Chlorinated Pools vs Saltwater

Some people swear up and down that saltwater pools are the only way to go because they are free of chlorine and are a healthier option. Others stick to chlorine because they simply don’t like the maintenance and feel of saltwater. Today we’ll discuss both types so you can decide.


This chemical is what keeps pools clean and bacteria-free. Even saltwater pools use a little (when the salt breaks down it creates chlorine in small doses). Chlorine breaks down into different chemicals that destroy microorganisms and bacteria by destroying lipids, enzymes, and cell structures. Due to the destructiveness of chlorine, many pool owners worry about the health of their friends, family, children, dogs, and themselves. There is chlorine in all human bodies, but increased levels in the body can become toxic.

Hours after leaving the pool you can still smell chlorine and you feel the difference in your skin, making you rush to a soapy shower or bath.

Chlorinated pools are often cheaper upfront due to the fact that a chlorine generator isn’t needed upfront. However, more maintenance is needed to keep it clean and the amount of chlorine needs to be fairly exact for the best performance (but there are people out there to help with this information).

The chlorine is effective in killing contaminants, but fairly harmless chloramines remain, needing more chlorine to remove them and the chlorine itself can be harmful to skin and eyes.

Committed pool owners with time to maintain the pool (and possibly some money for professional cleaning) are more than happy to close chlorine for the low cost (not counting maintenance), they are not, however, ideal for those not wanting to perform regular tests and cleaning.


Chlorinated Pools vs Saltwater

Many people assume saltwater pools are just like the ocean, but they’re not. The salt levels are much lower. Saltwater pools do end up with small levels of chlorine through the electrolysis of the saltwater generator.

Chlorine is the smell of summer! Only it doesn’t have to be. Saltwater pools do not leave everyone smelling of chlorine and the feeling skin has after a dip in chlorinated water is no longer an issue.  Saltwater pool owners often report less stinging of eyes and softer skin after swimming in a saltwater pool as opposed to chlorinated one.

Other products like pH balancers may need to be used in these pools, but since salt does not evaporate, it doesn’t need to be added regularly and some people even use basic table salt.

Despite the cleanliness chlorine claims to offer, algae can still be major problems. Luckily, saltwater can decrease the build-up of algae, prolonging the life of the pool thanks to the steady stream of chlorine from the electrolysis process.

Converting a pool to saltwater from chlorine can be very costly, but it can save money in the long run. Saltwater pools need less manual leaning and fewer chemicals, but generators that use up fairly large amounts of electricity with expensive replacement, parts, and maintenance.

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