I am in the unhappy position of having to address our south Florida pool. we have a rather small (~15k gal circa 1980) pool with a 1HP jacuzzi pump driving a Hayward DE2400 filter. Until the recent equipment failure, it worked reasonably well, though there are a good number of leaks. I've been researching options when I came across this vast pool (sorry) of knowledge, and thought I'd ask some experts. I'd like to end up with many years of low maintenance enjoyment, and I am willing to invest up front to do so, however I'd rather not spend a great deal of cash in this effort. Since I am going to have to spend some, I'd prefer to spend it wisely.
As the pool has degraded across the years, we plan on pool resurfacing. There does not seem to be any reasonable way to save the water currently in the pool, so I am looking at refill alternatives to simply running the hose.
For the filter, We like the capability of DE, but really dislike the need for constant back washing. I am not entirely opposed to paper cartridges. I have been looking at "Easy Clean" DE filters, both with "Bump" cleaning and hose off cartridges. Any opinions on the either of these? Do they work at least as well as traditional grid systems? Should I just resign myself to using replaceable paper filter cartridges?
For pumps, we have been steering to a simple, single speed, timer clock controlled pump. I've been told that "high efficiency" in a pool pump is a misnomer. I'd like to be as efficient as I can reasonably be, but are variable speed pump savings really worth the ~$1k premium? A dual speed pump seems a reasonable compromise, though I've been told a different time clock/controller must be used. Does the cost of a dual speed
with controller provide enough efficiency?
Thank you in advance for any advice, direction, and opinions provided.