I currently have a Pentair 1 HP WFE-4 connected to a Jandy 3 port valve that provides suction to a pool cleaner and the skimmer/ main drain. Most of the suction is directed to the pool cleaner. Problem is I live in Southern CA where electricity is $.36 per kwh. System works fine really, but costly to operate.
I plan to purchase an VF-Intelliflo pump but I have read these really do not work well with pool cleaners.
What if I used two pumps on separate circuits? I will use the Intelliflo for filtering and my current 1 hp pump for the pool cleaner. I would only have to run the pool cleaner about a 90 minutes a day. I would not run them at the same time, ever. This setup would still save electricity.
Problem is setting up the return. Both circuits would have to go through the filter and then into the return line. What if, on the two input lines to the filter (from the skimmer main drain suction AND the pool cleaner) I put check valves so there would not be any backwards flow into the other line.
Is this feasible? Or a stupid idea?
Another setup would be more expensive. If I purchase the Pentair Intellitouch and an electric actuator, this would add another $1000 bucks, which may not be worth it.