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We have a salt water pool and love it. We are in Florida and have a pool heater. We use the pool 12 months a year. In the perhaps 3 "Winter" months, we pull the cover over it in the evenings to keep the water from losing too much heat in the evenings. Then we pull the cover back in the daytime. We spend perhaps 30 minutes per week skimming it and cleaning out the filters. Where we are, I would estimate maybe 50% of the houses have a pool. Because of so many pools, we have pool stores nearby. We have a plastic bottle that we dip into the water and take a water sample (perhaps 1/2 pint of water) to the pool store every week or 2. They run it through a machine that analyzes the water in about 10 seconds. It then tells us if it needs anything added to the water and quantities to add. Probably half the time, one or 2 things need to be added. They have in their computer how many gallons our pool is.

We could hire a pool company to come once a week and do all this. That price is about $50 to $80 per month. (Depending on the size of the pool, if it has an adjoining hot tub, etc.)

When people go to sell their houses, buyers want a salt water pool. A chlorine pool is kind of old fashioned in the world of real estate around here. The fact that it is called a "salt water pool" doesn't really mean the water is salty. It is not salty like the ocean at all. It just means it is not a chlorine pool. I think if we were to ask pool construction companies where we are, they haven't sold a chlorine pool in a few years. Everyone wants a salt water pool now.

Our electric bill and water bill have not gone up very much. It is very slightly on both of them. In fact, we have been surprised, that the electric has not increased much and also the water bill has not. We love our pool and wish we would have bought one sooner. I am sure it is a different scenario to weight the pros and cons if you are in a Northern climate, but we would not have a house without one. Best of luck!

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