If you are looking to install a swimming pool in your home or as a part of your organisation, then you must have come across the term, saltwater pool. In this article, we will tell you what this term means and how it is different from a regular swimming pool and if there are any advantages of shifting to a new type of pool.
What Is A Salt Water Pool
Most pools use chlorine tablets in their swimming pool water to act as a disinfectant. A salt water pool uses a minimal amount of chlorine which is not externally added in the form of tablets but is generated through the filter system that it uses. A saltwater pool doesn’t have an excess concentration of salt either. It contains almost 10 times less salt content than sea or ocean water. Salt water is less harsh on the hair, skin, and eyes than artificial chemicals like chlorine.
Popularity Of Salt Water Pools
Saltwater pools are increasingly becoming popular among people. Many people are preferring it over the traditional chlorinated water of a standard swimming pool. The hospitality and tourism industry which includes a number of resorts, hotels and spas are using these pools to attract a wider audience. It has become a major selling point for these industries. In countries like Bolivia, natural saltwater bodies are found that are major tourist attractions. Other than that, you can have an artificial saltwater pool set up in your home, school, gym or spa.
Saltwater Pools And Standard Chlorine Pools: A Comparison
The comparison will be based on a number of parameters:
- Modes of cleanliness
- Cost of installation
- Cost of maintenance
- A comparison of the smells
- Effects on the body
Let us look at these parameters in detail
Modes Of Cleanliness:
A saltwater pool requires a filtering machine called salt chlorine generator. The salt content is turned to chlorine via electricity, which helps in cleaning the pool. In a chlorine based pool, chlorine tablets are added for the purpose of disinfection. It is necessary however, to check the pH and salt levels of the pools. Excessive chemicals might cause skin damage while too little chemical content is useless for cleaning purposes. The amount of chemical added should be optimum.
Cost of Installation:
It costs more to install a saltwater pool because the filtering machine costs a lot in addition to other installation costs. In the long run however, it is a money saving venture since you do not have to buy and add chlorine tablets periodically.
Cost of Maintenance:
Long term costs are again less in a saltwater pool. It is easier to maintain a saltwater pool as the filtering process is done by the machine and there is no additional hassle of adding chlorine tablets regularly. The ph and salinity levels need to be checked on a weekly basis though.
A Comparison Of The Smells:
Chlorine has a slightly strong smell, some people find it difficult to tolerate that smell. A saltwater pool however, has a milder smell and is a good option for those who can’t stand the chlorine smell.
Effects On The Body:
A salt water pool is mild and has the least irritating effect on the skin. In comparison, a chlorinated pool could irritate the eyes, skin and even bleach your hair and your skin.