I am interested in upgrading to a variable speed pump and salt system. I am a tech guru and have most of my house controlled through my iPhone using individual apps (no fancy Crestron or Savant system). I am interested in doing the same on the cheap with a pool automation system, but am finding this difficult without purchasing a very expensive Hayward or Pentair VS pump that can integrate. The two systems I have come up with are the following. I also want the ability to control my Hayward gas heater (either can do that) and add solar control and LED lighting control in the future.
Hayward Prologic P-4, with Hayward 25k Salt Cell and Tristar VS pump (will need to reduce 2” down to 1.5” piping). I would add the Aqua connect Internet/automation interface to this.
Pentair Easytouch 4PSC-IC40 package with 40k salt cell. With this I would use their new low cost VS pump, the SuperFlo VS. This pump has 4 dry contact inputs for automation, but it doesn’t look like they added any programming in the Easytouch to control this pump yet using the relays.
Bottom Line, is that I am trying to save the approximately $500 of upgrading to the larger Hayward Ecostar and Pentair Intelliflo pumps that are designed for automation integration.
Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.
I plan to have my Electrician install the Load center, and have Leslies provide the equipment and do the piping as I have a good relationship with our local store. I will have the solar valves installed and may tackle that myself in the future.