As you can see from my signature, I am in the process of finalizing plans for a new pool so I have many questions:
1.) My PB wants to give me a Superpump II 1.5hp 2-speed with timer, but from all my research a VS is the way to go, which would eliminate the need for a separate timer as well. One of my concerns, is that due to the flow switch on the AquaRite SWCG, the low setting on a 2-speed may not be enough to flip the switch, whereas a VS would allow me to "dial down" the flow to minimize flow while allowing for chlorine generation. Does this make sense, or not be a reason for a VS pump? Should I only expect to generate chlorine when I am running high speed during cleaning operation?
2.) For a 10k gal pool with spa, is the Hayward Tristar enough pump or should I go with the Ecostar? I noticed right now on Amazon the Ecostar is only $50 more, so my main concern is it possible for the ecostar to be oversized for my application? My thought is the Ecostar is the way to go to help maximize flow to the Spa Jets when I need to.
3.) With this setup I expect to have 4 suction points (Vacuum Side Cleaner, Skimmer, Pool Drain, Spa Drain) and two return paths (Pool Jets, Spa Jets, Spa Bubbler). So here's my question is there a valve configuration I can leave in place for long term operation without adjusting, or should I plan on having some form of automation for my 3-way valves? I envisioned running my pump on high speed for 3-4 hours for a clean cycle then on a low flow cycle for the rest of the run time without adjusting valves - is this possible?