Hey Everyone -
Due to some problems with our water chemistry we went ahead and drained our pool. At the same time, we replaced the sand in our Triton II TR100HD filter (all 600lbs of it) and also ordered a complete AutoPilot SWG system with automated chemical system. The SWG was sized for a 52,000 gallon pool but ours is a tad over 31K. I am planning on redoing all of the electrical (pool was inherited with the house we bought) and the electrical, timers, etc are not really up to our specs. We only have 240V at the pump area.
We replaced our pool vac with a Dolphin Oasis Z5 robotic unit, so we will no longer need to run our pump to vacuum the pool.
Right now we are running a 1.5HP Pentair WisperFlo single speed pump and in the course of looking at all of the upgrades we are doing we are thinking that going with a VS pump may well be worth the cost savings in electrical consumption. Our electric bill in the summer months with a lot of pool usage (we have seven kids and for some reason they all have a LOT of friends, so our pool get a lot of summertime use) is eye-watering and is directly related to the extended pump run times we have had to use to keep the pool clean.
There have been many threads here on TFP about VS vs 2-speed vs single speed and I was hoping someone with a SWG system and a robotic cleaner might have moved from a single speed to a VS and can give me the pros and cons on moving to a VS pump. I was looking at the Pentair Inteliflow VF pump.
I am hoping that by removing load from the pump (no more vacuum) that I can now move towards some energy savings (over time) by going with a VS pump.