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    U/V Chlorinator thoughts

    I'm narrowing down my choices on builders and found one I really like but they're suggesting a Paramount U/V system over a standard SWG. They're a Jandy dealer and suggest all 'pro' equipment except for this unit.

    Ive done some research and the general consensus I've found is 'meh.' What are the in's/out's of this system, is it better than just a standard SWG?

    If I go with this builder, this will be a Shotcrete/Pebbletec pool. Is there some advantage in real-world, residentional use with a u/w system or is this overpriced hype?

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    Re: U/V Chlorinator thoughts

    Concensus is that it is useless in a residential pool. Either he is misinformed or has bought into the UV hype. Chlorine is the way to go. Either a SWG or liquid chlorine dosing.
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    Re: U/V Chlorinator thoughts

    A UV system offers zero value to a residential outdoor pool. I wouldn't install one for my pool for free. Chlorine/swg does everything you need it to do. I prefer Pentair or Hayward equipment to Jandy. But, I am not that familiar with Jandy.
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    Re: U/V Chlorinator thoughts

    +1 to what pooldv and tim5055 said.
    My grandkids take their lessons in an indoor commercial UV pool, I suspect the reason they are using UV is to cut heating costs on the makeup heater they would need to run if they had a chlorine pool.
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    Re: U/V Chlorinator thoughts

    ATLDiver- here in Georgia we get all the UV we ever need for *free* compliments of the sun. Since you still need to maintain chlorine in a UV pool, why bother with the device in the first place?
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    Re: U/V Chlorinator thoughts

    This topic comes up about 3 times per week, the answer is always the same, UV may have a place in therapy pools, some indoor pools, and high bather load commercial pools, but is not needed for typical outdoor residential pools. The claim about reducing chlorine use is a half truth based upon pools with algae in them, if you have a properly balanced pool with light organic loads and no algae growing in them then these UV systems can actually increase chlorine use.
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    Re: U/V Chlorinator thoughts

    I agree with the above sentiments and once had something to say about the topic of UV - Can I leave pucks in my in-line chlorinator when it's off?
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    Re: U/V Chlorinator thoughts

    All, thanks for the information. This is pretty much what I figured from my research.

    let me follow up, I'm assuming I want to stick with a standard SWG Chlorinator at this point.

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