My current set up (15x30' 20K, IG, total control SWG, sand filter) has been working great for the past few years. We are getting ready to do a remodel as the finish of the deck is starting to go bad. My wife REALLY REALLY wants the pool heated (she likes the water at least high 80's and won't get in till it hits 85). I have been looking into it and it doesn't look like the heater is too hard to install. The original owner had a heater and removed it so I still have electricity to the pump area so all I have to do is connect the power and plumb it.
After doing some research it looks like my pump is over powered (1.5hp). I know for a fact that it is a major power draw. I currently run the pump 12 hour or more in the summer to keep the chlorine levels appropriate. Would I be better off with
1) Getting a single speed smaller pump and leaving it at that
2) Getting a two speep or multispeed pump (I currently use the total control SWG to control the pump. Do I need a separate control panel for the pump now). Do you have any recommendations? The pentair pump I have now has been rock solid for 5 or so years.
I get the impression that running the pool 24/7 may be better for the water and I'm sure it will make heating the pool easier. I'm going to be using a heat pump (with a solar cover). Does anyone have any recommendations for a heater brand, BTU ,model etc
Sorry for the long post. Thanks