Good Morning everyone!
You all helped me about 5 years ago with the pool in my signature, everything was fantastic. I wish I stuck around to keep up with technology and opinions, oh well...
My family is preparing to relocate to Central Florida, and we will be building a pool! I am trying to get equipment picked out...
The pool will be screened-in, around 20k gallons (probably 17-23k depending) We will be adding solar heat (on the second story roof) there will be a spa, I want to chlorinate with a SWCG, and I'd like a cartridge filter. The name of the game is going to be efficiency. For a filter, I am looking at the Clean & Clear Plus 420 sq. foot cartridge. Looking for lowest head loss possible in the filter and and the most efficient pump that has enough power. I'd like to go variable speed, because I can. My current pool has a separate system and pumps for the spa and pool, but for the next one I would like to go with just one pump.
I originally picked the EcoStar because of its increased efficiency at lower speeds over the IntelliFlo. It was easier back then, now I see that there are multiple smaller variable speed pumps available!
I suppose what I am asking for is a summary of the difference of the newer, smaller VS pumps, and a comparison to the EcoStar and IntelliFlow, or a recommendation of what the experts feel would be a good fit for the new pool. I am looking for the most efficient pump at low circulation speed, but with enough power to overcome the initial head of pumping water up to the solar array, and to run the spa.
As always, thank you all so much for your help!