Greetings all, I'm a short time member reading all I can to learn how to take care of the pool & spa that came with the house we bought in Southern California. The pool & spa were built in 1990, the pool is a 14x30" Freeform Gunite and the spa is 8' dia.
My wife has Eczema and cannot swim in a chlorine pool so I'm hoping that installing a SWG system and Automated Monitoring would allow me to more tightly control the water balance so my wife would be able to enjoy the pool & spa.
I've read all the pros and cons about the many brands and was thinking about the AutoPilot Total Control, SWG, ORP & PH monitoring, along with the Stenner Acid Tank System for PH Control. But I read Jason's cautions about how ORP can be erratic in a SWG pool so it may be better to just turn it off or go with a Free Chlorine Sensor. So I went searching for FC / PH Controllers and was only able to find the Chemtrol and Poolwarden that looked suitable for residential use.
However, as I looked into using free chlorine sensors in an outdoor SWG pool I was told they don't work with CYA as it combines with the free chlorine so there so there is no FC to measure. Perhaps I'm missing something or do I have it correct?
Any ideas or comments would be greatly appreciated, suggestions of equipment brands or models would be helpful as well. For example, maybe I should just go with the AutoPilot Digital and the Pentair SmartPH system?
Best Regards, Tom