Summer is officially here, and there’s no better time to upgrade your chlorine pool to a saltwater system. Many homeowners find that swimming in a saltwater pool is a much more pleasant experience than swimming in a traditionally chlorinated one. In this blog post, we explore why pool owners all across America are converting their pools to saltwater systems, and why you should consider this upgrade too.

At Always Clear Pool Cleaning & Repairs, we can provide you with a wide variety of cost-effective pool upgrades, such as variable speed pool pumps, which can save you thousands of dollars over their lifetime, money-saving heat pumps, automation systems to control all aspects of your pool equipment, and even color-changing LED lights. Get in touch with us today if you’re interested in converting your pool to a saltwater system or any of our other exciting pool upgrades. We serve homeowners across Central Brevard County, including in Viera, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa, Port St. John, Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Sharpes, Patrick AFB, and Melbourne.

What is a Saltwater System?

There is a widespread misconception that saltwater pools contain no chlorine. The truth, however, is that saltwater pools are chlorinated. In fact, the way saltwater systems work is by converting salt into chlorine. This type of chlorine, however, is much less harsh than that used in traditional pools, as we will discuss below. It also means that your pool will contain less chlorine overall since, unlike traditional pools, which require the frequent application of liquid chlorine and tablets, saltwater pools generate their own chlorine at a steady rate over time. 

To convert your pool to a saltwater system, you must first install a salt chlorine generator to the pool system. Salt is then added to the water, which flows through the generator and is converted to pure chlorine through electrolysis. Despite their name, saltwater pools contain only a tenth of the salinity of ocean water. Their salt content is approximately that of human tears.

What are the Advantages? 

  • Gentler on the body: Saltwater pools are much softer on the body than traditionally chlorinated ones. Unlike many traditional pools, they will cause less red eyes, dry or itchy skin, or discolored hair, making them a great option for people with body sensitivities. 
  • Cost less to maintain: While the conversion price for a saltwater system may seem somewhat costly upfront, over time your saltwater system will pay for itself many times over. This is because purchasing swimming pool salt is less expensive than purchasing chlorine. Chlorine not only costs a lot but it is constantly evaporating, meaning that you have to rebuy it often. With a saltwater system, you only have to pay the minimal costs of adding salt a couple of times a season.  Overall, a saltwater pool will cost you less than $100 a year in salt and chemicals, whereas a traditionally chlorinated pool can cost as much as $800 a year. 
  • Lower maintenance: Because saltwater pools don’t require the frequent reapplication of chlorine that traditional ones do, they require much less maintenance overall. This means that you’ll have more time to actually enjoy your swimming pool, rather than constantly tending to it. 
  • Safer: Handling and even storing chlorine can be very dangerous, as it is poisonous, flammable, and corrosive. It must be kept at all times in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated location that is out of reach of any children. Salt, however, requires no special storage considerations and allows parents to rest assured that their children are not in harm’s way.

Upgrade Your Pool to a Saltwater System Today!

If you’re interested in learning more about converting your pool to a saltwater system, contact us for a free quote today.