Chlorine is used to keep your pool clean, but what can you do if you or someone in your family is sensitive to these harsh chemicals and end up having severe skin reactions? There are options available to ensure that your pool stays clean, and your family stays safe and unscathed by harsh chemicals. Here is a look at chlorine alternatives for pools.
Chlorine can cause red eyes and skin irritation. A good alternative would be saltwater. The salt passes through a salt cell and then receives an electric charge and breaks down to chlorine. This 05process keeps free chlorine levels high and chloramine levels low. This option is also inexpensive when compared to the cost of the chemicals.
With the use of an ozone generator, you will still have to use chlorine because the ozone generator is not enough to sanitize the pool. However, ozone helps break down body oils, lotions, and even urine and combines with the chlorine to create chloramines, but it helps reduce the amount of chloramines that are responsible for the majority of red eyes and skin irritation. Ozone’s break down organic pollutants in the water, while also helping to reduce the chlorine smell.
Bromine is another option that can be used as an alternative to chlorine, but it comes at a higher price. It is more convenient than chlorine which means you will not have to test the water as much, but the sunlight can cause the bromine to burn away and reduce the effectiveness. Due to the burn-off, it will require more to keep the water sanitized and stable. This method would be more efficient to use in indoor pools or spas because they are covered and protected from the sun, otherwise, the price of chemicals may arise, and it wouldn’t be cost-effective for the pool owner.
While there are many options available, you can always consult with the experts at Olympus Pools to help you weigh these options and decide what the best alternative for you and your family is. Out of all of these chlorine alternatives, saltwater seems to be the most affordable choice and the easiest to maintain.