In one corner, we have the fan favorite, chlorine. In the second, we welcome the new contender, saltwater. Who will we declare the winner? That, you’ll be deciding for yourself in our blog today.
The battle of salt versus chlorine pools has created quite a stir. While there are clear advantages to both, we’ll be taking a more in-depth look at the cost, maintenance, and health concerns associated with each. Based on this information, we hope that you’ll walk away with a choice based on your particular wants and needs. Shall we get down to business?
Chlorine pools are the most common types of pools found today. Filtration is easy to operate and pool owners tend to favor this system because chlorine tablets are accessible in a variety of retail stores. In this process, pool owners add these tablets to either a pump until or in a disbursement device that dilutes in the water as time passes. One of chlorine’s advantages is that clears water much quicker than saltwater if bacteria or pH levels are off. It can be a matter of 1-2 days versus saltwater’s 3-5 days.
Saltwater pools, on the other hand, use dissolved salt rather than chlorine tablets. The chlorinator unit uses electrolysis to break down the salt, transferring it to the pool. Pool owners need to maintain the pH and salt-to-water levels on a regular basis. Maintenance routines are dependent on the rainfall your area receives. This will determine that volume salt added weekly as well as the amount of backwashing. Building or converting to a saltwater system initially costs more but pays for itself within the first 2-3 years.
What's YOUR verdict? If you are still a little unsure about which system is right for your household, give us a call at (405) 640-7007. We’re more than happy to help!