I'm just wrapping up my first season with my pool, and of course, I'm thinking about what worked this year and what didn't.
My biggest annoyance was that I could only adjust my Pentair IC20 SWCG in increments of 20%, which I learned after it was put in (thanks PB)...It's super annoying, and it led to me running all summer with FC levels a little high (~9-11 with 50-60 CYA), because I could never dial it in (there's a big difference between 40-60% on the SWCG and I spent all summer fooling with run times, but either overshot or undershot). So now I'm thinking about what I can do about it, and have been looking at getting an Intellatouch panel.
Here's my setup:
Whisperflo 1.5 HP single speed pump
and a 90K BTU Pentair Heat Pump (whose name is escaping me now and of course I'm at work)
Fiberstars LED pool lights (controlled right now by a Lutron Maestro wireless switch...Poor man's automation )
Not super complicated...Is Intellatouch overkill for just wanting to adjust the SWCG in increments of 1%? I'm thinking about doing the install myself to save a few bucks. I'm ok with electric, but I have no idea what parts I'll need to buy, and it seems like I might miss something....for example I see that the Intellatouches come with the DC converters, so does that mean I can ditch the one that I have for the IC20, or should I save a few pennies and go with the Intellatouch without the converter? Does that eliminate the control for the SWCG? Are the fiberstars lights compatible or do I have to do Pentair lighting in order to get lighting control?
There's not a lot of literature out there on this stuff for the DIY type, which leads me to another question-
Would doing the self install void my existing Pentair warranty? Or do I just suck it up for 3 seasons until my orig. Pentair warranty is up with the PB and then go with an install then?
Thanks in advance for your input everyone!
EDIT: Quick phone call home told me that the Heat Pump is a Pentair UltraTemp...Also controllable by the Intellatouch I believe.