I had my local chain pool supply shop come out today to look at my system for adding a VS pump. I'm a new pool owner and we are getting clobbered by our electric bill. They told me a VS will not communicate with my automation control panel cause it's too old. They could do the install and also update the motherboard for a total of $2600 or can just install the pump for $1400, but I would have to use the controls on the pump to program the run times. Wasn't really looking to put that much money into it now, but we've got to get our monthly costs down.
Anyone have any experience with a VS pump and an automation system that doesn't control the pump? I guess my question is would I still be using my control panel to run my heater, lights, spa settings and SWG? Are there any reasons why I might not want to go this route?
Another option I guess is to just go with a 2 speed pump, but that wouldn't save us as much on the electricity, and the store told us they break down more. Not sure if I believe that.