I've been wondering about the trade off between pump runtime vs increasing the SWCG power level to maintain the proper FC level. Currently if I just run the pump/filter for the amount of time that I need to keep the water crystal clear it requires me to have my SWCG on the highest power level (3 I believe) to maintain the proper FC.
If I run the pump/filter for longer than needed just for clear water, I can run the SWCG at a lower power level (2).
Anyone know which would be best as far as total cost? Obviously running the pump longer wears the pump and costs electricity. I believe running the SWCG at a power level of 3 instead of 2 puts more wear on the SWCG, or does it?
Currently I've chosen running the pump longer and using a power level of 2 on the SWCG. Just curious as to what others are doing.
P.S. - I also run a CYA of 90 as I have found that it does save me chlorine even though I have to maintain a tad higher FC.