Saltwater pools are an alternative type of pool that, as their name suggests, make use of salt as their main water disinfectant instead of chlorine and other chemicals. While they are not completely chlorine free, the fact that salt is the primary method of cleaning the water gives saltwater pools a number of benefits when compared to their traditional counterparts. Understanding some of the advantages associated with choosing a saltwater pool can help you figure out if a saltwater pool is the right fit for your home.
One of the largest advantages of choosing a saltwater pool over a chlorine pool is the fact that you will not have to add things to the water at the same rate. Chlorine has to be constantly added to pool water to ensure that the levels do not dip too low; with a saltwater pool, the salt produces natural chlorine as needed, reducing how often you have to add things to the water. Of course, you'll still have to remove debris like leaves and twigs from the pool as you normally would.
Another advantage of choosing to use saltwater over traditional chlorinated water is the fact that saltwater is gentle on the skin, eyes, and hair. This means that you are less likely to suffer from dry patches of skin, red eyes, and split ends and other forms of hair damage. Beyond the reduced irritation, saltwater feels physically different from chlorinated water: it is a softer and more pleasant liquid to swim through. While saltwater may not be as gentle as taking a shower, it is definitely a step in the right direction. Further, saltwater will not bleach swimsuits and other items of clothing or materials that are submerged in the water, which can occur if chlorine levels are too high.
An additional upside of choosing to use salt to disinfect your water is the fact that it does not carry the same level of smell as chlorine does. Swimming in a traditional chlorinated pool can leave your skin smelling like chemicals for a while afterward, while you may not even be able to tell that you went swimming even without taking a shower if you go for a dip in a saltwater pool. This is especially important for people with asthma or other respiratory conditions, who may find it harder to breathe when exposed to heavily chlorinated water.
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