Swimming pools are a popular addition to many homes as they provide a great place to relax, socialize with family and friends, and even exercise. But as with many products in our world, pools are going through a fairly large shift as more and more customers are switching from chlorine swimming pools to saltwater systems. So which is right for you? Here are some things to consider.
Most people assume that saltwater swimming pools contain no chlorine, the chemical that many consumers associate with burning eyes when they go swimming. But in actuality, saltwater systems use the salt to generate their own chlorine to clean the pools. This means that the pool owner does not have to spend a lot of money going out and purchasing chlorine as a chemical additive to put into the water. Instead, the pool generates this itself. It also means that the chlorine is steadily released over time, not in bursts like a manual system. Because the overall level of chlorine is lower, saltwater pools are gentler to skin and eyes.
Also, chlorine pools have a tendency to build up algae and bacteria. Because of this, it becomes necessary to do routine chemical cleanings of the pools to ensure that these problems do not get out of hand, ruining the pool and its surfaces. Many chlorine pool owners often have to routinely add “shock” to the water to kill off the bacteria that can build up from time to time. This, however, is not as prevalent in saltwater pools.
The one major drawback to saltwater pools is that a saltwater system actually costs more at first to build. So ultimately, pool owners have to decide if they want low start-up costs coupled with higher monthly maintenance or a higher start-up price paired with lower monthly fees. Either way, a pool is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family.