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If you own and maintain a pool, you know the expense of managing your pool’s chlorine levels, especially during the summer. Purchasing the chlorine tabs and shocking the pool at least once a week must be done. You add algaecide to protect your pool against that dreaded green hue. Have you ever considered that there might be a better way? 

Pool chemicals are expensive, may irritate the skin and can stain your clothing. Dealing with pool chemicals is rarely a pleasant experience for any pool owner. New technologies have now made available methods of cleaning the pool that do not require chemicals. 

Explore the pool chlorine options and technologically advanced ways to kill algae and bacteria in your pool. These options are environmentally friendly and offer great pool chlorine options. 

Ozone Pool Cleaners

Ozone pool cleaning systems clean the microbial organisms in the pool water by generating ozone and infusing the gas into the water. An ozone pool cleaning system consists of the ozone generator and the control device. Ozone controls organic and inorganic contaminating particles and acts as an algaecide. A small amount of chlorine must still be used as a sanitizer in ozone pool systems. However, the need for chlorine is greatly reduced.  Ozone pool cleaning systems are an environmentally friendly choice because they provide a promising pool chlorine option to reduce the amount of chlorine required. A reduction in chlorine usage is not only good for the environment, but will save the pool owner money, too. Chlorine costs may be reduced by as much as 80 percent.

UV Disinfecting Pool Systems

One of the more revolutionary ways of keeping pools clean while reducing the use of chlorine is the use  Ultra-violet light to kill pathogens.  Use of Ultra-violet light can reduce the need or chemicals by 90% by killing over 99% of the germs and bacteria in swimming pools.  The technology originated with municipal water treatment  facilities.  The systems are easily installed and compatible with existing chlorine and salt water pools of any size.   This popular technology is being used today at commercial and public swimming pool across the country as the green solution for clean and safe pools.

Salt Water Pool Systems

Salt water systems turn salt into chlorine with a salt chlorine generator. Your pool still uses chlorine, but the chlorine is produced by the salt you stock in the generator. These systems are much less costly than chlorine systems.  Owners of salt water pools indicate that the water seems softer than heavily chlorinated pool water. The water in salt water pools tends to irritate the eyes and skin less than heavily chlorinated pool water. Salt is less expensive and with a salt water system, you do not need to store chlorine and add the chemical to your pool water. 

Homeowners can convert conventional chlorine pools to salt water systems by making a few alterations to their existing system. A salt water system requires that a salt chlorine generate be installed to your filtering system. Once the system is installed, salt is added and your pool receives the chlorine created by the generator. You will need to regularly monitor your pool for the first several days to ensure that chlorine levels are optimal. It may take a little time for your chlorine generator to provide sufficient chlorine to the pool water. 

Note that chlorine generators have a relatively short lifespan. The average lifespan of a chlorine generator for a salt system is three years. The unit may last up to five years, but plan on replacing this component when you install a salt water pool system. 

Salt system specialists state that there are still times, even with a salt system, that the pool will require shock. However, just as with ozone pool cleaners, salt water pool systems greatly reduce the use of purchased pool chemicals. Reducing your use of pool chemicals is good for the environment and will save you some pocket change, too. 

Compliments of Aqua Plumbing & Air

Aqua Plumbing & Air provides you with helpful information to conserve energy and save money on your home expenses. Seeking out alternatives to pool chlorine is one way to make a positive impact on your environment. Both ozone pool cleaners and salt water systems reduce the chlorine consumption of your pool, which is better for the environment. Aqua Plumbing & Air can help you decide which chlorine reduction strategy works best for your pool. 

Other Green Tips

You can also conserve energy by reducing the amount of time you run your air conditioner. Install a digital thermostat and program your AC unit to raise the temperature when you are away. Unplug electronic devices and appliances when they are not in use. Shadow energy, or the energy appliances and electronics use when they are in “Sleep” mode, can account for as much as 20 percent of the home’s electrical usage. 

Replace light bulbs with CFL bulbs and practice the “one light-one person” rule. One person gets to turn on one light in their room. Turn the temperature on your water heater down a few degrees. You can usually turn the hot water to around 120 degrees without feeling the effects in the shower. Just a few degrees will conserve several watts of power over a year. 

Call Aqua for HVAC Service

Aqua Plumbing & Air has served the Venice, FL area for over 37 years. We know the Florida climate and our Florida customers. Whether you would like more information about your alternatives to pool chlorine, or you would like to know more about equipment that can conserve energy, just call Aqua. Aqua provides both HVAC and plumbing services. We can install an ozone pool cleaning system or a salt water system for you. We will also handle all of your heating and air conditioning needs. Call Aqua Plumbing & Air if for more information about how to make your home more environmentally friendly and reduce your Venice, FL energy usage. The less energy you use, the more money you save.