According to the Salt Institute, there are over 1.4 million salt water pools in operation throughout the United States. This swimming pool trend has recently taken off since its initial start in the 1960s due to its eco-friendliness, low operational costs, and minimal maintenance requirements. These factors are all attractive to residential pool owners, with many choosing to convert their chlorine treatment systems over to salt water treatment systems, saving time and money. Although the salt water systems cost more up front, they are much less expensive to operate long-term, quickly returning your initial investment. If you’re considering making a switch to salt water, is it a better fit for an in-ground or above ground swimming pool? The answer is simple…both!
Salt Water Treatment Systems Explained
The chlorinator is a piece of equipment that’s part of your swimming pool’s circulation system that is responsible for helping maintain the cleanliness of your pool by releasing chlorine into the water. When switching to a salt water treatment system, the traditional chlorinator is replaced with a salt water electro-chlorinator that uses electricity to convert salt into a safer form of chlorine called sodium hypochlorite. The salt water electro-chlorinator can be added to any above ground or in-ground pool’s water circulation system as a first step in converting from chlorine to salt. Switching out the chlorinator, combined with adding pool salt to your water, allows for a safer, lower cost alternative to the harsh chlorine that is found in most pools.
Tips for Selecting a Salt Water Treatment System for Your Above Ground or In-Ground Pool
After gaining a better understanding how salt water treatment systems work in any type of pool, it’s important that you select a system that’s right for your needs. The experts at LinerWorld always recommend consulting with a pool professional and following the manufacturer’s guidelines when making a selection, to minimize the risk of incorrectly purchasing and installing your salt water system. No matter which type of pool you own, keep these tips in mind when selecting a salt chlorinator:
- Pool Size: It’s commonly recommended that you select a system that can accommodate a slightly larger pool then what you already have or plan to install. This helps to extend the lifespan of your salt cell, which is the area within the chlorinator that converts salt to sodium hypochlorite.
- Initial Cost: As previously mentioned the initial cost of installing a salt water treatment system is much higher than the traditional chlorine one. Factoring in the initial cost of your system and the replacement costs of the salt cell are also important. The quality of your overall water treatment system is directly correlated to the replacement time frame of the salt cell which can range anywhere from 3-5 years.
- Features of the Salt System: These systems come in a wide-range of prices and have many different features. It’s important to list the features you require in a salt system prior to purchasing, as these have a direct impact on the amount of maintenance you will have to perform as a pool owner.
Homeowners of any pool type can easily convert their swimming pool over to salt water in a few easy steps. The Salt Institute shares that over 80% of the world’s pools use a salt water system, making it a popular way to reduce your exposure to a high concentration of chlorine and time spent on maintenance. Whether you own an above ground or in-ground pool, your friends & family can enjoy the many advantages that salt water brings!
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