocket every month in electrical costs.
The external pumps , Garage door openers--Buy the best gagage door opener only that we are talking about are designed specifically for ponds , Gardening Through A Drought Or How To Sprinkle Your Water Wisely and water gardens, , ing Through A Drought Or How To Sprinkle Your Water Wisely and are engineered for energy , The Problem with Partial Inspections! efficiency. I'm not sure why those folks in the swimming pool and spa industry haven't figured out how to , Finding a Murray Lawn Mower Part for Your Machine! this yet, but I'm sure they'll catch on sooner or later.
I'm inclined to think the average pond , Patio Design and Patio Furniture - The Use of Focal Points owner is a bit more intelligent than the average pool owner. Why else would someone choose a pool over a pond? Unless of course you have both, but at any rate - let's just assume that we're talking about external pond , Finding a Murray Lawn Mower Part for Your Machine! pumps here.
For comparison, a typical 4000 GPH (gallons per hour) submersible pond , Septic System Maintenance Secrets pump will typically draw anywhere from 10 amps all the way up to 15 amps, depending on the brand.
This can really burn a hole in your wallet (or pocketbook) on a monthly basis, and in some parts of the country will run you $50 - $70 in energy , "Free Plants, Seeds and Flowers" costs.
In contrast, a comparatively rated external pond , "Free Plants, Seeds and Flowers" pump like the William Lim Wave I External Pump. , How to Choose the Best Services It is rated at 4380 GPH at 3.47 feet of head, and only draws 2.3 amps - that's 3/4 less energy , Family Meal Planning consumption than the submersible pumps. , "Free Plants, Seeds and Flowers"
When you start getting into larger ponds, , Gardening - Lawn Maintenance Chores Part IV 1000 gallons up to 20,000 and above - it's usually a good idea to look into these more energy , Help With Buying A New Ceiling Fan efficient pumps. , Welcome To Michigan
For example, the 3/4 HP Dragon pump , Home Loans – Would You Buy A Home Without An Inspection? will move 7,770 GPH at almost 5 feet of head (and under pressure) and only burn 6.2 amps! That's impressive.
External pumps , How to protect stone floors from staining are almost always better for using with pressurized external filters as well, as submersible pumps , Heating a New Addition are not designed to handle all the back pressure. Other benefits of using an external pump , The Cranberry Viburnum Will Thrive In Horsham Pa include:
- Easy to clean without getting your hands messy
- Come with a removable leaf trap which clog less often
- Easy to hook up to bottom drains or surface skimmers
- Generally last longer, and easier to repair , Help With Buying A New Ceiling Fan / replace parts
So that's it, more than enough information , The Cranberry Viburnum Will Thrive In Horsham Pa for you to make an educated choice.
Just to recap:
For smaller ponds, , Home Loans – Would You Buy A Home Without An Inspection? and for simple installation and daily use, submersible pumps , Organic Roses in the Flower Garden are probably your best option. For larger ponds, , The American Arborvitae Grows well in Quakertown Pa. 1000 gallons and above, it may be worth looking into an external pump , Welcome To Michigan for your needs. Although they cost a little more on the front end, the energy , The American Arborvitae Grows well in Milan Pa. savings alone can often more than offset this increase in cost during the first year of use alone.
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Brett Fogle is the owner of MacArthur Water Gardens , Planting your Roses and several pond-related websites including macarthurwatergardens.com and pond-filters-online.com. He also publishes a free monthly newsletter called PondStuff! with a reader circulation of over 9,000 pond , Gardening: It may just be the best thing you can do for
yourself. owners. To sign up for the free newsletter and receive a complimentary 'New Pond , Planting your Roses Owners Guide' for joining, just visit MacArthur Water Gardens , Going to the Chapel and They’re Going to Buy a Mattress at www.macarthurwatergardens.com.
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