What's in Your Pool?
Summer is here and the temperatures are rising! You don't want to miss the joys of the outdoors sitting in the A/C all day, and getting to the beach can be a hassle. Having your own pool, however, is perfectly convenient and private! Whether you have a pool, or are thinking of installing one, the big decision you'll need to make this summer is — What type of water should I use?
Traditionally chlorinated pools require chemicals and constant maintenance, including testing the pH levels and shocking your pool every few weeks to eliminate excess bacteria. Nevertheless, there is definitely comfort in the familiarity of a chlorine pool and the fact that the initial investment is less costly than alternatives.
In a saltwater pool, a generator is used to convert salt into chlorine for sanitation. Although saltwater pools can cost $1,500–$2,500 to install, experts say their clients save $300–400 a year compared to chlorine pool owners since there is no need to purchase or add chemicals. Less chlorine also means more comfort! The water is much less harsh on skin, hair and clothing. Similarly, you will experience less irritation if you open your eyes underwater (but goggles are still your best option).
The use of a mineral water pool is gaining popularity. It is a more health-conscious method and sanitizes the water using copper and silver inside an ionization unit. Unlike a salt generator, mineral systems use no electricity. Mineral water includes magnesium chloride to help detoxify the skin and body, reduce stress and relieve sore muscles. Borate is also used in a mineral pool to stabilize pH levels, resulting in silkier water and aiding in the prevention of algae buildup. While this alternative sounds more like a spa, there are some concerns that the metals released may be harmful long-term, requiring expensive filters.
While there are other factors to consider when choosing which water is best for your pool, hopefully this guide provides you with a good foundation for your search. So, what type of pool will you have this summer?!