Hey all. Still at least 8-10 weeks away from pool opening here at this point (it's still a giant ice cube), but this evening I was at the local Walmart and saw a new Intex 40,000L (10.5K Gallon) SWG sitting on the clearance rack for $175. I didn't get the model number unfortunately but here's the box - I'm sure it'll be familiar to some here.
My pool is only around 6000G so it's definitely not undersized.
I have a Hayward VS 1.5HP pump so my main concern is the flow rate. My pump runs on low speed 95% of the time, and even when it's running at moderate speed (around 30% IIRC) for my roof mounted solar panel I think I'm still under the 4000GPH capacity.
Is this system worth it, or are these in the "toy/junk" category? I can't get any sort of SWG system up here for less than $1K, so it piqued my interest as I've been contemplating switching to salt for several seasons now.
Lastly, what is the power consumption of these units? Our electricity is SUPER expensive (particularly during peak daytime rate periods) and on the flipside, Chlorine is dirt cheap - I pay around $15 for a 25L (6.5G) bulk pail of 12%. I'm not against paying for the convenience of the SWG if it's going to mean less time worrying/checking my chlorine levels, but if these units draw 10-15 amps constantly, all day long, well...the convenience factor isn't worth the massive electricity bill. I just installed the VS pump last year to get my hydro bills down in the summer so I don't' want to hike them back up again for the sake of convenience.
Any insight appreciated. Thanks!