What’s the best way to chlorinate your pool?

Chlorinating your pool.Think all chlorine is the same? Think again. While you may find a great price for discount chlorine at the store, it might not be a deal at all. Different types of chlorine have different chlorine purities. Take a look at this chart below provided by Hayward.

Chlorine Purity Comparison
Chlorine Type Percentage of Available Chlorine
Salt Chlorination 100% Available Chlorine
Trichlor 90% Available Chlorine
Calcium Hypochlorite 65% Available Chlorine
Dichlor 60% Available Chlorine
Lithium Hypochlorite 35% Available Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine 10% Available Chlorine

While salt systems supply the purest chlorine (by converting salt to chlorine), many people are hesitant to install salt systems due the cost of the initial installation. However, over the long run, you will save money as you won’t have to buy anywhere near the amount of the chlorine. Salt Chlorination is hassle-free as well as a controller decides how much chlorine you need. Hayward provides another chart to show how much chlorine is required to match a single salt cell.

Chlorine Type Amount of Chlorine needed to equal Chlorine produced by a single Salt & Swim 3C Cell
Trichlor 225 pounds
Calcium Hypochlorite 308 pounds
Dichlor 333 pounds
Lithium Hypochlorite 571 pounds
Liquid Chlorine 208 gallons

Obviously, salt cell chlorination provides the best bang for your buck when it comes to chlorination, but if you still decide to have a traditional chlorine system, be sure to read the ingredients on the package. You may save a few bucks on discount chlorine but not getting anywhere the amount of ‘chlorine’ that you actually need.

If you ever have a question regarding pools or chlorinating systems, please do not hesitate to contact Platinum Pools!

Geothermal Pool Heating

If you you decide to heat your pool in the winter you have a few options. Gas/propane pool heaters, air source heat pumps, solar heat pumps, or geothermal pool heat pumps. Today we are going to talk about the last option, geothermal heating.

How geothermal pool heat pumps work is by basically collecting heat from the ground. Temperatures above ground can vary wildly in the winter but underground it generally remains a constant 70° F. By collecting heat through a series of underground loops, geothermal heat pumps can utilize that warm temperature by concentrating that heat and applying it where necessary. This can be quite beneficial as the pumps are good for the environment, are extremely efficient, and are much less expensive to operate. This can save you money on your energy bill.

Geothermal heating is also less conspicuous than other heating options. Gas or propane heaters require the installation of a tank and solar panels are bulky and require a lot of space. With geothermal heating, most of the equipment is underground so you are provide more space around your property.

While the initial investment of geothermal heating is generally 30-40% more expensive than other heating options, that money will quickly be recouped in operating costs which is 70-85% lower than other pumps. Geothermal is also a long lasting system with most warranties averaging about 10 years.

If you have questions about heating options for your pool, please contact the professionals at Platinum Pools of Arizona
(480) 888-9200 – East Valley or (623) 847-9200 – West Valley.

Salt Water Vs. Chlorine

salt water vs chlorine poolThere has been widespread debate for sometime now on whether or not to continue to use chlorine tablets and powders to keep your pool clean, or to switch to a salt water system, which generates it’s own chlorine via a generator. While installing salt water systems can be expensive, you also have to take into consideration the amount you spend on chlorine and chemicals throughout the year and well as the time it takes for maintenance on the pool.

Typically, to convert a chlorine based pool to a saltwater pool is in the $1400-$2000 range. People who are familiar with chlorine pools will be quick to note that they spend far less than that on chlorine and chemicals each year. However, the life expectancy of a saltwater generating system is 3 to 5 year which should be figured into the equation.

People with salt water systems will also tell you that the water is ‘softer’ and less harsh on your skin. It’s also easier to maintain the PH-Balance of your pool with salt water. Some people are concerned that their pool will end up tasting like the ocean, however, because it has such a low concentration of salt that it’s officially considered to be fresh water. The salt water concentration in a pool is actually only approximately 1/10th of the salt water concentration of the ocean.

Chlorine, on the other hand, is better at killing bacteria and can actually clean up a pool faster than a salt water system. If you maintain your chlorine pool regularly, maintenance can be a easy as simply adding tablets to the pool and running a simple pool test to check your ph and other levels.

It seems there is really no clear-cut winner when you compare and contrast saltwater pools to chlorine pools. It all depends on the amount of maintenance and overall use of the pool. While saltwater pools do not use any significant chemicals, chlorine is a byproduct of the salt you add to the water, so chlorine is still present in the water. But salt is a more natural approach and is safer on our skin and hair than the harsh chlorine chemical tablets. Also, a saltwater pool will not fade or damage your swimsuit as much as a chlorinated pool.

We would love to hear what you think, so please feel free to comment below!

If you would like more information on chlorine vs salt water pools, please feel free to contact the professionals at Platinum Pools and Spa’s today.

Hey, Let’s Swim to Work!

Platinum Pools & SpasAs unusual though it may sound, the city of London is considering a proposal that would turn the 8.6-mile Regents Canal into a swimming lane, allowing Londoners to swim to work. In the winter, the designers imagine ice-skating.

The proposal is one of several being considered as part of a competition staged by the city’s mayor and London’s Landscape Museum. London is looking for way to turn some of its industrial artifacts into useable public facilities. In this case, the Regent Canal, which was built more than 200 years ago for the purpose of transporting materials throughout the city’s then-burgeoning industrial district, would become an aquatic thoroughfare where residents would swim from place to place, presumably as new type of commuter lane.

Read more about this idea here!