How Do I Determine the Right Salt Water System Needed for My Pool?

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already decided to convert your swimming pool over to a saltwater system. Congratulations, you’re going to love it! After all, who wouldn’t love a swimming pool that’s easy to maintain, safer for swimmers, eliminates the use of harsh chemicals, and even lowers your overall cost on pool maintenance?

Now lets get started!

To determine the right saltwater system for your pool, you should consider several key factors:

Pool Size and Volume: The size of your pool is the most important factor. You need to know the volume of your pool in gallons or liters, as salt water systems are rated based on the maximum pool size they can effectively sanitize.

For instance, if your pool is rectangular, 20’ x 40’, and has a depth of 4′, it would be in the ballpark area of about 24,000 gallons.

For a swimming pool that’s 24,000 gallons, we would recommend getting a Salt Cell that is rated for at least ⅓ larger than your pool size. This means that you’ll need a Salt System that is rated for 40,000 gallons. By oversizing your salt system, your equipment won’t have to work as hard, helping it last much longer and saving you extra costs on maintenance later.

System Capacity: Choose a salt water system with a capacity that matches or exceeds your pool’s volume. It’s often better to choose a system that is rated for a slightly larger pool than your actual size, as this provides more efficient and flexible chlorination.

Climate and Pool Usage: If your pool is in a sunny area or is used frequently, you may need a more robust system due to higher chlorine demand.

Type of Salt Cell: There are different types of salt cells with varying lifespans and maintenance needs. Consider how easy it is to clean and replace the cell.

Features and Control Systems: Look for systems with features like digital readouts, self-cleaning functions, and adjustable chlorine output. These features can make maintenance easier and improve the efficiency of the system.

Installation and Maintenance: Consider the ease of installation and the level of maintenance required. Some systems are more user-friendly and have lower maintenance costs.

Budget: Salt water systems vary in price. Balance the initial cost with the expected lifespan and maintenance costs.

Manufacturer Reputation and Warranty: Choose a reputable brand and check the warranty terms. A good warranty can offer peace of mind and protection for your investment.

Consult with a Professional: It’s often beneficial to consult with a pool professional. They can provide valuable advice based on your specific pool and needs.

What’s Next?

Now that you know the proper sized Salt System for your pool, we’ll need to determine which manufacturer you’d prefer. The most popular brands in salt chlorination are Hayward and Pentair.

The primary factor that differentiates one manufacturer to another is mostly based on pricing and warranty time frames.

Below is a list of the best-selling Salt Chlorinators we sell:

Most Popular

Hayward AQRITE Aqua Rite In-Ground Chlorine Generator

Using the salt from your pool, the Aqua Rite chlorinator employs electrolysis to transform salt into the purest chlorine, sanitizing your entire pool. Free Shipping

Jandy APURE1400 AquaPure 1400 Salt Water Chlorinator

The Jandy AquaPure 1400 System is an automatic and effective way to sanitize your water while reducing red eyes and skin irritation. Free Shipping

Keep In Mind

If you already have an automatic control system set-up or plan on upgrading to one in the future, you’ll want to make sure the brand of your Salt Chlorinator and the brand of your Automation System are compatible.

Now that you’re armed with the information you needed to pick the right Salt Chlorination System, all that’s left is to make a choice.