Poolside Chat - Salt Chlorinator Sizing - Inyopools Episode 3

Video: Poolside Chat Episode #3 Salt Chlorine Generator Sizes

In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:

  • How to size a swimming pool salt chlorine generator

Poolside Chat Episode #3 Video

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Video Transcription

Announcer: This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. Now here’s your host – Matt and Rob.

Rob: Hello. Welcome back to another exciting episode of Poolside Chat presented by INYOPools.com. I’m Rob.

Matt: And I’m Matt. Today’s question will be focusing on salt chlorine generators. The question we have today is from Fred:

“I have a 20,000 gallon pool and want to know should I go with a 20,000 gallon system or 40,000 gallon system?” ~ Fred

Rob: Well, Fred, since you’re right at 20,000 gallons, I’d recommend the 40,000 gallon unit. The reason being is if it’s really up to 20,000 that’s for pools in a perfect climate. They’re not getting rain and sun, or a lot of swimmers.

Matt: A utopia for salt chlorine generators.

Rob: Yes and that’s just simply not the case. So yes, I recommend going up to the 40,000 gallon unit.

Matt: Also, I would suggest always going up to the 40,000 gallon capacity, just because it should lengthen the lifespan of the cell. Let’s use an analogy, because I’m the king of analogy.

Rob: Yes, he is.

Matt: Yes, that’s what I’m good at. He’s good at this show. I do stupid analogies. But let’s say you’re going to try and run at a constant pace as far as you can. If you are at 100% capacity, you’re probably going to get there fast, but you’re not going to go very far. But if, let’s say, you go with 50% capacity, you’re going to go a lot further because you’re not exerting yourself. It is the same concept with salt cells. That 20,000 gallon cell is going to be maxing out all the time to keep up with the 20,000 gallon pool. Especially since we’re not in a utopian society where it never rains, there is no one ever in your pool and there is not a leaf falling in your pool or anything that messes up your chlorine. You’re going to have to catch up your chlorine levels at some point. You don’t want to always have to shock your pool and you also don’t want to have to replace a $400 to $500 salt cell every two years.

Rob: Yes

Matt: The main thing is always upsize, especially when it comes to salt chlorine generators, heaters, filters. It just means less work for you and less money for you in the long run. So, this has been another stellar show. It’s been exciting.

Rob: The best one yet, I believe.

Matt: This might be the third or fourth one in.

Rob: It might be the final one.

Matt: Yes, possibly. We could get cancelled. We could be like The Chevy Chase Talk Show. Hopefully we’re better. He’s Chevy; I’m Chase. But it went fantastic. Thank you for listening to us. Hopefully we have been educational. If not, hopefully entertaining. If you have any questions you can always call us at 877-372-6038. Or you can email us at upload@inyopools.com. We also suggest subscribing to our YouTube Channel so you can get more of these videos. Or if you don’t like those, you can always look at our Swimming Pool How To Guides which pretty much cover everything you need in a pool.

Also, you can subscribe to our newsletter, which will also give you access to our Free 128-page Pool Care Guide, which is super fantastic. I’ve read it. Pretty much covers everything you would need – everything we’re probably covering in these videos. Of course you don’t get the opportunity to gaze upon this beautiful façade that is Rob and Matt (aka Stockton, Malone). It’s been fantastic. Thank you. Bye.

Rob: Bye.

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