Good Afternoon TFP!
My family (wife, 4 yr old, 2 yr old) are finally getting started on the long awaited project of building an in-ground pool *YEA!!
Now that we are taking this dream serious, a number of options are coming out of the woodworks that i never thought about before. Thankfully there are sites like this one that can hopefully help answer my questions.
1. To heat or not to heat? I live in the central valley in California, so the temperature is pretty mild most of the time. Today's high is going to be 75 degrees with the 80s expected next week (hello global warming). I was looking into getting solar heaters, but since the front of my house faces south and i do not want the panels on the street side of my roof, i would have to put the panels on the north facing roof. So now i am stuck with the dilemma of going with less than efficient solar panels, a gas heater, or nothing at all. I am leaning towards nothing at all, but with two young children, i would like them to be able to enjoy the pool as much as possible. So what do i do? would it take a long time for a gas heater to warm up my pool? would solar panels on the north side of the roof still be efficient enough? Or have the kids suck it up and swim in a cooler pool? Pool is approximately 13,000 Gallons
2. I am planning on using the Pentair IntelliChlor and if i do not get a heater, the Pentair IntelliChem. I am already getting the IntelliTouch System so i can interface the pool with my Crestron System. Does that sound like a good plan? I really do not want to be measuring chemicals everyday and would like to keep the pool as safe for my children as possible.
3. Sand filter or Cartridge filter? The pool builder gave me the choice, but forgot to go over the difference
Thank you very much for any help!