So, I have all the details for my new pool (yay!) This will be my first pool ever-we are so excited-but I'm doing a ton of research to prepare! We are currently getting our HOa approval and permits. I have a few questions about pump size, one or 2 speed, step height, and chlorinator:
Here are the specs:
Freeform pool-lagoon style with large tanning deck
depth: 3-6 feet (I think I'm going to change this to 3.5-6.5)
Dimensions: 34x26 at widest points
Plaster with 30% quartz
2.0 HP single speed pump
Rainbow 320 Inline Chlorinator
Separate pump for waterfall (3x5x3), 2 bubblers and 2 fan jets
Polaris 280 with booster pump
From what I've read, a 2 HP pump seems overkill for just the pool, right? Should it be a 3/4 or 1 HP? Also, one pool builder mentioned that 2 speed pumps were silly because at low speed, it wasn't strong enough to filter or run the polaris, so better to just get a single speed and only run it a few hours a day, or get a 2 speed to save electricity (I'm in Houston area, not high electric costs)
It seems like the inline chlorinator is unnecessary if I plan on using BBB method. Should I just have it installed anyways in case I need it on vacation or something? (It's $140)
I am confused about when you run the pump. I know you want to turn the pool over at least once to go through the filter, or distribute chemicals when added, but do you turn it on when people are in the pool? I always feel like when I swim, I feel water from the returns, so I'm confused about that
Currently, we are doing a double tanning ledge (second step is a depth for a bath chair for my special needs son). The first height is 6" of water (so 9" deep), second is 15" of water (so 18 deep) and 3rd step is currently 27" deep which then steps down to 36" of water. Would a 12" step be too tall (so I could go to 30" and then 42"?) Also, if the first step is 6" of water, add in 3" and then the coping, would that really be a 12 step? Confused about heights and water height!
Thank you so much!!!!