Salt vs. Chlorine to Sanitize Your Pool
May 22, 2021
A clean swimming pool is the only way to go, which means you’re going to need a sanitizing system to keep the water sparkling. There are two options available to you: chlorine and salt. If you’re looking for a way to sanitize your pool that doesn’t require so many chemicals – in regard to the investment of both time and money – then a salt sanitation system is the way to go.
So what are the benefits of salt sanitation over chlorine? Well, understanding how a salt sanitizing system works will essentially give you the answer. It’s connected to the filtration system of the pool. The salt system has two metal plates in it and when the water passes through the salt cell of the sanitation system an electric current (electrolysis) binds the water molecules to the salt creating hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite.
It’s important to understand that these are the same chemicals found in the chlorine you purchase at a store. However, the difference is that they are naturally created through the salt sanitation process. This means that the water is less harsh on the body. Your pool water will not have the strong odor that occurs when using chlorine from a bottle. The water will be less abrasive on your skin as well.
Some might argue that the chlorine in a bottle is more effective at cleaning out bacteria from the pool. However, with a chlorine treated pool, you are required to test the pool water several times a week and add chemicals to adjust it appropriately, even sometimes “shocking” the water (adding a lot of chemicals to get it back where it needs to me – a process that means your pool can be unusable for a few days). A salt generator, however, is a continuous process, so you’re testing the water balance with less frequency and don’t need to shock the water nearly as often.
In the long run, using a salt sanitizing system should not only save you money on products, but it should also save you time. If you’re still uncertain as to which option is best for you, Aurora Pool, Spa & Billiard is happy to help. Feel free to give us a call or come by the showroom to discuss available options.