Saltwater vs. Chlorine Pools
There isn’t that much of a difference between saltwater pools and chlorine pools. Despite what the name may suggest, saltwater pools contain chlorine to kill any bacteria that may be in the pool. The main difference is how the chlorine is added to these two different pools. Special chlorine generators are used in saltwater pools to add chlorine to the water. The chlorine is produced through electrolysis, and is then injected in the required amounts as less-harmful chlorine automatically into the water.
Advantages of Saltwater
First of all, saltwater pools are easier to maintain, as the chlorine generator eliminates the need to manually add chlorine tablets to your swimming pool. Saltwater is less harmful to your eyes, skin, and hair than chlorine. Saltwater pools need fewer chemicals, causing them to possibly be safer than chlorine pools.
Disadvantages of Saltwater
Saltwater pools are often initially more expensive than chlorine pools, requiring a larger investment in the beginning. Saltwater may be safer than traditional pools that require more harmful chemicals, however, they are not completely harmless. Saltwater pools may dictate what kind of liner, lighting, and heater you use for your pool.
Benefits of Saltwater Pools
Reduced Use of Chemicals
Maintaining the right levels of chemicals in a swimming pool is crucial to pool maintenance. The more chemicals that are used, the more difficult maintaining proper levels can be. Saltwater pools require less usage of harmful chemicals than chlorine pools. In saltwater pools, chlorine generators measure and automatically add the needed amount of chlorine into the water.
- Less Health Risks
Chlorine pools can involve several risks to your health due to the need of harsh chemicals manually added to the pool. Chlorine bleach can cause major health problems if too much is absorbed by your skin or inhaled. Chlorine used in chlorine-based swimming pools can also cause itchy or red eyes, hair discoloration, and skin irritation.
While there is still chlorine present in saltwater pools, due to it being a byproduct of the salt added to the pool, it is less harmful to swimmers. The reduced amount of chlorine present won’t hurt your eyes as you swim. With less chemicals in the water, saltwater pools are also safer for pets.
More Cost-Effective and Natural
While the cost of a saltwater pool may initially be more expensive than chlorine-based pools, it’s not outrageously more. The price of a saltwater chlorine generator may not be cheap, but you will save time and money in the long run in pool maintenance. The salt medium of saltwater pools, sodium chloride, is injected once and is then recycled, lasting for a long amount of time before you need to add more. Sodium chloride is much cheaper than chlorine bleach as well.
Advantages of Chlorine Pools
Chlorine-based swimming pools may be more effective in getting rid of bacteria due to the chemicals used, taking about 1-2 days for the water to clear up. It may take 3-5 days for a saltwater system to clear up the water. Chlorine pools also usually require a cheaper initial investment than saltwater pools.
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