Hey everyone, first time posting so bear with me. I have been a pool owner for five years but to be frank, until now I had turned the entire thing over to a professional and ignored the whole subject. Well, the one thing I do know is that my energey cost were significant. I was running a one horsepower pump for a 40X20 pool with a typical deep end of 8 feet (I think this puts me in the 35,000 gallon range); no spa, waterfalls, cleaner. Pool has a lot of trees around it so there was a lot of stuff in the pool; which led to my pool guy running the pump at least 12 hours a day.
Well, a tree came down in a recent storm and crushed everything: pump, filter, pipes. When the tree people come to remove the tree I am having them pull at least ten other trees out in an effort to open the pool up to more sunlight and to reduce the dropping of stuff into the pool. (If it helps anyone, I live in Tallahassee, Florida, which is middle northern Florida).
I have decided to go with the intellflo pumps mainly because I am extremely interested in lowering my energy costs. The set up I am planning on installing is the following:
Pentair Intelliflo ? (not sure whether to go VS, or VS+SVRS or VF)
Pentair Clean and Clear 520 (is there a benefit with going to the clean and clear plus?)
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
I may go with an EasyTouch depending on how the above is set up and how the cost benefit analysis plays out and I may add a cleaner. Long term, I may add a heater.
The question that I cannot figure out is, how do I pick between the VS and the VF? I get that one controls the speed and one controls the flow. But, for someone who is a neophyte, how do I decide which is a better fit for my system? People seem to hint that the VF when set up appropriately is more efficient and has more options. But, if I plug the VS into the easytouch does it become as effective as the VF? If I get the VF should I not bother with the easytouch since my pool is so simple? Or is the VF overkill? Finally, if I go VS is the VS+SVRS option worth the extra money?
Thanks in advance for everyones help. I am just at a loss on how to make this one decision.