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    ka8yiu's Avatar
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    UV and chlorine

    I take it that the culprit during the day that causes the loss of chlorine is UV. Now in the south the UV is a year-round issue. However, the UV index may still max out lower in the winter months.

    So, has anyone with a year-round pool noticed a measurable decrease in the amount of chlorine lost in the winter vs. summer?
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    Re: UV and chlorine

    There are other factors at play here, for one thing chlorine consumption greatly drops off with temperature decrease, this happens fairly dramaticly once the water goes below about 60F
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    Re: UV and chlorine

    +1 to that colder water, less sun, shorter days equals far less FC consumption.
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    Re: UV and chlorine

    Short answer is yes. The sun is lower in the sky during winter months so there is a measurable drop in incident UV radiation. Temperatures are cooler and algae reproduction rates are insignificant below 60F.

    During the winter my SWG shuts off due to cold water. I typically use less than 3 gallons of bleach over 4 months.
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    Re: UV and chlorine

    Yes - far less FC use in the winter even here in AZ.

    In fact I got so complacent with it last winter, that in the spring when the days got a bit longer and we got a bit warmer, my pool took on a funny green color from the algae.
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