We own a vacation property on a Caribbean island and just got a call from the property manager that the pool pump was stolen. Need to buy a new pump today so that it can make the boat next Friday.
We have owned the property for only a few months and know nothing about pools. Unfortunately, have to make the following decisions immediately:
1) Shall we switch to saltwater? The pool is in use 12 months a year and shipping chemicals to the island is very expensive.
2) Shall we buy a variable speed pump? The pool is under 20,000 gallons, in ground, but the pool house is above ground. The pump that was stolen was 2 HP, single speed. Electricity on the island is roughly $0.3/KWh
3) Recommend a pump. Would like to keep it under $700 if possible.