A dip in your own pool is an awesome thing, no matter which way you splash it, but how do you know if saltwater or chlorine is better for you?
There are benefits to both actually. One point of confusion is that many people believe that saltwater pools contain zero chlorine. Not the case! In fact, the water in saltwater pools barely resembles seawater. A process called electrolysis is used to produce just the right amount of chlorine to disinfect the pool water.
The lower level of chlorine in saltwater pools makes the water easier on your eyes and skin. This is a smart choice for kids and swimmers who are in the water for a long time. Less chlorine will also keep swimwear and gear from fading as quickly. Possibly the best part? Saltwater pools don’t use as many chemicals as their chlorinated pool-partners, and this means less time spent tending to them.
On the other hand, saltwater pools are usually more expensive upfront. This is due, in part, to a more complex system, which means that repairs will require the help of a specialized technician. Saltwater is also tougher on liners, heaters, lighting, and any fixtures you might have.
On the other flipper, chlorine pools are great because they cost less to install. They are easier to maintain because you simply add chlorine, rather than it being produced naturally. Less electricity is consumed with chlorine pools because saltwater pools use a generator that converts the salt into chlorine. For chlorine pools to circulate water, and keep it clean, only a pump is required. Chlorine pools are also gentler on pool fixtures, and a bunch of the repairs can be done yourself.
Chlorine is famous for being hard on your eyes, and also your skin and hair. It can also harm any paint on pool decking, so you’ll need to consider what paint you use. You’ll also need to be on the beachball when it comes to maintaining the right chemical balance in the water. The right chlorine content keeps extra bacteria from building up, which means you’ve got to check it often or pay someone else to maintain it.
There is a lot to consider when choosing the right pool for you. Whether you choose saltwater or a chlorine pool, get out there and make a splash!
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