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Salt vs Chlorine

Although there are many parts to a pool, the sanitization systems are what maintain the water's purity and health. Two of the most popular pool systems are chlorine and saltwater systems, but how can you choose which one is best for you? Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each, as well as a few new developments in pool system technology.

Saltwater Pools

Contrary to popular belief, saltwater systems contain chlorine. When you choose a saltwater or saline pool, the filtration system includes a chlorine generator. When you add pool-grade salt to the water, the generator transforms it into chlorine, which is then returned to the pool to sterilize it. In the end, even with a saltwater pool, you're swimming in chlorinated water — but it's a lot less chlorine than a regular chlorine system would provide. The water will be softer than water from chlorinated pools.

Fewer Harsh Chemicals

One of the primary advantages of saltwater systems is that they use far less chlorine than standard chlorine systems and do not require harsh chemicals. As a consequence, the water is kinder to your skin, eyes, and hair, and it doesn't discolor swimwear or towels as chlorine pools can. This may appeal to swimmers who want to avoid exposing their children to chlorine. Saltwater pools do not have the unpleasant chlorine odor that some people loathe.

Lower Maintenance

Aside from health benefits, saltwater pools require far less maintenance than chlorine systems and are thus more user-friendly. Algaecides are not required since the system naturally prevents algae from forming on the walls or in the water. The chlorine generator handles all of the work. "Saltwater pools require less maintenance because the chlorine generator provides a slow introduction of chlorine versus traditional chlorine methods, which can cause a drastic increase in chlorine at one time, You will still need to use balancing chemicals, but this will be far less compared to using traditional chlorine.

Cheaper to Maintain

Pool-grade salt also costs a lot less than chlorine and other chemicals that are needed for chlorine pools. So when it comes to day-to-day maintenance, saltwater systems are both easier and cheaper to maintain.

Chlorine Pools

Chlorine systems use higher concentrations of chlorine to clean your pool water. In contrast to saltwater systems, which turn salt into chlorine, chlorine systems require the addition of store-bought chlorine to the water. To maintain the right chemical balance in your water, chlorine systems must be checked once or twice a week. These tests assess pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels such as chlorine and bromine. Depending on the chemical balance, you will need to add chlorine and other chemicals on a regular basis.

Fewer Upfront Costs

In comparison to saltwater systems, chlorine systems have relatively low initial expenses. There is no need to acquire costly equipment such as a chlorine generator, and you can still complete all water testing and chemical balancing. For a chlorine pool, it is relatively inexpensive to install an inline or offline chlorinator that houses the chlorine tablets, or simply put them inside a floating chlorinator. Chlorine systems are much simpler to maintain than saltwater systems.

Not Corrosive

Unlike saltwater systems, which cause corrosion to metal over time, chlorine does not cause any major damage to pool parts. This means you won’t need to worry about replacing components due to corrosion down the line.

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