Pool maintenance can
be challenging, especially when it comes to keeping the pool water crystal
clear.While there are numerous
sanitization systems, the ones frequently inquired about are UV-Ozone systems
and salt chlorinators. Here in this comparison article, we’ll establish the
difference between the two systems, why they’re effective, and what drawbacks
create a safe, enjoyable swimming experience. UV-Ozone systems function, by destroying
what chlorine can’t normally in a pool. Chlorine can merely neutralize
pathogens or bacteria. However, UV-Ozone can actually wipe out the DNA so that
bacteria-pantherine can no longer grow. UV-Ozone also destroys algae growth
during the sweltering summer season.
For UV-Ozone to work,
it needs a low Chlorine residual (normally .5-1.0 CL PPM). UV-Ozone is
eco-friendly, by reducing overall chemical use, safer for the environment and
is recognized as a second sanitizer by most local health officials. This eliminates
carrying and storing certain chemicals. UV-Ozone will reduce other pool
parameters in a pool. It reduces the alkalinity, does not cause a rise in pH,
which will eliminate the customer using acid and stabilizer. In addition, some
UV-Ozone systems are easy to use and winterize.
There is a small drawback to UV-Ozone systems.
The bulb needs to be cleaned with care.
White vinegar is often recommended to scrub the bulb. Hands contain oils on fingertips which can
ultimately smear over the bulb, thus, hampering its effectiveness. Also, you should
not look directly at the bulb for prolonged periods of time. The bulbs need to
replace every 2-5 years depending on usage. The price is around $ 150-250 approximate
Currently, there’s no
way to measure UV-Ozone production. The only way to determine its working is to
see how the clear the water is and watch the chlorine reading. Or on some
select systems, the power supply box on the pool’s pad and bulbs will be lit to
indicate its operating.
Cost: UV-Ozone $899 -
$1199 Salt Generators $899 - $1499
Chlorinators or Chlorine Generators
systems actually produce chlorine, despite contrary belief. The chlorine is
produced in a drastically different way than a tablet feeder or liquid
chlorine. Initially, it’s produced as a gas from a precious metal (ruthenium
covered titanium in a series of plates). These plates create an electrolysis
charges like a battery, with a positive and negative charge. The chlorine it
produces creates “softer water,” therefore, the swimming experience is not full
of chlorine odor, water tightness, bleaching/irritation of the skin, and
scorching red eyes.
Salt readings are easy to read, comprehend,
and control. Yet another reason why they’re widely popular. You can test the
pool’s salt levels by choosing from a huge array of digital testers on the
market. As a side note: test strips also provide quite accurate reads as well.
Salt will increase the PH, alkalinity, and
calcium, so on the flipside, you’ll be utilizing more stabilizer and acid. Salt
is corrosive and can be hard on any pool surface including fiberglass,
concrete, and vinyl. In certain instances, salt can also be harmful to above
ground pools with an aluminum or steel construct. Salt can be corrosive if the
calcium is too high in the pool, causing blotchy rust spots to sprout on the
walls or in a rebar inground pool. Intergrading an in-line zinc anode into the
pool’s water does help.
Calcium can be problematic, but so are
phosphates in the chlorine production, especially for salt chlorination
systems. This is due to the fact; salt systems have to work harder to produce
chlorine. Consequently, constant conflict between phosphates and chlorine will
ensue, hurting the system’s ability to create chlorine. To combat this, we
recommend that a pool owner use a phosphate remover.
Salt Chlorination systems are compatible with
most automation systems in the market. We suggest getting this professionally
installed versus self-assistance.
Handling the cleaning procedure of the salt
cell is fairly easy. You must utilize an acid-water mixture (usually 1 to 4
ratio). When dealing with acid, be very wary of its corrosiveness. However, a
safer way to clean the cell is with straight-up vinegar. This is efficient,
granted, it takes longer for calcium to dissipate off the plates. Salt
chlorination has been regarded as a popular option, there is a wide array to
We hope this
article helps you understand the difference between Salt and UV Ozone. UV-Ozone
systems and salt chlorinators each offer a different way to keep your pool safe
and the pool water clear. When determining which system is best suitable for
your pool, please take the following factors into consideration:
- What climate do you live in?
- What the design of the pool
(inground or above ground) do you have?
- How much are you budgeted for?
be advised of the cost for each system. This includes installation fees,
maintenance work, supplies and chemicals imperative for running said systems,