We just put up a new 24ft x 52 inch intex pool. We have the intex 3000 sandfilter and the 15,000 swg model 28669EG. I have read through pool school and the SWG chemistry information on here and know I need to order the recommended test kit. We've never owned a pool before, so everything is new to us. We set our pool up, filled it up, added the salt and ran the filter, added the stabilizer in a sock (we have it hanging on a pool noodle), and have began running the boost cycle yesterday evening.
Per the manual that came with our swg, it states on the operating instructions to start up the unit, input the # of hours your system needs to run...then the steps continue on to "Boost cycle". it says "First time installation...." and says to run the boost cycle. So I am assuming it meant to run the boost cycle first on start up. According to the chart for our pool size and temperature for this area, the swg would need to run for 6-7 hours daily. On the boost cycle for this model, the manual states that the boost operating time is 8 times the amount of time programmed into the system. So for us that would be 48-56 hours. I currently have it set it on 7 hours because of the temperatures our area have been having during the day, so that would we 56 hours for the boost cycle. That seems like a long time and I just wanted to make sure I am interpreting the directions correctly. I am confused as to whether I should have just started the unit up and ran it for 7 hours or was I correct to run the boost cycle first. Once the cycle is over, the system should revert back to the normal 7 hrs/day that I input. The only test strips I have at the moment are the ones that came with the pool, or I can run some water to the local pool store to be tested for free. I was going to wait until the boost cycle finished to test the water. I also should not expect the CYA to show up on any test until next week correct?
Also, I have read some negative things about the boost cycle on here and the copper. So now I am worried . Is the copper dangerous or just an unnecessary step? Do you all advise against running the boost cycle at all? If so, should I just turn off the boost cycle and run it normally?
Thanks in advance!