Can anyone give me some advice on the best way to use my Pentair Intelliflow Variable Speed Pump?
The PB originally set it up to run 23 hours a day on a very low speed (2,500). According to him and also Pentair’s website, this is the recommended way to run the pump. When the heater is on, it runs at full (3,500) speed and I also use the full speed when vacuuming the pool.
I have two problems with this method:
1) Well before I need to backwash (according to the pressure gauge) the flow is too low and the SWG “Flow” light turns red indicating that the flow is too slow to function.
2) At this slower speed I don’t feel the pool stays sufficiently “clean”. For example, in the evening with the pool lights on (the lights inside the pool) you can see little bits of something floating in front of the lights. These are not noticeable during the day and the water looks just perfect thanks to the folks here at TFP. I should note that I have a tree line behind my house so I do get a fair amount of leaves and other “stuff” in my pool.
What I am currently doing is running the pump on low, except that I manually run it on high for a few hours a day. When the flow light comes on, I then bump up the normal running speed to 3,000. This is working fine (pool clean, FC fine, water looks good, etc.), however it is tedious and probably an unnecessary way to go.
I would like some advice on how to best utilize the variable speed pump? Any suggestions?