It’s time to open your inground pool for the summer and thousands of pool owners are wondering if they should convert from a chlorine to a salt water system. While chlorine pools have traditionally been the standard, that has recently changed. Now up to 90% of current pool owners have chosen salt systems along with many hotels and water parks who are making the same decision. People are learning that a saline pool is a more natural way keep the water clear and sparkling, cost less long term to maintain, and is easier to take care of.
Saline pools are healthier. Although chlorine is great at killing bacteria, it is also a harsh chemical and an irritant. Many people experience burning eyes, dry skin and brittle hair after swimming in high levels of this chemical. Also, chlorinated water has a lingering smell and it can fade expensive swim suites. Saltwater on the other hand is gentler. It feels silky soft and is actually better for swimmers with sensitive skin or with skin conditions like eczema.. The salinity in a salt water pool is 1/10th of ocean water which is very close to the salinity level in tears. This means swimmers can enjoy swimming underwater with their eyes open without the burning and redness.
Saline pools cost less to maintain. Although a salt cell generator cost more in the beginning, they are more cost effective in the long run. The cost of monthly maintaining a saline pool is a lot lower because salt is a lot less expensive than chlorine.. Also, with chlorine you’ll need to continually purchase additives to keep the water free from algae blooms and cloudiness. Pool owners are finding that saline pools need less to keep them clean and the yearly savings can be significant.
Often times pool owners convert to saltwater pools because they believe this type pool requires no maintenance or added chemicals. Saltwater pools ARE generally less time consuming, but many are surprised to find they DO still contain chlorine, just at a lot lower level. Saltwater pools employ a device called a chlorine generator that uses electrolysis to break down salt that is added directly to the pool water and converts it into chlorine. It’s then transformed into hypochlorous acid, which is what actually sanitizes the water. This results in a softer feeling water and a very slight salty taste. After you have established the initial ‘base’ level of salt in the pool, the amount of time checking ph levels and making sure the water is balanced should be minimal.