It’s a question every swimming pool owner must face. How do you keep the water in your pool, clean, clear and enjoyable? For many people, this comes down to a choice between chlorine and salt water chlorination. Which option is best?
Chlorine Versus Salt Water
While a variety of swimming pool chemicals can be used to keep water looking and feeling its best, chlorine is probably the most famous of the bunch. When you use chlorine to maintain your pool, you add chlorine tablets to the water as needed. Although a salt water pool system actually uses chlorine to keep the water nice, it does the job a little differently. Here, a salt water generator, which is sometimes called a salt water chlorinator or a chlorine generator, uses chemical electrolysis to produce chlorine. How do the two methods compare?
In terms of initial investment, a chlorine pool is cheaper than a salt water pool because you don’t need to buy a salt water chlorinator. However, the cost of the generator is offset over time by the savings that you’ll enjoy if you don’t have to keep purchasing chlorine tablets.
Chlorine sanitizes water, kills bacteria and controls algae. Whether you take a hands-on approach and add the chlorine directly yourself or allow a salt water generator to add the chlorine for you, the result is the same. The chlorine keeps the pool’s water clear and healthy.
There are only so many hours in a day, so it makes sense to consider the time and effort that will be required to maintain your pool’s water. If you choose traditional chlorination, you’ll need to buy the chlorine, test the pool water regularly, measure out the chlorine, and add it to the water. With a salt water pool system, the generator regulates the salt and chlorine levels for you. Once you learn how to use it properly, there is less labor involved in maintaining your pool’s water quality.
How does the experience of swimming in a chlorine pool compare to the experience of swimming in a salt water pool? Because there is generally more chlorine present in a chlorinated pool, there can be a distinct chemical odor. In fact, if the chlorine levels are too high, some people experience red eyes, itchy skin, discolored hair, or faded swimsuits. In contrast, the water in salt water pools smells like the sea and has a silky feel against the skin. Since these pools tend to contain a smaller concentration of chlorine, there is a reduced risk of irritation to the nose, eyes or skin.
When it comes to keeping your swimming pool’s water clean and healthy, both chlorine and salt water chlorination will get the job done. Ultimately, the right choice is the one that best suits your needs. At American Pools & Spas in Vero Beach, Florida, we delight in helping people create their perfect pools. To explore the possibilities, contact us today at 772-777-8655.