We have an Intex 18' EasySet pool. We're currently using the pump/filter that came with it and an Intex saltwater chlorinator and a solar mat on the ground. This setup has been working well enough but we don't get enough sun on the solar mat to really raise the temperature of the pool.
What I'm planning on doing is moving the solar mat onto our garage roof which is about 25' from the pool. Since the pump will now need to pump the water along this additional 50' of pipe as well as up to the garage roof (about 15'), I'm sure the Intex pump will not work. So I'm looking to replace the pump/filter.
This brings up multiple questions.
1) What size pump will be needed? Will a 1HP be sufficient?
2) Coupled with a new pump, I'll need a filter. Recommendations?
I'd like to continue to use the Intex saltwater chlorinator. In general, I'd like to keep the costs down as we can only use the pool a few months out of the year and the kids will only be using it for a few more years.
Thanks for any help.