I have been waffling over what to use for chlorinating my pool.
Started looking into ionizer and ozonators, but had decided against them. I know ionizers are slow to kill germs, so you still need to use CL, in addtion to the ionizer. Ozonators don't leave any residue in the pool, so again you still need to use CL. I am also worried that the ozonator will eat up my copper pipes.
So, had decided to go SWG, even started a thread asking what size/kind auto pilot to get.
But, I am still a little worried about the long term effects of having a salt water pool, on my pipes and the rest of my backyard.
My goals are to have some automation, to keep my chlorine levels pretty constant, without too much work. I would also like to reduce the combinded chlorine in the pool, to get rid of the eye problems/smell/etc. My wife wants to get an alternative sanitizer for the pool also, and she has to approve the final solution.
Then I saw a thread here today about the liquidator, sounds like an easy way to add chlorine/bleach to a pool.
Then I thought, what if I combined an ionizer with a liquidator. I think I would just have to run the liquidator on a very low level, to put a little bleach in the pool, and then use the ionizer to help. The ionizer would put copper and silver into the pool, to kill algae and germs. I did see a study where they compared chlorine alone, to chlorine and silver/copper. The chlorine was at a lower level in the combined pool, but germs were killed faster in the combined pool than in the pool with chlorine by itself.
With the ionizer I was looking at, entire system would cost around $700, and installation would be pretty easy.
BTW, I use my pool about 6-7 months out of the year, starting about now, until around oct. Live in LA.
20,000 gal fiberglass pool, gas heater. Have a completely seperate spa, with it's own pump/heater.
I am also adding a intermatic remote control, since the display on my heater broke, and I needed to do something about it anyway. It was not that much more to add the intermatic system, versus buying a new display/controller board for my heater. And the controller still works fine, but the display is hosed so you can't tell what you're setting the heater too.
One more thing. I am an engineer, so I need to over analyze things like this before I actually do anything.