back ground info:
16x36 inground pool inside a green house adjacent to the house
hayward sand filter
hayward pump 1.5 HP single speed sp3010x15az
400,000 btu raypak heater
no water feature
no light feature
right now the pump and heater are on the same on/off switch and i don't like it at all.
Running the pump 24/7 to keep the water warm is a waste of electricity and adds wear and tear on the system.
what are my options?
is there some type of timer that could operate the pump and the heater but would keep the pump running if the heater was still on?
or even better a simple wireless thermostat of some kind that would activate the pump when it's below a set point and needs to run? (i think my heater has a stand by mode where it does not heat up if there is no water flow so i would not fry the unit or melt my pvc)
i just re-read my previous sentence and i think i just described what a automated system is! lol. unfortunately, i can't fork thousand of $ on a fully automated system.
sorry if this all sounds a bit dumb, i'm sure there is a system out there for me that would be ideal for me and won't break the bank...i just can't find it.
if i have to go full auto, what system would you recommend for my described needs???