I'm hoping that some of the experts here can help me with my equipment choices for our upcoming pool build. We are having an engineer draw up our plans now in anticipation of doing an owner build, and I want to make sure I've got all the equipment covered before I send the plans out to the subs for bids.
Our pool will be basic, but big. About 127' perimeter, 927 sq ft, and about 40K gallons. It will have two lighted bubblers, a slide, Pentair's biggest SWG and their biggest cartridge filter. It will also have 2-3 LED lights in the pool. No spa. Not sure how many skimmers and returns yet, but we are going the robot route. Possibly plumbing for a pressure side cleaner to give us options down the road.
As for equipment:
I'm considering the Intelliflo XF since my plumbing will be sized big enough to benefit from it and it has the on board programmable controls. I think it also has freeze protection, but I'm not certain. Living in Dallas, I definitely need freeze protection, one way or another. I know this pump is more than I need, but I've read that it's efficient, can be run as low as I need it, and with the onboard controls, I don't have to buy an external timer with freeze protection (I think.). If I don't get the Intelliflo XF or VS, I know I at least want a 2 speed Pentair pump, but I don't know which model or size would be best. From what I had seen, it really wasn't that much more to upgrade to the VS, and then the XF.
Only recently I've begun considering the EasyTouch automation only because I've heard that the SWG benefits from the finer adjustments you can make with it. Maybe that's not a big deal though. Automating the lights would also be a nice perk. But if I get this automation, do I need the controls that the intelliflo XF has? I figured I would integrate the automation with the SWG, but I think the only integrated version for the largest SWG is with the spa combination. That is more than I need, but I'll have to look into whether getting the units separately is a savings, and worth not having them together for ease of use.
Pentair's largest cartridge. I'd prefer not to waste water and chemicals by back washing, and I'm a little concerned about possible salt accumulation that would result to our trees and landscaping.
I need to look into this for the equipment. I know I need it, but have to figure out what to get and were it gets installed.
Any insight you could offer would be much appreciated!