I am in the final stages of my build and I am very interested in chemical automation. My work schedule will have me away from home for a few days at a time and I would like to keep the workload on my wife as low as possible...she is busy enough with the kids...
I understand that the IntelliChem is not well received because of the inconsistencies with ORP. I completely understand this. My fear with going with the intelliPH is that it is simply percentage based and that there is no control of it through the Easytouch or through Screen Logic unless I just haven't figured this out. I can also see myself constantly tweaking it based on pump runtime and other factors just to end up manually adding acid routinely.
I have already spent a significant amount of money on automation and to not use it to its potential seems like a waste to me. Do you feel that the PH control of the Intellichem is worth the investment alone...even if I do not use it to monitor ORP or control the SWG? I like the idea of setting a PH number and having the pool stay on target through small additions instead of fluctuating wildly based on my availability to add acid. PH rise is going to be a constant battle for me and I would like to keep it in check.
Some have reported that with a CYA level at 40 they are getting positive results from ORP. Given the climate in my area (80's and up for most of the year), is 40 high enough?
Regardless, I understand that no automation will take the place of frequent testing, I am just looking to keep things in check while I am away from home.