This will be my second season with this pool since we acquired it "accidentally" mid season last year. Following this forum's advice served me well last year and the pool was easy to maintain and economical chemically (despite what the "experts" around here said) but it was quite costly on the electrical side so I come to you guys for advice.
Currently, I have the 1.5 HP single speed pump that came with it that I used last year. While it does the job, I am looking to upgrade the pump to a more energy efficient one. I have done extensive reading on differences in single, two speed and variable speed pumps but since this is a costly upgrade, I don't want to choose one that is either way more that what I need but on the other side, it IS a big pool (pond) so want to know what my best options are namely:
1) Should I change size of pump from 1.5 HP?
2) Which speed would work good, better, best for my pool?
3) Brands preferred?
I am planning to upgrade all of my existing equipment in time but since I am also purchasing auto vacs (I have decided that I will have to have two different kinds of vacs for this pool) this season as well, there is only so much I can do at once.
Since I greatly appreciate the amount of knowledge that is in this forum, I feel comfortable that you guys will have enough selections (knowing way more about it than I do, certainly) that I will be able to make the right purchase the first time.
Any help and/or advice concerning my upgrade projects will be most appreciated and I look forward to your replies. Thanks so much in advance!