The debate of chlorine vs salt pools has been going on for a long time, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Maintenance, cost and health concerns are the main reasons for debate, but there does not appear to be a clear-cut winner. Based on your personal needs and wants, only you can make the decision what is best for you!
Saltwater pools use dissolved salt through a salt chlorinator unit instead of chlorine tablets to sanitize and clean the water. The pH levels of the water must be maintained on a regularly as a steady salt-to-water ratio level must be maintained. The weekly or monthly amount of salt you add would depend on the amount of rain, the amount of backwashing done to the pool, as well as the amount of water lost due to splashing or draining of the water or regular evaporation.
- Less maintenance
- Lower overall cost
- Levels of chlorine (byproduct of the salt) are much lower so they won’t sting your eyes, are safer on skin and hair
- Far less damaging chemicals
- May be better at clearing bacteria in water than salt
- Clears up water quicker. Clearing the water up in a chlorine system can take 24 to 48 hours, where saltwater systems may take 3 to 5 days depending on levels
- Easy to operate as you simply add tablets
Whether you choose to clean your pool with chlorine or salt is definitely a personal choice. Either way, keeping your pool clean and free of bacteria is an important part of pool care and your families health.