Brand new here and to the world of pool ownership. I have recently purchase a home and with it inherited a 7' x 14' "swim spa". I have talked with the local pool supply folks who have a familiarity with the pool and describe it as a "Franken-tub" that was installed by the owner previous to the person I bought the home from. Sounds like the fellow who installed the pool was in the pool industry and seems to have assembled the system using what he could find and perhaps a plan he had in his head.
Here are the nuts a bolts;
- 7' x 14' above ground (sitting on cement slab which is about 36" below grade) pool with vinyl liner
- 1.5 HP Hayward Super Pump
- Hayward S116T sand filter
- Laars Lite 2 Heater
- A swim spa current generating motor (I am not really interested in using this feature)
- A secondary smaller pumping/filter system which is below grade and in non-functioning condition (not really sure what/why this was for)
The pool has been rather neglected for the last few year as the most recent owner was "not a pool person". I have managed to repair some broken pvc lines, given it a cleaning, replace a few small parts and got it up and running.
So, after the lengthy preamble...here is the question.
I have just ordered a spa cover for this and plan to attempt to run the unit year round (we live in a ski area). What should I be doing to keep the water circulating to avoid freezing (location is South Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada). The current pump has only one speed (and runs a little high on the psi side at 20). I don't think the current pump is the right solution.
I have found this pump through another forum post - Doheny's Above Ground 2-Speed Pumps for Sale - Doheny's Pool Supplies Fast
Is this a realistic solution? Running the pump on low almost 24/7 and on high for filtering a few hours a day?