The Cost To Switch Your Pool Over To Salt

Converting your pool over to salt is easy, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner. The main reason why people change over is cost! You’re spending so much money every season on chlorine, shock, and algaecide (not to mention having to micromanage measuring and adding everything) and instead a salt system provides the sanitation you need at a fraction of the lifetime cost. “Converting” your pool just means adding a Saltwater Chlorine Generator, and below you’ll see the typical costs involved. Installation on majority of Salt Water Systems is DIY and is as easy as installing a ceiling fan. The good news is that it’s not difficult or costly - now let’s break down what’s involved.


The basic costs involved are…

  1. Cost of the System (Salt Chlorine Generator)
  2. Cost of Salt
  3. Cost of installation

1) Equipment Cost:

First, you’ll want to choose your model and system size. You can learn more about system sizing here, but in general the larger the system, the better: it will work less hard to provide the same amount of chlorine, and it will be able to create more chlorine for your pool over its lifespan. So, it will give you more bang for the buck and last you longer!

On average small pool cost: $500 - 600 ball park range

On average medium pool cost: $700 ball park range

On average large pool cost: $800 or more range

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2) Salt Cost:

The salt is possibly the easiest step when it comes to installing a Saltwater Chlorine Generator. You’ll buy the salt at your local hardware store, pour it in the pool, and let your pump run until the salt dissolves. Salt is usually sold in 40-pound bags for about $5-7 each. You don’t need any special kind of salt; plain regular Water Softener salt will do, or of course anything labeled Pool Salt. For most systems you will need about 30 pounds of salt for every 1,000 gallons of water. It will all dissolve and pretty much be like it was never there.


3) Installation Cost:

CircuPool salt systems are DIY-friendly (the only major brand that doesn’t penalize your warranty if you install it yourself!). So if you or a friend are just a little handy, you can do it and minimize your installation cost to just about $0. The hardware that you’ll typically need is PVC glue, PVC Cement, a hacksaw/pipe cutter, screwdriver, permanent marker, and maybe some extra PVC fittings. We can also give you installation recommendations.


Compare those costs with what you would pay over the next 4-8 years (depending on what model salt system you get). A saltwater pool system eliminates the need to buy chlorine, shock, & algaecide, and it works automatically everyday with your pump. So not only does it pay for itself pretty quickly and gives years and years of savings, it gives frees you from the constant cycle of maintenance and frustration of traditional chlorination. Plus, your water quality and swimming experience is enhanced – it’s not a stretch to call it luxurious. With the chemical savings, consistent operation, relaxation, and enjoyment salt systems provide, its not wonder why salt chlorinators are the standard in pool care.

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