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Saltwater or Chlorine Pros and Cons of EachThe assumption that maintaining a healthy pool requires that you buy and handle chlorine on a regular basis is not quite accurate. Many pool owners are discovering the possibility of utilizing saltwater as a means for having a pool that is safe and clean. Saltwater pools do not completely eliminate the element of chlorine from the water. However, they do allow the owner to eliminate the need to handle and store chlorine near their home. Saltwater pools utilize a generator which uses the saltwater itself to produce chlorine independently. This alternative system presents many advantages in terms of pool maintenance. Alternatively, there are also some aspects of this system that will present noticeable differences from the more traditional chlorine system.

A saltwater pool, aside from eliminating the need to handle chlorine directly, reduces the accumulation of fungi and algae in the water. The result is less time spent cleaning the water and the pool surfaces. The frequency with which the water must be changed is dramatically reduced. Typically, pool owners over-saturate their pools with chlorine, causing irritation to the skin and eyes. Saltwater pools produce a steady and consistent flow of

chlorine, eliminating this concern. From the perspective of price, it does cost more money to make the initial conversion to the saltwater system. However, pool owners will save more money over time by stabilizing the chlorine levels.

Considering the long-term effects of chlorine on the body can give one pause in this decision. A saltwater system puts less chlorine in the water over time when compared with pools utilizing traditional chlorine additives. In addition, the generators breakdown chloramines more quickly over time, resulting in less damage to a swimmer’s skin, hair, and eyes. Individuals with allergies typically find that swimming in saltwater pools causes them much less irritation than normal. As the skin experiences less irritation, it will also be softened and soothed by the trace amounts of salt which remain in the water after filtration.

Despite the many

advantages, pool owners must consider the fact that pool components and equipment will become damaged slightly faster with regular exposure

to saltwater. This degradation can effect pool linings, submerged lighting, and other exterior components. The generator needed to maintain a saltwater pool system also requires electricity. The increased cost based on electricity should play a part when considering conversion. On average, a 20,000 gallon pool would require close to 500 watts of power. Consulting the professionals at NYC pool management specialists can assist you in fully exploring the total potential of your pool.

Written By: Kristene Blackham

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While it’s safe to say that many manufacturers in the industry have stuck to their guns the past few years with many of their product lines, there are some great new things on the market for 2013 as well as some tried and true classics here at Swimtown Pool Supplies that you’re going to want to take a close look at.

Grand Entry Wedding Cake Pool Steps – wedding cake pool stepshttp://www.swimtownpools.com/Grand-Entrance-Pool-Step-For-In-Ground-Pool-p/ne1085.htm Easy to make a level install with these fabulous steps. Resin handrails are sturdy and water flow through stops ugly algae growth.

saltron retro chlorinator

Saltron Retrohttp://www.swimtownpools.com/Saltron-Retro-Saltwater-Chlorinator-p/nc3063.htm There are a lot of advantages to moving to a saltwater pool but many people we talk to are scared off thinking it will be difficult to make the switch. Whether you have an above ground or an in ground pool, though, the Saltron Retro Chlorinator makes it a relative snap to enjoy the benefits of a saltwater pool.

Stabilized chloring tablets – http://www.swimtownpools.com/Protech-3-Stabilized-Chlorine-Tabs-Wrapped-50Lb-p/668101397.htm – Want to know what we sell the most of? This stuff. These things have 90% active chlorine and dissolve slowly. A slow dissolve can be helpful when you get blistering hot temperatures like we have last summer. Our site was flooded with people trying to figure out why their pool water was so cloudy and the biggest cause was the heat evaporating all the chlorine. If the summer starts out hot, you’ll want to stock up.

Pro Series Poolsnot intex, this is a pro series poolhttp://www.swimtownpools.com/proseries-metal-frame-pools-s/1468.htm  The launch of Intex and other metal frame pools have lowered the entry level of cost for people looking to beat the heat this pool season. With several options and upgrades available, the Pro Series offers a sturdy entry level pool for some good ol’ fashioned family fun.

A new solar coverhttp://www.swimtownpools.com/solar-pool-covers-s/292.htm  Especially if you have an above ground pool, it’s worth avoiding the hassle and eyesore of throwing your old beaten, torn up solar cover back on the pool. Trust us, your neighbors are judging you.

Hayward Shark Vac (w/caddy)shark vac
http://www.swimtownpools.com/Hayward-Shark-Vac-Pool-Cleaner-W-Caddy-p/rc9742.htm
– “Robotic pool cleaners are SOOOOOO expensive.” Not all of them. The Shark Vac gets the job done at an entery level price point. You’ll be impressed with what you get for the cost.