The Great Pool Debate
Let us begin with a spoiler alert: there is no extraordinary difference between saltwater and chlorine pools. Both types of pools use chlorine as a sanitizer to kill harmful bacteria and organisms in the water. Chemically, the only difference is that saltwater pools use a special chlorine generator to produce chlorine through electrolysis, which then injects the required amount of less-harmful chlorine automatically into the water. From a pool owner’s perspective, the main difference comes in the form of the pros and cons of each.
The one main advantage of a chlorine pool is initial cost – it is much cheaper to install, but harder to take care of in the long run. And although saltwater pools are more expensive upfront, they can pay for themselves after a few years. In fact, the cost to maintain a saltwater swimming pool is less than half the cost to maintain a chlorine pool.
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. With a chlorine pool, you have to monitor and then manually add the required chlorine shocks for pool sanitization. They don’t require you to buy, store, or handle a lot of chemicals.
Chlorine pools require you to buy, store and handle toxic chemicals on a regular basis. Saltwater pools, on the other hand, require far fewer chemicals and you don’t have to deal with any of them. You also won’t have to suffer the odor of chlorine anymore.
One unmistakable benefit to saltwater pools: you won’t need to head for the shower to rise off an irritating layer of chlorine as soon as you get out of the pool. Instead, after swimming in saltwater, your skin will feel soft, your hair will feel silky and you won’t have stinging eyes.
Choosing your best options depends on how dedicated you wish to be with your pool both financially and in terms of your time. However, there is a third option. If you already have a chlorine pool, you can change it into a saltwater pool! More and more hotels and water parks are now converting to saltwater pools mainly because they are less expensive to keep clean.
To convert to a saltwater system, you won’t need to alter any device such as filter, pump, or heater in your current setup. All that you’ll need to do is install a saltwater chlorine generator in the appropriate location and add some sodium chloride (otherwise known as table salt). Many pool owners report that once they convert to a saltwater pool, they spend much more time swimming and less time measuring and messing with the chemicals.