When it's 90 degrees on a Rhode Island/Massachusetts summer day, there's no where better to be than next to your beautiful in-ground pool. Unlike heading to the beaches in South County or on the Cape, there's no traffic or post-beach-day sand all over to worry about. Sounds great, right!? Let's explore some of the differences between two popular pool filtration/chlorination system types. When purchasing your pool, you will ultimately decide between one and the other.
Salt Water based pools
- Traditionally larger up-front investment in filter/pump
- Less on-going maintenance requirements
- Less on-going time commitment from owner for pool water maintenance
- Less drying to skin than traditional chlorine based pools
Salt water filtration systems also clean your pool through a cholorination process, however, the main difference is that the system generates its own chlorine as opposed to requiring continuous use/changing of tablets or liquid chlorine. The cost of installing a salt water filtration system is often higher than a traditional filter system. An electrolysis system (often called salt water generator, or salt water chlorinator) is added to the the filter - this is where the system generates chlorine to clean your pool. Salt water pools require little on-going maintenance - the system maintains the chemical balance of the pool largely itself.
Traditional Chlorination based pools
- Less up-front investment when installing your pool
- Requires on-going purchase of chemicals to balance the pH of your pool
- Often requires large time investment from owner to maintain pool water
Traditional chlorination based pools require a smaller up-front investment, but this initial savings is undeniably offset by the amount of time and money spent on chlorine and pH testing/balancing supplies to maintain the pool. The pH of your pool should be between 7.2 and 7.6, alkalinity between 100 and 150 parts per million, and calcium between 200-300 parts per million. All of these levels will require careful and ongoing additions of various chemicals so depending on how pure you'd like the water of your pool. The cost of these chemicals can add up! Salt water systems largely remove the requirements for this level of on-going maintenance.
Bottom Line: we prefer to recommend Salt Water based pools!
We believe that the benefits of salt water based filtration systems outweighs the initial additional investment in equipment. You will enjoy your additional saved time and money moving forward after you install your system.
Can I convert my existing pool to Salt Water?
Often, Yes! Please call us at (401) 826-9780 or request more information on our website!