Most individuals that decide to purchase a pool and have it installed, have no idea that they have options when it comes to the type of water that they put in their pool. Many just assume that chlorine is the way to go. However, nowadays more and more people are considering using salt water swimming pools. But, one may wonder, is having a salt water swimming pool really to your advantage? Well, the answer is, “it depends on you and your circumstances.” In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of salt water swimming pools. Let’s get started.

Pros of a salt water swimming pool:

1. Salt water swimming pools are cheaper overall.

2. Many people believe that swimming in salt water swimming pool feels more natural than traditional chlorinated pools.

3. By using a salt water swimming pool you can avoid the toxic smell associated with chemical created chlorine as well as the harmful effects of it in which some believe causes cancer. In addition, since your pool won’t have chloromine, you are likely not to experience eye stinging and skin irritations as well.

4. Chemical created chlorine is very hard on your skin and can cause allergic reactions in many people. However, salt in a salt water swimming pool is similar to that found in our bodies. In addition, it is easy to handle and store in comparison to chemical created chlorine.

5. Salt water swimming pools are lower maintenance than the traditional chlorine pool but you do have to perform some weekly maintenance for optimal performance. For instance, you have to remove excess calcium to avoid buildup.

Cons of salt water swimming pools:

1. To run a salt generator and produce enough chlorine, one has to run the generator all day long which can actually be quite expensive since you have to replace it often. In addition, quality generators cost between $500 to $1100 or more.

2. Although maintenance of a salt water swimming pool is lower, you do have to evaluate it more frequently. For instance, PH levels tend to elevate quickly which can be quite problematic.
You must keep your salt water swimming pools free of mineral deposits so that it works properly.

3. You must choose the right heat exchanger so that the natural chlorine from your salt water swimming pool doesn’t damage it.

4. Salt water swimming pools may lead to faster damage of the pool’s equipment. Replacement parts for a salt water swimming pool tend to be more expensive than traditional chlorinated pools.

In conclusion, there are many pros and cons when trying to decide between a traditional chlorinated swimming pool and a salt water swimming pool. To make the best decision, you must evaluate both sides of the issue and then decide upon the system that is best for your individual needs while taking into consideration health benefits, costs and maintenance. Once you do this, you’ll be able to quickly determine which system is better and can choose the one that will work the best for your needs.

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