Though traditional chlorine pools have been a suburban backyard staple for several decades, many homeowners are now deciding to switch to saltwater swimming pools. In addition to being a healthy alternative for your skin, saltwater swimming pools have several advantages over chlorine pools, including fewer chemicals, lower cost of upkeep, and minimal maintenance.
How Saltwater Chlorination Works
Before we get to the advantages let's take a quick look at how a saltwater vs. chlorinated pool works.
First of all, you need to know that a saltwater pool actually has chlorine. The key difference is that in a standard chlorinated pool, chlorine is added manually on an ongoing basis to dissolve in the water. In a saltwater pool, a regenerative process creates the chlorine. A saltwater purification system provides on-site production of the sanitizer necessary to maintain water in a safe, healthy and algae-free condition. Sanitizer is produced automatically, within the water itself, and involves no handling, storage or adding of chemicals to the water. A saltwater sanitizing system, properly sized for its application, will eliminate the need to purchase sanitizing chemicals such as pool chlorine.
One of the first advantages of saltwater swimming pools is the level of comfort you experience. Salt is softer on your skin than chlorine. Also, chlorine has the tendency to cause red eyes, itchy skin, and discolored hair. If you use plan to use your saltwater swimming pool on a regular basis, you won't have to suffer any of those symptoms of chlorine.
Another advantage of saltwater swimming pools is the lowered use of chemicals. People who own saltwater pools don't have to store and handle toxic chemicals on a regular basis. This means that a saltwater swimming pool is more environmentally safe. You also won't have to suffer the odor of chlorine anymore. The levels of chlorine in the water are low while still being effective. This also means that you won't have to deal with dry skin, green hair, and fading swimming suits.
Lower maintenance is also one of the advantages of saltwater swimming pools. They virtually clean themselves and require much less attention than pools that just use chlorine. The chlorine generator converts salt into chlorine, so you don't have to keep a constant check on the water sanitation. Algae does not grow as rapidly in saltwater pools because of the low stabilizer levels. Stabilizer is a chemical added to offset the harshness of chlorine. Because saltwater pools don't have the chemical chlorine, a stabilizer isn't required.
Over time, you will save money with a saltwater pool. While the best pool options are initially a lot more expensive to put in, they are a more cost-effective system in the end. Converting your traditional pool to a saltwater pool is not terribly expensive. Even with the extra expenses, you will make up for that loss after about two years. For many, this is one of the advantages. Chlorine is very expensive, and as compared, the amount of salt you'll use during a year is very inexpensive.