Many people enjoy having a pool in their backyard, but if you have ever owned one, you know how much work goes into it. Most residential pools are maintained through a mixture of harsh chemicals like chlorine, but if you want the beauty of a pool without adding harsh chemicals, you should try a salt water pool. Here are just some of the benefits that come with salt water pool systems.
Gentle on Eyes and Skin
One of the main benefits of a salt water system is a drastically lower amount of chemicals required to maintain it. Chlorine levels are generally lower with a salt generator. People who are sensitive to chlorine often report fewer irritations when using a salt water system. Say goodbye to green hair, dried out skin, and eye irritation.
Safer Than Chlorine
In tablet or liquid form, chlorine can be dangerous to store and transport. Studies have shown that chlorinated water may also pose a long-term health risk, which may not apply to salt water systems to the same extent. Based on the lower amount of harsh chemicals, there is a lower risk of long term health problems from a salt water pool as opposed to a chlorinated one.
The Water Feels Softer
If you have a water softener in your home, you know that the addition of salt makes water feel smooth and silky to the touch, much like rain water. Most people prefer this to the sometimes-abrasive feel of chlorinated water. The salt added to the water literally makes the water softer, providing you with a less harsh and more relaxing feel. This softer water leaves you feeling more hydrated and has you worrying less about the hard-chemical abrasion.
The best benefit of all! Pool maintenance is more “hands-off” with a salt water system, as the salt cell simply produces chlorine as needed. That said, you still have to monitor chlorine levels periodically to make sure everything is working okay, but most of the heavy lifting is done through the pool system. The system uses a process called electrolysis to create minimal amounts of chlorine that allow your system to stay fresh and clean, but won’t provide nearly as much chemical impact on your experience. You check the levels and pretty much forget about all the maintenance, cleaning, and monitoring required by standard chlorine systems.