Pool and Spa Maintenance
Maintaining a pool or spa can be costly and timely. Making a few eco-friendly choices can help ease the burden of both. All pools and spas require a pump and there are many options available today. Look for an energy efficient variable-speed pump that has different speeds for pool, spa or water feature applications. Then when using your pump, always set it for the minimum speed required for the task. This will allow for less wear and tear on your equipment, lowers operational costs and provides more efficient filtration. If you currently have an older pump or motor you may want to consider upgrading to a newer and more energy efficient model.
A filter is another must have for all pool and spa owners. For all eco-friendly pools and spas, your best choice is a cartridge filter. Cartridge filters have longer filter cycles and need less cleaning. No sand or other loose particles will cycle back into your pool. When cleaning a cartridge filter all you need to do is rinse it off. You will not have to backwash your pool or spa as frequently, thereby significantly reducing your water consumption.
The water quality of your pool is of utmost importance. For today’s environmentally friendly pools and spas, is important to reduce and or eliminate the use of chlorine. Today's eco-friendly pool and spa cleaning choices include minerals, salt and ozone. An on-site salt water sterilization system is one chemical free way to keep your pool clean and safe. With a salt sterilization system, non-iodized table salt is added directly to the water. Then the saline water passes through a chlorine-generating cell and low electrical currents transform salt into chlorine. The chlorine kills the bacteria and then it is converted back to salt. Mineral sanitizers use elemental minerals mixed with a small amount of chlorine, to eliminate contaminants. Minerals can generally works for months, provide natural water conditions, and lower the chlorine requirement. In spas, when minerals are used in combination with monopersulfate salts (MPS) as the oxidizer, it completely eliminates the need for chlorine.
Choosing an ozonation ionization or UV radiation system is one way to have a natural swimming pool or spa that is completely chlorine free if you would like to. The ionizer or UV radiation system is added directly to your standard filter pipes and the bacteria and pathogens are killed as the water passes through the system. Keep in mind that, unlike the other water cleaning options, this method is not effective against algae and you will need to add a chlorine-free algaecide to the water. Advantages to reducing your chlorine usage, along with helping the environment, include not having to store and handle chlorine, reducing the cost of purchasing liquid chlorine, and enjoying swimming and soaking in the naturally softer water.