My first season with an AGP is comming to an end within the next month or so. Thinking ahead for next year I would like a better filtering system. I currently have the 1/2 HP intex 1600 GPH. I think I would be better off with a cartidge filter to support my solar panels. I just added another 4x20 panel for a total of 2. After I added the first solar panel I noticed sand leaking into the pool. I still have not trouble shot the problem to see where it lies. I think it lies somewhere in the intex pump. Another "real" sand filter might support my system fine.
I was considering and would like input on the following:
Pentair sand dollar 100lb 35 gpm with 3/4 HP pump or
Hayward 100 sq ft X stream cartridge filter 80 gpm with 1 HP pump.
The Hayward cartridge at 80 gpm would be 4800 gph. My intex SWCG supports up to 4000 gph. Would the Hayward actually push 80 gpm? I know it wouldn't with the solar panels on.
Performance, relieability, and energy efficency are important to me. My KWH rate tops out at over 0.30 cents. My intex uses 300 watts an hour but I have not been able to find energy consumption info for either of these filter/pumps.
Any comments or insights would be great. Thanks in advance.