Hi folks! Awesome forum you have going here! I've learned so much already and I'm ready to start asking some direct questions. Thanks in advance for your advice!!
I'm going to have an inground pool installed soon and have tons of decisions to make haha. We live just north of Houston, so expect a fairly long pool season. The basic pool specs are inground, about 30 or 35 x 18 free form, 10foot spa. We have two kids, 8 and 9, and four other kids in our immediate neighbors houses so I expect a decent load. My wife is absolutely fabulous, but scared about being able to deal with chemicals. I'm as mechanical as they get so no fear on my part...but I travel for work a lot, sometimes for three weeks straight. She's fully on-board with anything I can do to make maintenance easier.
Its because of my extended travel that I am thinking of going the automated route for chlorine (SWCG to be accurate) and Ph (acid injection). I dont want a call in the middle of the night while I'm in China that the pool is green lol! I'm leaning towards Hayward Omnilogic with their orp and ph sensing setup. Besides, once I have the main controller, everything can be adjusted remotely which will be very convenient.
Thoughts/advice appreciated on whether this is a good route to reduce regular chemical "hands on" time, stabilize pool performance, etc. of course with the knowledge that the up front cost is pretty steep.