Alternatives to pool chemicals
By Erin Palmer
Airway irritation, wheezing, sore throat, coughing, chest tightness, eye irritation, hair discoloration and brittleness, skin irritation and faded bathing suits. Swimming has always been a summertime favorite, however, the side effects of spending too much time in harsh chemicals like Chlorine complicate an otherwise fun seasonal experience. Chlorine alternatives are available, but generations have effectively relied on Chlorine and it still dominates the market on pool treatment. It has been accepted as an unfortunate necessity that goes with pool ownership that must be tolerated, but it does not have to be. There must be something better on the market that allows families to enjoy crystal clear water without swimming through chemical-filled water.
Saltwater pool systems are an alternative growing in popularity, but the idea of salty pool water is not always the most attractive option to pool owners. In truth, saltwater pools only have approximately 1/10 the salinity of seawater. Chlorine alternative may not be an accurate title for this method due to the fact that saltwater pools are not actually Chlorine free. On the contrary, through a process called electrolysis, where the saltwater is forced through a high-power cell, the saltwater systems produce their own Chlorine.
The saltwater systems are easier on the eyes and skin, require less maintenance and are safer than Chlorine, but they still may not be the best alternative to Chlorine. The saltwater system has an expensive set up price tag, the system is more complex and issues may require an experienced technician to fix and it is potentially damaging to pool accessories. In summary, saltwater pool systems are a consideration for this market, but for the fact that it produces its own Chlorine, if a pool owner makes the expensive switch for the sole purpose of avoiding the Chlorine, the efforts were all in vain.
Pool owners that have done some research on Chlorine alternatives most likely have come across Bromine. Bromine and Chlorine are both parts of the Halogen family. This method is attractive to pool owners because the byproduct produced from the chemical reaction is less likely to become airborne to be inhaled by swimmers and does not give off that chemical smell in the pool area like Chlorine does. Additionally, Bromine pools do not have to be shocked quite like the chlorinated system counterparts.
That being said, Bromine has some shortcomings as well. Though Bromine is a better sterilizer than Chlorine, it falls short of Chlorine as an oxidizer, which is the main purpose for the Hologens in the pool water. Pool owners should also note that Bromine is not the best choice for outdoor pools, as Bromine is vulnerable to dilapidation from the UV rays of the sun. Bromine is better suited for indoor hot tubs and spas than it is for the outdoor pool.
Crystal clear water with little to no chemical use, could that be possible? Surprisingly, pool owners, retailers and builders are not as aware of ozone generators for the pool or their knowledge of the system is limited. Ozone (O3) is a form of oxygen (O2). The Ozone molecule consists of three oxygen atoms. Ozone naturally gets rid of chemical and biological pollutants and reverts to oxygen within 30 minutes of ozonation.
Shelly A. from Cowarts, Alabama purchased an ozone generator for her pool after doing some research and wrote, “We purchased the (ozone) generator and have had the clearest pool ever. Even with all the rain and humidity this summer what little algae we did get just vacuumed up no problem. We just recommended this to a friend and they ordered one for their pool.” Another ozone user in Indiana also took the time to write about his experience with ozone, “…I'm running no chlorine at all and the water is staying perfect and is clearer than I've ever seen it.”
Ozone’s oxidizing power is twice as powerful as Chlorine and reduces chemical use by up to 95%. The filtration capabilities of your pool system will improve and water consumption decreases. Pool owners with ozone generator systems enjoy smooth skin, no discoloration of or brittle hair, no fading swimwear and no more red, irritated eyes. Ozone generators from the right company are affordable and pool owners save on the chemical costs associated with other pool oxidation methods.
There are various methods for pool owners to consider when deciding on the method of cleaning his or her pool water. Just because Chlorine has been used for generation after generation does not mean that pool owners must continue to suffer the side effects of the chemical use. Pool owners should consider his or her options carefully and do some research on the methods that seem most attractive. Pools and Chlorine used to go hand in hand without question. When a person buys a pool, the Chlorine is assumed to be purchased next. There is something better on the market that allows families to enjoy crystal clear water without swimming through chemical-filled water. Pool owners should explore the revolution and stop depending so much on chemicals simply because it has been the industry standard.
Lovely Home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Have you ever considered what life would be like without potable water? A2Z Ozone, Inc. may have a solution for you. Recently, we at A2Z Ozone, Inc. heard from James whose family lives in a lovely home on wooded land on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. But water was an issue. “Our initial concern was tea-colored well water,” James tells A2Z Ozone. Not only did the water from the well run tea-colored; upon analysis, James said it contained a high content of bacteria, tannins, and manganese with a PH level of 6.8.
James took action to care for his family and his dog, cat, bird, and two horses by resolving to fix the water issues. First, he chlorinated the well and water piping in the house, then drained and flushed the hot water tank. He ordered an MP-3000 Ozone Generator from A2Z Ozone, Inc. In an effort to conserve water, James upgraded the three toilets in the home to dual flush 0.8/1.28 gallon per flush toilets. He also installed both a Maytag Energy Star Certified washing machine and dishwasher.
A2Z Ozone, Inc.'s MP-3000 at work
The power of an ozone generator
The MP-3000 Ozone Generator is an excellent choice for the project James undertook. It gives up to 3 grams of ozone per hour. Considered a heavy-duty ozone generator, one of the MP-3000’s typical uses is for water sanitizing. It is known for removing bad tastes, chemicals, and the colors caused by the manganese in water. The results are phenomenal. As James put it, “…with the ozone treatment we now have sanitary, crystal clear water.” James is relieved to see pure water coming out of his faucets. He says this system provides water for washing vehicles and watering plants. He has even filled a swimming pool and a fish pond.
James Enjoying Time with His Horse
Technical specifications of the system
James kindly provided us with the technical specs: He connected the MP-3000 Ozone Generator to an ozone-resistant air injector (Waterite W988Z Micronizer) upstream of a 40 gallon degasser tank (the Duro 33155 FLS40D Flexpro Tank). Connected to the degasser tank are a multimedia filter (the Duro 4111 WGULTRAMF100) and an activated carbon filter with PH increase (the Duro 4913 CAN-15). Where does the excess ozone go? It is vented outside by an automatic vent valve provided by Honeywell Braukmann Q122A1001. Altogether, James spent approximately $2000 on the equipment for the project, not including the cost of a pressure tank and pump that were already in place.
Schematic Drawing of the Entire System
The Entire System
The Water Pump Control Box
Now, you can take action, too!
If you wish to install an MP-3000 Ozone Generator like this for your home and want some advice, call us at 502-499-4977 and talk with our technician. We are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time).
(Photo Credit: The Charlie Foundation)
Let’s face it… the older we get, the more and more we start to notice changes in our bodies. But most especially, in our skin! Fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin. OH MY! So, it’s pretty common for us to spend $30-$40 dollars on a cream each month that what we think is going to make us look younger. But what if I told you that you didn’t have to spend that $30-$40 dollars each month?! What if I told you that you could make your own miracle cream and save yourself money? Too good to be true? Wrong! It is entirely possible and the benefits are amazing!
Ozonated Olive Oil is a product that is really taking off! It has a million different uses! Here are some of the uses and what our customers have used it for:
||Skin Detoxify and Healthy Glow
||Improves Skin Tone
||Sweat Gland Infections
|Hair follicle infections
Wow! That is a lot of different uses for one kind of cream!
Curious how to make it? Well, when we were making it in-store, we used our S-32 G and paired that with an Oxygen Generator as well. This would produce about 2 gallons for us. But that isn’t the only unit that can be used for making the oil! Our MP-1000 up to our MP-8000 Multi-Purpose Ozone Generator can be used to make Ozonated Olive Oil.
Here is a chart on how long it will take for each unit to make the salve or Ozonated Olive Oil:
||3-4 days (salve)
||2-3 days (salve)
||2-3 days (salve)
||2-3 days (salve)
Here is the set-up that one of our customers has when they are making their own Ozonated Olive Oil.
We would be happy to help with any questions that you may have when ordering a unit or making your very own Ozonated Olive Oil! Give us a call at 502-499-4977! Happy Ozonizing!
Resources: The Charlie Foundation, https://www.charliefoundation.org/blog/entry/keto-pantry