One of life’s simple pleasures is a splash in the swimming pool on a hot day, but why suffer the after effects of itchy skin, sore eyes, and that telltale chlorine smell? It is now possible to keep your pool pristinely clean while using very little chlorine, if any at all, and you do this using a pool ionizer. Never heard of one before? Here’s everything you need to know to get you started. For more info or advice about installing one in your pool, speak to your local pool supplier
About Pool Ionizers
A pool ionizer is a system that is designed to kill bacteria and algae that may grow in your pool. In this way, they perform the same function as chlorine does. A pool ionizer works by applying a small electric current to the electrodes inside the ionizer. The current forces ions to move from one electrode to the other and as they do this, they are caught by the water flowing through the ionizer, moving the ions into the pool itself. Once the ions have entered the pool water, they hunt down and kill all of the bacteria and algae that may be in the pool, leaving the water clean and clear. The ionizer will use copper, silver or a combination of the two in order to create the ions. In conjunction with the ionizer, you just have to add chlorine or another oxidiser such as hydrogen peroxide in order to keep the pool sparkling clean and healthy.
Benefits of Pool Ionizers
Pool ionizers are becoming the preferred way of keeping pools clean and healthy for a number of reasons. The first is that they are a more natural way of keeping the pool clean. The ions are very effective at cleaning the pool and they remain active for weeks. As well, they are unaffected by high temperatures, and work best within a pH range of 7-7.4. Simply put, you don’t have to use nearly the amount of chemicals to keep the pool clean as you would if you had a traditional chlorine pool!
With a pool ionizer, you can use hydrogen peroxide or potassium mono-persulphate as the oxidiser instead of chlorine. An oxidiser is important as it removes oils from the pool water (such as sunscreen, sweat, oils from your skin and hair etc). Essentially, you can have an almost chlorine free pool, if not completely chlorine free!
Swimming is much more comfortable in a pool that uses an ionizer. You won’t get dried out skin and hair like you would in a traditional pool or the sore eyes, and you don’t have that telltale chemical smell left on your skin once you’ve dried off. As well, you don’t have to worry about chemicals eating at your swimming gear, causing it to deteriorate prematurely. Swimming is simply more natural!
Don’t forget the fact that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time or money on keeping your swimming pool correctly maintained – ionizers are frugal power users and they get the job done themselves, with little intervention from you. All you have to do is to test the water a couple of times a week to ensure that the levels remain normal.