If you are looking for an alternative solution to sanitizing your pool, handling, storing and adding chlorine, you need to convert your pool to a salt-water pool by installing a chlorine generator. Aside from sanitizing your pool, a chlorine generator also maintains an even chlorine level in your pool water, and prevents the occurrence of red eye syndrome and irritating dry skin.
A salt chlorine generator is also called an electrolytic chlorine generator system. It adds the minimum level of saline needed by your pool. The amount of saline added is usually equivalent to a teaspoon for each gallon of pool water. The salt conversion unit produces natural soft water for your pool.
If you intend to buy a chlorine generator, you can do the following:
1. Determine your budget consider the amount you want to save on pool maintenance and the cost of using chlorine. Include the cost of the unit, consultation and shipping fees, and installation costs in your budget.
2. Consult a pool professional to size your pool, estimate the purifying requirements and estimate the cost of installation.
3. Research on the available kinds of chlorine generators that come in various sizes with varying features and compare prices. Know more about the types of generators available for residential pools.
- There are brine units that do not require salt to be added to the pool. A predetermined amount of salt is kept in a chamber or tank near the pool. Chlorine is automatically produced through an electrolysis process that later mixes with the pool circulation system.
- The second type of chlorine generator requires salt to be added to the water.
4. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of installing a chlorine generator:
- In-line. The in-line generator type is installed in your pool's filtration system and purifies your pool water while the pump is kept running.
- In-deck. The in-deck model is installed near the pool area and produces chlorine 24/7, even if the pump of the pool is turned off. Convection is the natural process that diffuses the chlorine into the pool water through a 'fizz' action. This model is recommended installed when the pool is renovated or constructed.
- In-pool. This model is one of the easiest to use and can come in a floating decorative type cell unit. Minimal installation is required since 'Plug n Play' technology is used. The power supply is just plugged in and the salt chlorine generator automatically sanitizes the pool round the clock even without the pool pump running. This model is usually recommended for pools used above the ground.
5. Find out the maintenance requirements including the added costs incurred to improve the generators longevity.
- A brine unit is not a common type used since it is quite messy to maintain and produces by-products that are not easy to dispose of.
- Inline units that maintain 24-hour water circulation is often recommended.
- The pool's chemistry has to be maintained even if chlorine does not need to be added to your pool. Your pool's cleaning system and pH level needs to be regularly checked.
6. Ask about the limited warranty and return policies.
7. Ask about the limited warranty and return policies
8. Total inclusive costs and terms of payment.
9. Choose the model that will fit your budget and needs.
After your purchase, make sure your chlorine generator regularly functions properly to constantly produce the required chlorine that will prevent the growth of algae in your pool. Keep your chlorine generator cell, free of mineral deposits and calcium so your generator continues to function efficiently.