There’s something uniquely nostalgic about the smell of a chlorine pool on a hot summer day. For some people, however, chlorine can cause unpleasant eye and skin irritation that makes swimming less enjoyable.
Fortunately for these folks, using chlorine isn’t the only way to keep a swimming pool clean. While some homeowners prefer chlorine pools, others are increasingly opting for their salt water next of kin. But while salt water systems have many advantages, they also have a few notable drawbacks you’ll want to look out for.
So, do the pros outweigh the cons? You’ll have to stick around to find out.
Why Should I Consider a Salt Water Pool?
First, salt water pools have much lower chlorine levels than conventionally chlorinated pools. Not only is the water gentler on your eyes and skin, but it also takes on a “soft water” feel that most people prefer to the harsher feel of chlorinated water.
What’s more? Salt water systems generally require less maintenance, due to the fact salt cells produce chlorine as needed. You will still have to check chlorine levels periodically, but not as often as you would with a regular chlorine pool.
What Are The Downsides?
While there are a number of advantages to salt water systems, there are a few caveats to consider as well. For starters, a salt water system requires a more substantial financial investment when compared to chlorine pools, and they tend to be more complex. The system itself can cost over $5,000 or more, and if you experience sanitation problems, salt water pools often require the professional oversight of an experienced technician.
Another important notion to dispel is the idea that salt water pools are “chemical free.” Although salt water minimizes the amount of chemicals in the water, both chlorine and salt-water systems produce the same disinfectants in their delivery systems.
What’s Our Verdict?
It ultimately depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re adamant about minimizing your use of chlorine, salt water pools may be your best option. However, if you’re not quite sure whether you’re ready to make that initial investment, you might benefit from taking a step back and learning more about your options.
Feel free to give VistaPro Pools & Spas a call today! We can be reached at 301-805-0119.