When it comes to providing sanitation for your swimming pool to keep algae out the two most popular methods are either using chlorine or salt. If you own a residential or commercial swimming pool there has been many discussions about Chlorine vs. Salt Water Swimming Pools. Depending on where you live there can be many benefits to owning a saltwater swimming pool but as a company that discusses swimming pool Calcium Hardness on a regular basis, this should go into your discussion before you purchase one.

It goes without saying that swimming pools need to be sanitized. To swim in bacteria-free water, you must swim in either a saltwater pool or chlorine pool. The question is, which one is better for you! There are many pros and cons of each and we hope this blog post helps to inform you

Pros to owning a chlorine pool

  • Doesn’t damage pool features
  • No installation
  • Uses less electricity
  • The initial investment is less

Cons of owning a chlorine pool

  • Can cause skin dryness and itchiness
  • Can fade your swimwear
  • Can increase health risks
  • Higher chemical cost

Pros of owning a saltwater pool

  • Lower chlorine consumption
  • Softer on skin
  • Doesn’t fade your swimwear
  • Lower chemical costs
  • Poses no health risks

Cons of owning a saltwater pool

  • Higher installation costs
  • Uses more electricity
  • Harder to operate in areas with hard water

In the Las Vegas area, we see a lot of saltwater swimming pools because our water is hard and many bathers enjoy the swim experience more. But as much as they are sold because purchasers are told they require less maintenance this isn’t necessarily true in our area. In fact, they aren’t maintenance free in Las Vegas because the electrode plates will scale with our hard water and prevent them from generating chlorine.

With that being said, if you own one you’re going to need to keep your Calcium Hardness levels low. That’s why we recommend changing out the water in your swimming pool every two years. If you should have any questions about chlorine vs. saltwater, please let us know. We recommend both types of sanitation and if you keep your hardness levels lower it will definitely allow the salt system to work much better!