Build Your Own Pool (BYOP) experts in Arizona and Texas are frequently asked about chlorine versus salt water chlorinators. Which is better? Salt chlorinators have recently become more popular as pool owners desire an eco-friendly way to save money. But, it is essential to acknowledge that saltwater chlorinators do not replace chlorine; they convert table salt into chlorine. 

When the pool water passes through a salt water generator, it turns table salt into hypochlorous acid, which is the same element produced when chlorine enters pool water. Chlorine is a needed element that provides safe, beautiful pool water. 

Chlorine and Saltwater DIY Pool Designs 

BYOP specializes in offering homeowners beautiful pool designs that can be cleaned using saltwater or chlorine depending on which system is installed during the building process. BYOP Arizona pool design experts can explain the process further but here is the basic process. 

Chlorine Systems 

Chlorine is widely used to sanitize swimming pools because it is instrumental in killing contaminants and is easy and inexpensive to use. Chlorine produces hydrochloric acid as it interacts with the pool’s water. Hydrochloric acid is an active form of chlorine that penetrates bacteria’s cell walls as well as other potentially harmful organisms to cleanse the water and ensure safety. Super chlorinating the water is also known as shocking, which raises the chlorine levels ten times greater. This process is often used every two weeks in pools that are frequently used. Standard chlorine systems are connected to the filtration system to regularly distribute chlorine to the pool. 

Saltwater Systems 

A saltwater system is slightly different although it also produces chlorine as the pool water completes a process called electrolysis. A saltwater generator includes a salt cell with metal plates connected to a control box that sends an electrical charge to the plates to create chlorine. Pool water passes through the salt cell and turns the salt into hydrochloric acid, which is the same component formed when chlorine is added to pool water. The water that is returned to the pool after completing a cycle through the saltwater system is newly produced chlorine. The saltwater pool uses chlorine to cleanse the water as the generator produces chlorine. 

Which is Better: Salt or Chlorine Filters? 

Ultimately, saltwater versus chlorine filters is a personal choice that must be made by you: the pool owner. The saltwater system has a few benefits including: 

1. Pool owners do not need to handle chlorine directly 

2. Chlorine tablets and products do not need to be purchased on a regular basis because the saltwater system produces them 

3. Chlorine does not need to be stored on the premise 

4. Saltwater pools provide softer water than traditional chlorine systems 

5. Regular and special trips to the pool store are not needed to buy additional chlorine 

The downsides to a saltwater generator include: 

1. Saltwater generators cost substantially more than a chlorine-based system 

2. Saltwater can cause more corrosion on plastic, steel and pool components like handrails and ladders. Discuss building suggestions with the BYOP expert to ensure that you purchase decking that is salt friendly because salt is more corrosive than typical chlorine. 

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