Chlorine, salt or bromine – which one is right for you?
At Wichita Pools, our answer is: what would you prefer? The reason we ask is because in Wichita, Kansas and surrounding communities, unlike many other regions, no single sanitation system is “the one.” Perhaps you have heard friends with pools talking about their preference as though it were the only solution. It isn’t.
Here are some things to keep in mind. As always, please contact us for more information and to discuss your particular needs.
Historically, chlorine is the go-to chemical for sanitizing pools. It works! No matter what system you choose, you will still rely on some chlorine for shocking your pool from time to time.
PROS: Chlorine is stable and can be stored for long periods of time. In addition, once it is added, based on several factors with the condition of the water, it may continue to neutralize bacteria and other biological contaminants long after its initial application.
CONS: Chlorine pools must be regularly tested and maintained. Health issues and respiratory problems have been associated with exposure to chlorine, and the chloramines and other byproducts can cause skin and eye irritation.
Bromine and chlorine are similar in the way they work, but there are a few fundamental differences. The byproduct of the sanitizing process with bromine is bromamine. Unlike chloramines (eye and skin irritants in chlorine), bromamines continue to sanitize and is less odorous than chlorine.
PROS: Unlike chlorine, bromine is more stable in warmer temperatures, making it an excellent choice for hot tubs and warmer pool temperatures, and it continues to sanitize for longer periods of time than chlorine.
CONS: Bromine is more expensive than chlorine or salt, and the smell of bromine, while weaker, is more difficult to remove than chlorine.
Salt Water Systems
Salt systems generate chlorine to form hypochlorite from the salt and water. After the sanitizer has done its job, it reverts back into salt water, and the process repeats itself as scheduled with the generator. Most systems can generate the equivalent to several pounds of chlorine per day.
PROS: Saltwater systems don’t generate the volume of chloramines (eye and skin irritants) of traditional chlorine pools, and the pool pH remains nearly neutral.
CONS: The initial expense for the unit and cell is significant. Salt cells normally need to be replaced every two to five years, depending on several factors.