With the summer days finally upon us, one of the best ways to take advantage of the warm weather is to take a relaxing dip in a pool. It can be extra relaxing if it is your own pool that you can use in the privacy of your own home.
But all of the considerations and decisions you have to make when buying, installing and caring for your pool can quickly turn the whole enterprise from relaxing into a nightmare.
One such consideration you have to make is deciding whether to go for a traditional chlorine pool or a salt water one? You may not even know if you live in a warm enough climate to even own a salt water pool?
Well, fear not, because we have all the information you need to know about salt water pools:
What exactly is a salt water pool?
First of all, let’s get everybody up to date on what exactly a salt water pool is. In a regular, chlorine based pool, the pool water is sanitized by adding highly concentrated levels of chlorine to the pool using a chlorinator connected to the pool’s filtration system. This chlorine helps keep the pool free of harmful bacteria.
In a salt water pool, granular salt is added to the water. A salt system or generator is installed in the pool, consisting of a salt cell and a control box. When the salt water passes through this generator, the control box sends an electrical charge to the salt cells which converts the salt into hypochlorous acid, which then chlorinates the pool water at large. This process is known as electrolysis.
In either case, the pool water will contain chlorine which helps keep it clean – the difference is in how that chlorine ends up in the water.
Will my salt water pool still work even when it’s cold?
You may have heard that you can only have a salt water pool if you live in a warmer climate. Whilst this is not completely true, there is an element of truth to it.
The salt cells in your pools generator can only convert the salt into hypochlorous acid when the water has a temperature of 60 degrees or higher.
For most salt water pool generators, there are in built censors that automatically detect when the pool water drops to colder than 60 degrees, and switch the generator off. Then, once the water temperature rises back up again, the generators automatically turn back on.
This means that, in the colder months, you can’t rely on your salt water pool to regulate itself. This doesn’t, however, mean that you can’t have a salt water pool if you don’t live in an area that is hot year round.
Once the weather starts to drop down, simply have a floating chlorinator in your pool. This chlorinator will keep your pool chlorinated in the same way traditional chlorine pools do, and will keep your pool usable during the colder months. Once the weather picks back up again, simply remove the floating chlorinators.