I realize that this question has been asked in multiple forms, and I've read through many threads already. Pretty sure which direction I'd like to go, but in the interest of not overspending on this purchase (don't really have the extra $$ right now), I thought I'd put my specifics out there for you guys to chime in and give me your thoughts.
I need to start by saying that I've been needing to log in and let you all know that this site, and you guys, absolutely made our summer last year! I'll post soon in the testimonials area with my complete story, but the short version is that I went from fighting a newly owned pool (we bought the house last March) that even had my pool guy scratching his head after the 3rd bloom to a completely crystal clear pool that I added NOTHING to from the middle of July until I closed it around October!!!!
So... My current dilemma. I had my son turn on the pump and Polaris while I was at work last Fall only to realize when I returned home that I completely forgot to have him open the valves in the lines! OOPS! So, we fried the pump. Fortunately, it was about time to close the pool anyways, so I just did what any smart pool owner would do. I came here and learned how to close the pool. But, it's now time to decide on a pump and get it installed. I hope to open the pool up in the next several weeks. It is covered with a solid cover, and I peeked under the edge of it the other day and was pleased to see it still appears to be crystal clear.
Based on what I have read so far, I am fairly certain I want to go with a VS pump. I had been leaning toward a 2 speed, but it seems that the VS pumps will last longer, run even more efficiently and won't have the need for an additional timer. I've also read that a VS is much more fitting for (and possibly necessary for) SWG systems due to the minimum flow requirements. So, now I'm left trying to choose exactly which model to go with. I am planning to install it myself. I understand that it will affect the manufacturer's warranty, and as much as I don't like it, I'm willing to accept that.
Here are the 3 that I've narrowed it down to so far:
Pentair IntelliFlo 011018 - Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump 011018 | Pentair 011018
Pentair SuperFlo VS 342001 - Pentair SuperFlo VS Pump 342001 | Pentair 342001
Hayward MaxFlo VS SP2302VSP - Hayward MaxFlo VS Pump SP2302VSP | Hayward SP2302VSP
My pool specs are in my signature. I do not have any additional water features, nor do I anticipate adding any. I'm pretty sure my lines are 1.5" PVC. I'm leaning towards the Pentair SuperFlo which is the cheapest at around $650. It has great reviews and appears to be able to do everything I need. I'm 100% certain the Pentair IntelliFlo will do everything I need and then some, but at $930, it's quite a jump in price. The Hayward falls right near the middle at $775.
I would like to have my pump run 24 hours. Based on others I've read about, I'm thinking I would have it run at a higher flow for an hour or two early in the morning along with the Polaris (will any of these also control/time my Polaris?), then run at a mid-range speed during the day and drop to a slow speed overnight. Although, I've seen one poster consistently appear in these threads that says they run theirs around 1100 RPM 24/7 with great results which is another possibility for me.
Here are a few questions I have:
1. Is there any benefit to pairing my Hayward SWG with the Hayward pump that I should be aware of?
2. I thought I had read somewhere that the Hayward only had 3 speeds. If so, are those pre-programmed and at what speeds? Or are they just pointing out that there can only be 3 programmed settings in general, but those 3 speeds can be customized?
3. I don't know that I will add any additional automation at this point... Unless I should. I would love to time program the Polaris as well at some point. So, I'm wondering if I need any of the additional options that comes with the IntelliFlo over the SuperFlo. Unless there are features related to my goals mentioned above that I am missing.
4. And finally the question I always love to ask anyone that is helping me with or teaching me anything: What questions am I not asking that I should be?
Thanks again in advance for any help you may have for me!