And once your water turns green you spend can easily spend $20 or more to correct it. That’s just buying chlorine, go to a pool store and would be closer to $200Hey Jay !!!
Looks like we have a classic case of over management going on, and we’ve ALL been there with our new found skills. You’re trying to combine things that are separate entities and shooting yourself in the foot in the process. Like splitting up the SWG runtime to increase skimming potential at different times. It sounds great on paper until it alters the SWG cycle because the times you chose don’t line up with the SWG cycle, making your XX% really be YY% which will be too much or not enough.
So the KISS principal applies here. Need FC production ? Run the SWG to achieve it. Need more skimming/ filtering ? Add that as a separate entity with the SWG off at that time.
Or Keep It Stupid Simple, Stupid. (KISSS ). There are far to many benefits of running the pump 24/7 to list and almost no negatives. You’ll only have to adjust cell % instead of both cell and pump. You’ll skim and filter full time and if a storm hits overnight, you are mixing already. If crud falls on a windy afternoon….. yup. You got that covered too already skimming. Filtering becomes a non issue as you’re always at your cleanest. And pumps don’t like the on/off cycle. it takes many many cycles to harm it, but it takes that much longer if you only cycle the pump a few times a year for maintenance like filter cleanings. Commercial pumps that never shut off will run for decades sometimes.
The only downside is about $20 a month on the electric bill. Mere peanuts as you already pay something to run the pump. So maybe it’s only $12 more. I feel so strongly about 24/7 I would gladly pay 4 years upfront to do so. Here ya go…. $400. Now leave me alone while I *dont* care about everything that most have to care about.
The same goes for target range. If you want to watch your FC like a Hawk you can cut it as close to minimum as possible. I targeted 10 and usually overproduced. I had a few days reserve FC at all times. It burns off a little quicker as a % at higher levels, so maybe I ‘wasted’ 1/3 of my FC. I was willing to trade that for never having to care about UV, daily loss, heavy rain, debris, etc.
If I told anyone that they could never care about algae for $50 (?) in wasted chlorine a year and maybe $10 extra in monthly electric, most folks would have dug it out of their pocket before I finished my sentence.