Reasonable price to add automation?

alex800

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Oct 9, 2018
54
Stuart/FL
I'm in the process of building the pool and strongly considering adding the automation at this point. I asked PB for a quote and they are asking $2200 for Jandy AquaLink PDA automation and $3150 for Jandy AquaLink RS. Of cource I would like the RS but it seems like almost not worth it. I will have a small pool 11k gal, no spa, heater, one bubbler, and 3 color LED lights.

If I decide to add automation at later time when the budget allows me to do it should I expect to pay even more?
 

guinness

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May 3, 2019
553
California
The problem w/ automation is that you really need to stick w/ a single manufacturer (esp. pump & SWG) be it Pentair, Hayward or Jandy. In addition each PB tends to stick with a manufacturer they're familiar with or get the best prices. What level of automation are you looking for/need?

 
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alex800

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Oct 9, 2018
54
Stuart/FL
I was hoping to control the heater, color lights, pump/SWG, and possibly the bubbler.

And that was my post about Migro Pool-fi. :)

At this point, I might just add a smart WiFi switch that cost $20 to control the lights on/off. PB said the pump comes with some kind of WiFi control. I will have to control the heater manually and not sure if anything needs to be controlled on SWG.

Unfortunately, I cannot add another 3K to our project. :(
 

guinness

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May 3, 2019
553
California
You're always going to pay a premium with a PB, it depends on what your definition of reasonable is.

 
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Joshwl2003

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Mar 27, 2016
14
Orlando fl
But does $3K sound reasonable?
We are in the process of biding for a pool right now and our cost for automation using an RS8 is 3K above the base automation price, which is included in the spa price. Its not cheap but very nice to have. You basically never have to go out to the pad to do anything besides clean. I would say go for it. If you can look into having extra relays available for things like time controlled lighting or extra out door outlets for Christmas lights and what not.
 
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