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What is a pool chlorinator?
A pool chlorinator, also known as a chlorine generator or salt chlorinator, is a device used to sanitise swimming pool water by producing chlorine from salt. It is commonly used in saltwater pools as an alternative to traditional methods of adding chlorine, such as using liquid or tablet chlorine.
How does a pool chlorinator work?
Here's how a pool chlorinator typically works:
Saltwater System: The pool chlorinator is connected to the pool's circulation system, usually after the filter. The system includes a control unit and a salt cell or electrolytic cell.
Salt Conversion: The control unit regulates the operation of the chlorinator. Salt is added to the pool water, typically in the range of 2,500 to 5,000 parts per million (ppm). The control unit then generates a small electric voltage potential that passes through the salt cell.
Electrolysis Process: As water flows through the salt cell, the electric voltage potential causes the salt (sodium chloride) to undergo electrolysis. This process separates the salt into its components, sodium and chlorine.
Chlorine Production: The chlorine gas produced during electrolysis dissolves in the water, creating hypochlorous acid and other chlorine-based compounds. These compounds act as sanitizers, effectively killing bacteria, algae, and other contaminants in the pool water.
Continuous Chlorination: The chlorinator operates continuously, automatically producing and maintaining a consistent level of chlorine in the pool water. The control unit allows you to adjust and monitor the chlorine output to meet the pool's needs.
Is a saltwater pool better than a chlorinated pool?
Whether a saltwater pool or a chlorinated pool is “better” depends on personal preferences, however there are a few things that should be taken into consideration. Both pools provide adequate sanitation and maintain water quality when properly maintained.
A big advantage of a saltwater pool chlorinator is that it provides a steady and consistent supply of chlorine without the need to handle and add chlorine manually. It eliminates the need for storing and handling chlorine products, simplifies pool maintenance, and can reduce the occurrence of chloramine build up, which is responsible for common chlorine-related issues such as eye and skin irritation.
Some people find that saltwater pools offer a more pleasant swimming experience, as the chlorine levels are maintained continuously and may be less harsh on the skin, eyes, and hair compared to the irregular spikes in chlorine level that come with direct addition of traditional chlorine.
It's important to note that while a pool chlorinator generates chlorine, it does not eliminate the need for other water balance and maintenance tasks. Regular testing of water chemistry, pH adjustment, and periodic cleaning of the salt cell are still necessary to ensure proper pool water balance and optimal chlorinator performance.
Talking to your local Irrigear expert can help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs and preferences.
How often do I need to change the salt in my pool?
You generally don’t need to change the salt in your pool - it does not degrade, evaporate or get used up quickly. However you do lose salt through splash out and backwashing, and when there is significant rainfall. When you have your water tested, the salt levels should be checked and the appropriate amount added.
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- What is a pool chlorinator?
- How does a pool chlorinator work?
- Is a saltwater pool better than a chlorinated pool?
- How often do I need to change the salt in my pool?
At your local Irrigear Independent Experts you'll find access to some of Australia's leading pool chlorinator solutions, designed and proven for Australian environmental conditions:
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