The water is disinfected with frequent additions of chlorine or bromine with standard chlorine pools. As a byproduct of this process, a high amount of chloramines are formed.
These chloramines give pools their distinctive smell, which many people find bothersome. For people with asthma and allergies, especially children, these disinfection byproducts can trigger serious respiratory problems. Young children who spend a lot of time in indoor chlorinated pools appear to be at a higher risk of developing asthma and lung inflammation.
These problems are often facilitated through poor maintenance and excess water chlorination. Inadequate ventilation of indoor pools can also lead to a buildup of chloramines in the air, which can be extremely harmful to those with respiratory problems.
A Safer Option for Swimming
In search of a less irritating alternative, more and more people are finding more comfort in saltwater pools. These pools use a process known as electrolysis to convert salt into chlorine.
The chlorine produced in this way does not form as many chloramines, and as a result, saltwater pools are often said to be more gentle on the skin and eyes.
While the common chlorine pools might damage your hair or bleach your swimsuit, a saltwater pool is less likely to do so. In addition, electrolysis produces fewer byproducts than chlorination, making saltwater pools a safer option for people with respiratory problems.
More Comfortable Physical Activity
Swimming is an excellent form of exercise, but it can be difficult for some people to spend an extended period of time in a chlorinated pool. By choosing a saltwater pool, you can avoid the irritating effects of chlorine and enjoy your swim for longer. Many swimmers report that saltwater pools feel smoother on their skin.
If you are spending more time in the pool, you are likely to experience the benefits of a better workout. Swimming can provide health benefits such as:
- improved cardiovascular fitness
- increased muscle strength
- improved flexibility
- improved mobility
- better emotional health
And for people with arthritis and other mobility struggles, swimming can provide a low-impact workout that is easy on the joints. Doctors and physiotherapists often recommend water therapy to reduce pain and improve mobility, and saltwater pools can provide these benefits without the possible irritating effects of chlorine.
Many hotels, resorts, public pools, and homeowners are converting their chlorinated pools to saltwater for these reasons. The installation costs may be higher, but they tend to require less maintenance, and the long-term benefits make saltwater pools a worthwhile investment.