At present I have a basic system where initially the "Frog System" was installed, being used and the Mineralizer and Bac Pac's basically did the job for my pool with regards to chlorine. In addition to the other chemicals for PH, TA, CH and so on. Luckily I had no problems in the summer with these levels and only needed to add liquid chlorine on a daily basis to keep my levels between the recommended ranges based on my CYA of 40. For some strange reason I did not have to adjust PH, TA or CH for over 2 months.
Because I am in sales, enjoy being a TFP Member and a supporter, the conversation of swimming pools come up more often then not when I am with people in their homes. People love talking about how they take care of there pools. Amazingly no one ever tells you they have problems. A lot of people have the SWG system. I keep hearing that it is so simple and the total cost for the summer is under $100 and so on (Add salt 1X and basically you are done). I was also told that the computer systems on the SWG will keep track of PH, TA and CH (which scares me) as the pool store used to test with a computer and the testing levels were all over the place.
Any type of work that does not involve a lot of moving parts is always best in my situation. Sometimes you have to spend a few extra dollars, but at the end of the day a piece of mind is best. Realistically, is the SWG system that much less expensive to maintain then the stand alone TFP method for chlorine usage? I have calculated that next season I can probably get away with $300 at most for the summer here in NJ (That is everything and not just chlorine). With the Pool Store, I probably would have spent over $900 for season. This is all assuming we have a very hot summer. Do SWG computers really test for everything? Are the costs that low? I have looked on line and some of these systems are over $2,000 and just do not seem worth it. At this point I am not planning on adding one, as the daily additions of liquid chlorine do not bother me.
Please advise! Thank you.