Bought a home with a pool last year. Enjoyed the pool immensely but the cost was pretty over the top. Previous owner had the pump running 24/7 with the water @
I put a timer on the pump system to run it about 12 hours a day. We ran the heater some and I discovered the main cost of the option was indeed the pump.
This year I am wanting to put a firemans switch control on my timer which is a intermatic. I am just making sure I understand it before I buy and install everything. The firemans switch will kill the power to the heater about 15min before the pump shuts off. If I have the timer set to run the pump 12 hrs a day then when the pump cycles the power to the heater is restored, and for that 12 hrs the thermostat will control the heater.
I have talked to the pool service that we used last year and he concurred that we could run the pump about 6-8 hrs a day to turn the water over enough to keep it well filtered. We are going to give all maint this year.
What would be the best schedule to set up the timer to keep the pool heated to a consistent temp this season. I will be opening the pool this week as thing are heating up. I probably won't heat it until later and I am getting a solar cover to help keep expenses down as well.
Thanks for any wisdom and insight you all may have.