Firstly, to be clear, both pool systems use chlorine to sanitize, but the source of the chlorine is what differs. Salt water pools need pool-grade salt to work (chlorine pools do not). Also, let’s clarify that chlorine sometimes gets a bad reputation. Did you know that it is chloramines and more than likely pH imbalance and not high levels of chlorine that cause the skin and eye irritation that so many people blame chlorine for? Chlorine is used to neutralize microscopic bacteria and debris, but in the process it creates chloramines. This is what emits gas and creates the smell that is often associated with “pool odor” and irritation. But, with the proper maintenance shock and chemical balance, chloramines will be blasted out of the pool. The debate between chlorine pools vs. salt water pools goes on and on, but it is more of a personal preference. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide. Thinking about switching your system? Stop by Watercrafters today and talk to our retail professionals—they can further provide you with the knowledge, equipment and products you need to successfully make the transition.