Chlorine has been the gold standard of pool health for quite some time and while most begrudgingly accept it was a necessity to maintaining a pool, there’s a growing movement among pool owners to switch to salt water pools. But is this increasingly popular pool trend worth the hassle of changing systems? We looked at some salt water pool benefits and here’s what we found.
As it turns out, chlorine isn’t necessarily the safest choice for your long term health and pool enjoyment. Chlorine, in tablet or liquid form, is dangerous to store and transport. Beyond that, studies have shown that chlorine may pose a greater health risk long term. While saltwater pools still produce the same disinfection byproducts as traditional pools, they may be safer in the long run.
Because the addition of a saltwater system to your pool creates a “soft water” effect (if you have a soft water system in your home, it’s a similar process), many people have reported less irritation to their skin and eyes after installing a salt water pool compared to a traditional chlorinated pool.
Though there are certainly benefits to switching to a salt water system, there are some cons to consider as well. One of the main barriers people run into when it comes to pulling the trigger on a salt water pool is the cost. It’s not a cheap move to make as a pool owner, the initial investment often costing somewhere along the lines of $5,000 or more. After the initial investment, though, you’ll be saving money on chlorine, so the initial investment may pay for itself over the course of a few years.
Unlike a traditional chlorine pool, salt water pools produce chlorine as needed. This means less maintenance for you, though you will still need to monitor levels from time to time to ensure your salt water system is working properly.
Overall, moving to a salt water pool system might be a good move if you’re looking for some of the advantages listed above. But it’s always important to do your due diligence and research the implications for your particular pool situation.
Knowing about the growing trend of salt water pools can help you make the best decision for your pool needs. If you’re considering a salt water pool but don’t know where to start, we can help. Give us a call at (770) 451-1621 or visit us online for more information on how we can help convert your pool to a salt water system.
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