+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: TCO for salt vs. Traditional chlorine system

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    2

    Default TCO for salt vs. Traditional chlorine system

    Does anybody know what the typical total cost of ownership (TCO) for a salt vs. traditional chlorination system for the first year vs. each subsequent year thereafter?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Largo, Florida
    Posts
    509

    Default Re: TCO for salt vs. Traditional chlorine system

    That's going to depend on a lot of local variables. How much are you going to pay for the SWCG system? How much do you pay for salt locally? How much do you pay for acid locally (you'll need regular acid doses with an swcg)? How much do you pay for bleach (or chlorine) locally? Unless you're considering a chlorine pump vs swcg, the cost of the system alone is going to make the answer obvious.

    I can't fill in those blanks, since I don't live near Atlanta. I can say that for me, traditional bleach chlorination would be significantly cheaper. However, SWCG is significantly easier. I really love my swcg for that. Low maintenance is what you're buying. If someone's telling you it will save you money, you might want to start measuring their nose. If you're not diligent enough to manage your pool chemicals every day or two, you might eventually save money with a swcg. Only because without one and without diligence you'll eventually end up with algae blooms to clean up. Cleaning up can be a time and money consuming process.
    rectangle 11.5K gal IG concrete pool;; 125sf cartridge filter; 2hp 1 speed pump; K-2006, k-1766; PF:10

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    2

    Default Re: TCO for salt vs. Traditional chlorine system

    Thanks so much....I really appreciate the advice.

  4. #4
    BigDave's Avatar
    BigDave is offline Lifetime Member Whizbang Spinner BigDave 3 stars BigDave 3 stars BigDave 3 stars
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    1,932

    Default Re: TCO for salt vs. Traditional chlorine system

    Just to sharpen kelemvor's fine point: Regular, reliable, and accurate testing and measured response will control the chemistry costs more than any chosen method of chlorination.
    12'x24' oval 7.7K gal AG vinyl pool; ; Hayward S270T sand filter; Hayward EcoStar SP3400VSP pump; hrs; K-2006; PF:16

  5. #5
    CarlD's Avatar
    CarlD is offline SuperMod Emeritus Vortex Adjuster CarlD 4 stars CarlD 4 stars CarlD 4 stars CarlD 4 stars CarlD 4 stars CarlD 4 stars
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    North Central NJ
    Posts
    6,607

    Default Re: TCO for salt vs. Traditional chlorine system

    Having spent 13 years running standard chlorine pools and the last and the upcoming one with an SWCG, I can assure you the upfront and amortized costs of an SWCG will be work out to be much more than using liquid chlorine/bleach...a lot more.

    That doesn't mean I don't recommend an SWCG. If set up right and maintained, they are great. I had to open my pool early due to some damage and had to get it running JUST before we took off for a week+ over the Easter/Passover holiday week. I didn't really have time to do much, just dump in salt, LC and CYA. I came back to clear, balanced water. Now I can do the rest of the repairs and open without fighting an algae bloom.

    But it's not cheaper. Just suppose a decent system costs $1500 installed (good price. I THINK mine was less than that but I can handle the wiring and the plumbing so no labor costs). Figure after 5 years you'll need to spend about $500 on a new cell. Not counting salt. So...the first five years your SWCG costs you $300/year....that buys an awful lot of LC! I figure that's the equivalent of 167 gallons of 6-7% bleach. If your swimming season is 3 months (as it is in NJ) and you add 1 gallon/day (which is a lot but can happen) that's still only 90-100 days of chlorine...and you have paid for 67 more gallons! Over 5 years that's like spending an extra $1200 on chlorine! Really!

    HOWEVER.....IF you travel a lot, are lousy at keeping up with maintenance, and/or like super-cool technology AND the nice, soft feel of the lightly salted water, it's well worth it! I'm good with maintenance but the rest--that's all me!
    Carl

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    751

    Default Re: TCO for salt vs. Traditional chlorine system

    Quote Originally Posted by kelemvor View Post
    That's going to depend on a lot of local variables. How much are you going to pay for the SWCG system? How much do you pay for salt locally? How much do you pay for acid locally (you'll need regular acid doses with an swcg)? How much do you pay for bleach (or chlorine) locally? Unless you're considering a chlorine pump vs swcg, the cost of the system alone is going to make the answer obvious.

    I can't fill in those blanks, since I don't live near Atlanta. I can say that for me, traditional bleach chlorination would be significantly cheaper. However, SWCG is significantly easier. I really love my swcg for that. Low maintenance is what you're buying. If someone's telling you it will save you money, you might want to start measuring their nose. If you're not diligent enough to manage your pool chemicals every day or two, you might eventually save money with a swcg. Only because without one and without diligence you'll eventually end up with algae blooms to clean up. Cleaning up can be a time and money consuming process.
    +1
    22'x40' Grecian Lazy L 20K gal IG vinyl pool; Aqua Rite SWCG T15 cell; Hayward Pro Grid 6020 DE filter; Hayward Superpump 1hp pump; 12 hrs; Taylor K-2006; city; PF:6

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Salt chlorine system with ozonator?
    By Meghan in forum Salt Generators (SWCG) & other Chlorine Feeders
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-06-2014, 03:56 PM
  2. Salt water system faulting high salt.
    By Skelly607 in forum Salt Generators (SWCG) & other Chlorine Feeders
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-27-2013, 10:43 AM
  3. Nature Two Pool System Versus Salt System
    By billie in forum Dealing with Stains & Metals, . . . and 'Minerals' & 'Ions',
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-03-2012, 01:27 PM
  4. Low chlorine level with Salt Water System
    By anders73 in forum Salt Generators (SWCG) & other Chlorine Feeders
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-22-2011, 09:31 PM
  5. Chlorine high on Salt System - Help
    By jaimslaw in forum Salt Generators (SWCG) & other Chlorine Feeders
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-01-2010, 11:12 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts