We recommend several saltwater pool systems: the Aqua-Rite System from Hayward or the Jandy AquaPure. These two models are the most reliable source for chlorine generation.
A common misconception is that saltwater pools are not a chlorine pool. A saltwater pool uses an electrolysis process using salt as the basis to generate chlorine.
Saltwater Pool Conversion
The advantages of a Saltwater Pool are:
• Water feels softer to skin
• Saves you money on chemicals
• Easy on swimming pool finishes
• Better for the environment
By adding a minimum salt level to your pool, the equivalent of one teaspoon per gallon of water, and one of these salt systems, we can show you the way to trouble free pool maintenance as well as the luxury of having silky soft water everyday, the natural way.
No more irritating dry skin or red eye syndrome!
The electrolysis process is achieved by passing the salt water solution through an electrolytic cell which converts sodium chloride (salt) in the water into chlorine gas which, when dissolved in water becomes sodium hypochlorite (liquid chlorine). So you are in fact producing your own chlorine to sanitize the pool.
The cell usually consists of a white or clear plastic housing containing the electrodes, made up of an anode, and a cathode made from or coated with exotic metals like platinum, titanium. The cell and electrodes may differ in size, however the principals of their operation remain the same.
Most chlorinators these days are equipped with controls to regulate the amount of chlorine produced, depending on individual requirements, and are fitted with a gauge to show the set level. Some units come with time clocks and in-built facilities for pool lights, and other more sophisticated options.
Selecting a Suitable Model
Not sure which unit is right for you? Tell us you want one and we will walk you through our sizing process to determine which unit is right for your individual needs.
A number of factors will effect the selection of a saltwater pool chlorinator.
Size of the pool or spa - larger pools need larger chlorinators.
Bathing load - heavy loads consume more chlorine.
Size of the filtration system - poor water flow will require longer running time.
Summer water temperature - high temperature and strong sunlight cause faster loss of available chlorine.
Other Chemical Requirements
The requirements for chemical balance are the same for electrolytic chlorination, as for traditionally chlorinated pools. Total Alkalinity, pH, Calcium Hardness and chlorine levels should be checked regularly.
Chlorine stabilizer (isocyanuric acid) should be added to the pool and maintained at approx 30-50ppm, to reduce chlorine loss due to UV rays.
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