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How To Choose the Right Size of Salt Water Chlorine Generator

If you are a new pool owner or are thinking about switching your current system, it’s important to know that salt chlorine generators are often preferred to traditional forms of chlorine. This is because it is safer than handling chlorine, and the salt you use in your salt chlorine generator will last longer in your pool than chlorine will. Salt chlorine generators also result in water that feels nicer and smells more pleasant, which makes your swimming experience more enjoyable.

There are many aspects involved in properly caring for your swimming pool. A necessary component of an in ground salt water pool is a salt chlorine generator. The salt chlorine generator keeps your salt water clean and sanitary so that you can enjoy hours of swimming with peace of mind.

To work properly, you need to have the right size of salt chlorine generator. This guide will help you figure out how to properly size a salt chlorine generator/system for your pool.

PART ONE: Determining your pool volume

Salt chlorine generator systems are categorized based on how many gallons of water a salt cell can chlorinate. In order to determine the volume of your pool, you can use the formulas presented below based on the shape of your pool:

Pool Shape Formula
Rectangle Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.5
Round Diameter x Diameter x Average Depth x 5.9
Oval Longest Diameter x Shortest Diameter x Average Depth x 6.7
Kidney Length x Average Width x Average Depth x 7.0

After you are finished completing the appropriate formula for your pool’s shape and dimensions, round the final number up to the nearest whole number.

PART TWO: Choosing a salt chlorine generator

Now that you have done the hard work to determine the necessary information about your pool’s volume, it is time to decide which salt chlorine generator is right for your pool. Keep your calculations near when you are doing this so that you can easily compare your pool’s information to the specifications on the salt chlorine generator systems.

Typically, it is recommended to size up when it comes to choosing a salt chlorine generator. This is because the generator will not have to work as hard and will therefore more effectively keep up with your pool’s needs. As well, oversizing particular parts of the system such as the filter will leave you with less maintenance work to do as the filter will not need to be cleaned or changed nearly as often. An oversized heater will also lead to lower expenses as you can heat your pool more quickly.

Exploring your options

At Pool Supplies Canada we offer a few different models of salt chlorine generators. These include the:

If you are looking for more information about salt chlorine generator systems beyond what has been provided in this guide, please feel free to get in touch with us at Pool Supplies Canada for further assistance.

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