Those of us who live in the Houston area are lucky. We live fairly close to the Gulf Coast. Many Houstonians love the saltwater and salt air of the beach.
What if you could have that smell and feel of an ocean right in your backyard? You can — with a saltwater pool. Here is some information for you about saltwater pools.
What Are Saltwater Pools?
Saltwater pools are one of the two options you have for outdoor pools. While traditionally, chlorine pools have been the norm, many people now want something different. They want to replace a traditional chlorine pool system with a saltwater system. Both saltwater pools and chlorine pools have chlorine in them. They have to. Indoor and outdoor pools have to be able to rid the water of algae — which the chlorine kills. In a saltwater system, because of the breakdown of salt, the pool adds chlorine naturally. Electricity passes through the saltwater solution to create chlorine. Called a saltwater pool, it might make you think of the ocean. However, saltwater systems are different. There is only about one-tenth of the saltiness of the ocean in a saltwater pool.
Saltwater Pool Benefits
There are a lot of advantages to having a saltwater pool vs a chlorine pool. First, saltwater systems are gentler to a swimmer’s skin and eyes. People with allergies and asthma also find saltwater pools easier on their skin, eyes, and lungs. Chlorine pools can dry out your skin and cause it to become itchy and inflamed. Do you have a swimsuit that you love? The saltwater system will keep it looking newer for longer than a chlorine pool. Chlorine can also be hazardous to your health because you have to store it carefully. Breathing the fumes from chlorine products can be dangerous.
Are Saltwater Pools Sanitary?
Even though they contain less chlorine, saltwater pools are just as sanitary as chlorine pools. In addition to chlorine, which kills bacteria, bacteria find it difficult to thrive in a saltwater pool. The salt content makes the environment difficult for the bacteria to live in. You will find many hotels, apartment buildings, and resorts are now installing saltwater pools. In addition to these types of pools being sanitary, they are easier to keep clean than a chlorine pool. With a chlorine pool, you have to constantly maintain the proper chlorine levels. This means you have to test the water every day to make sure your water is the proper pH level. If it isn’t, you may see algae developing in your pool water. Once algae get into your pool, it can be very difficult to get rid of it.
Are Saltwater Pools Warmer?
Many people think that saltwater pools are either warmer or colder than chlorinated pools. However, neither is the case. They are neither warmer nor colder than chlorinated pools. If you want, you can choose to buy a saltwater heater for your pool. That way, you can make sure you can swim comfortably no matter what time of the year it is.
Cost Compared To Chlorinated Pools
A lot of people also think saltwater pools are more expensive than chlorinated pools. However, these pools are no more expensive than chlorinated pools. While saltwater pools cost more to buy upfront, they cost less than chlorinated pools in the long run. Saltwater pools have salt cells that are expensive to buy when you have the pool installed. However, you don’t have to spend the rest of your life buying chlorine products to regulate your pool.