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Comparing Cycle Stop Valves And Smart Pumps

Cycle stop valves and smart pumps are two of the most common types of well pumps. Though they both seek to provide a constant, efficient supply of water to your home, they operate in different manners. This means that each type of well pump has a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages. Knowing what the differences are between both types of well pumps can help you determine which one is the best fit for your well.

Cycle Stop Valves

Sometimes also referred to as constant pressure valves, cycle stop valves are designed to provide water to your well's pressure tank as it is needed. This basically means that as long as the water pressure in your well's tank is high enough to move water into your home's plumbing, the cycle stop valve will remain closed. As soon as the water pressure falls below a certain point, the valve will turn on and pump water into the tank. This method of turning on only as needed helps reduce the amount of wear that your pump experiences, and also helps reduce your energy bills. Cycle stop valves also tend to be fairly affordable, though their exact price will depend on the model, power, and flow rate of the unit.

However, because they only kick in at a certain point, it is possible for the water pressure within your home to gradually fall before suddenly being restored, which can be annoying. Furthermore, since a certain amount of water is removed from the pressure tank before the pump kicks in, it is possible that a cycle stop valve is not able to keep up with large amounts of water usage.

Smart Pumps

Smart pumps are designed to maintain a constant level of pressure within your well's water pressure tank. This means that they will monitor the pressure levels and the amount of water that is flowing out of the tank, and will provide an equal amount of water flowing into the tank, speeding up or slowing down depending on demand. This means that smart pumps are better able to meet high levels of demand when compared to cycle stop valves are.

However, it should be noted that smart pumps are always monitoring water pressure, and will run more often than cycle stop valves, which can cause your energy bills to rise over time. Furthermore, smart pumps are more expensive when compared to cycle stop valves, and the installation process is much more involved, further driving up the initial cost. This makes smart pumps less than ideal for homeowners with a budget.

To learn more, contact a company like R Acres Plumbing Company LLC