I am trying to get ready for set up in a month or so and I'm hoping you guys can chime in on if I'm heading in a good direction or about to invest in something that will be a huge flop.
I have four year old twins who as yet have never had swimming lessons. Thus, I want pool they can stand in. So, I have purchased an Intex Easy Set (the kind with the inflatable ring) that is 15 feet by 36 inches (approximately 2800 gallons). My plan is to eventually have an 18' x 48" or 52" pool when the kids get tall enough/can swim well enough. I would guess that will be two years from now. I anticipate always wanting a seasonal pool that will be taken down annually. I DO NOT want to rely on solar heat - I tried that last year and it doesn't work for my needs/wants.
My hope is to invest now (for current 15' x 36" pool) in a pump and heater that will also work in the event we upgrade to an 18' x 52" pool in the future. I know I will need to run electricity and gas to a pad -- that is do-able since I will be putting in a new patio and sunroom this Spring.
My local pool guy spoke with me at length about it today, and here are his suggestions. I would love to know your thoughts before I commit. He recommends:
Pump --- he favors a sand filter. Recommends a Hayward Sandfilter System that is 19" (I don't know what this designates) and is 1.5 horse power. He sells it for $425.00. If I say I only want a cartridge system, he'd recommend a Hayward C4001575XES that is 40 square feet (?) so it will service the larger pool in a few years. He sells this for about $425 as well.
Question -- anyone think either of these is perfect? or awful? Anyone see a problem with putting a pump of these magnitudes on my Intex?
Heater -- he recommends the Raypak 1300 which he sells for $1300. If I do this, I'd select a 110 volt as opposed to the millivolt with the pilot light always on. His second choice is a Pentair Mini-Max, which is about $1000.
Question -- anyone have a better idea for a heater or have any input on whether the above choices are good or bad for what I've described?
Thanks in advance for any help.