Choosing a Saltwater Chlorinator

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Switching to a saltwater chlorinator can make your pool easier to maintain, safer to use and more cost-efficient in the long run. When you're deciding which unit to install, there are a number of factors to take into consideration in order to make sure you're getting the right chlorinator for your needs. With an extensive range of models available, it can be difficult to choose, so we've put together some tips on what to consider before you make your purchase.

Regular or Self-Cleaning Chlorinator?

Every chlorinator you see will come under one of two categories, those that require manual cleaning and those that self-clean. With a standard chlorinator, you'll need to remove the salt cell every month and soak it in a special cleaning solution in order to dissolve the calcium build-up and restore it to maximum efficiency. In contrast, a self-cleaning unit prevents this calcium scaling by regularly reversing polarity as it works. These units will cost more but then require less maintenance once installed, so the choice depends on whether cost or commitment is more important to you.

Choose a Chlorinator According to Pool Size

Saltwater chlorinators come in a range of sizes which describe how much chlorine they can produce per hour. If you don't know the volume of your pool, you can work out an estimate based on its rough dimensions. Once you have this figure, it's generally advised to choose a chlorinator that is rated for a pool at least one third larger than yours. This overestimation means that your unit won't have to constantly work at full capacity so it will last much longer.

Choose a Chlorinator According to Pool Usage

A further factor to consider is how much usage your pool actually gets. This will vary according to the seasons, so work out your average summertime usage to make sure you don't underestimate your chlorine needs. A small pool that gets used by the whole family almost every day could need more chlorine than a large pool being used by two people only on weekends, so it's important to get this calculation right in order to maintain safe pH levels throughout the year.

Choose a Chlorinator According to Climate

This one is pretty simple high temperatures and strong sunlight cause faster loss of chlorine from the water, so in a hotter climate you'll need a higher capacity. Speak to our expert team about how your local climate could affect the chemical balance of your pool.

Additional Extras

There are a number of additional features which are available with salt water chlorinators. Some chlorinators now have a built-in pH sensor which constantly measures the pH of the pool water and automatically doses chemicals to keep it at the desired level. A further feature you may want is a battery back-up timer so that your timer settings aren't affected if you suffer a black out. These failsafe systems sense when there is a problem with water flow and automatically turn off the pump and chlorinator, preventing damage caused by a pump running without water.

For more help on choosing the right saltwater chlorinator for your pool, call us now on (02) 9604 6644 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.