Signed up here a year or so ago but just now getting ready to put the pool up. I have a 4' deep, 27' above ground pool I'm going to install. I did buy this pool used and it came with the pump and filter setup. The motor is a 1.5HP Hayward power-flo LX (brand new), single speed, 70gpm pump. This system also came with a STA-RITE T-200BP-1 sand filter. Pool is going to be a touch over 17,000 gallons.
I plan on purchasing the Jandy AquaPure EI SWG for the pool as I'm familiar with this type of application in a temporary pool we had for a couple of years.
My questions are:
1. Yes, the motor is new but I've run the calculations for energy use and I figure I could easily drop down to a single speed 1/2hp pump and still run for 6-8 hours per day and use roughly half of the energy of the 1.5hp pump. Should I look at a different type of motor such as a 2 speed? I plan on only swapping the motor at this time but now is my chance to do something different. I don't want to spend a ton of money but I want to do this right.
2. Should I run a different type of filter such as a DE filter? I bought all new guts for the sand filter last year but again, now is the chance to upgrade if needed.
3. I don't have a cleaner or vacuum yet for this pool so not sure if my motor choice would affect this or not. Interested in suggestions here as well.
Bottom line. I want to order parts next week so I want to get this straightened out. My kilowatt hour price is $.1223. If I can use 1/4 of the electricity it would be worth I think it would be worth it.
Thanks for the help!!