Chlorine Generators; Residential vs Commercial – Part 1

In Blog, Salt by Timothy Petsch2 Comments

While reading through a recent trade journal a headline caught my attention

“Make more money selling Salt Chlorine Generators”.  The article started off with,” Salt chlorine generators can be one of the richest revenue streams in a retail operation”

Obviously this pertained to residential pools but it got me to thinking that if these devices are now so hot in the residential market – I have heard that they are now the most popular residential pool product in US history – why is there so much resistance in the commercial market? We can look at that a little later; first why is it that these salt systems are so darn popular; well I read on and discovered that

  • Home owners do not want to handle harsh toxic chemicals
  • Salt systems are more “convenient”
  • The water is “soft & silky” & does not feel like it has chemicals in it
  • Don’t need to use swimmers’ goggles
  • Don’t need to shower after use
  • The system is automatic, and does not mess with the water chemistry like traditional chlorine does

Yes, I did find stories about some of the concerns about these devices, but they all centered around obvious errors that were done during installation and/or operations, and a couple comments about how expensive they were. Like a pool is a budget item. Right? It’s all about the comfort of the pool owner and their family in the water

So why the resistance in the commercial arena? In my next blog I will discuss why I believe these systems ECG (Electrolytic Chlorine Generators) are not as ubiquitous in the commercial market (yet) as they are in the residential market.


  1. They (ECG) really are the iPhones of the generator market. I’ve been in the industry for less than a decade and it’s a conversation we have with clients a few times a month! Beautiful site, interesting article, intrigued to hear your take on the commercial side of things.

    All the best,


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