With the recent chlorine shortage, many homes, HOA’s, and apartment buildings in Central Florida are turning to salt water swimming pools. To help you make the best choice, we’ve weighed out the pros and cons of both types of swimming pools.
Salt water swimming pools
The most modern type of swimming pool that has recently transformed the world of swimming pools is the saline pool. It process uses a electrolysis by the way of a chlorine generator to convert salt into chlorine.
The benefits of a salt water swimming pool
Since saltwater swimming pools don’t use harsh chemicals, they are easier on the body and swimwear.
This also means there won’t be that strong smell of chlorine.
Saltwater pools are less irritating to the eyes, hair, and skin.
They are most cost effective in the long run
There is less maintenance needed, when compared to chlorine pools
No need to buy, transport or store chlorine
The water is softer, which means the water feels silky and smooth
According to Real Simple, salt helps promote healthy breathing and reduce allergy issues
According to the American Lung Association, inhaling fine salt particles is actually very beneficial for promoting healthy breathing and reducing allergies. As it turns out, all those fine salt particles draw water into our lung airways, which thins any mucus that might be there. Fun fact: There’s even a therapeutical treatment called Halotherapy that solely focuses on breathing in salt particles via methods like halogenerators and bathing in salt water.
Drawbacks of a salt water swimming pool
They typically have a higher initial investment
They require a salt chlorine generator
The swimming pool will need salt water specific parts because salt water is corrosive
The system itself can be more complex than a chlorine system
Recent studies show over 75% of new swimming pools use saltwater technology. Though the initial cost of a salt chlorine generator system may be higher than a chlorine system, the reduced maintenance, less chemicals and chlorine pucks, over time the saltwater pool will pay for itself.
Check back with us next week for the benefits and drawbacks of chlorinated swimming pools. Until then, contact Dreamscapes Pools and Spas for more information.