Solar Pool Covers, What Are They?
Solar pool covers are an inexpensive way to extend your swimming season by keeping your pool water warmer longer. These pool covers are made from a lightweight plastic material that looks very similar to bubble wrap. It’s the thousands of small bubbles in the cover that keeps it floating on the pool water’s surface. Use one of these solar covers on your pool and you’ll likely be able to add a couple of months to your swim season every year.
Who Would Use One?
Solar pool covers sometimes called solar blankets, are used by anyone with an above ground pool or inground pool. It doesn’t matter the type of pool as it’s function is to keep pool water warm. If you can elevate the water temperature of your pool by 10-15°F then you’ll be able to swim longer into the fall and still be comfortable, even in Central Florida.
If you already have or are thinking of investing in a pool heater you’ll definitely need to get a solar pool cover for your pool. The solar cover will keep that heat you’ve paid for in your water and not let it escape into the air each night. Think of a solar blanket as a lid on your coffee cup, with one the coffee stays warm, without one the coffee cools of much quicker. The addition of a solar cover when heating your pool with natural gas, LP or heat pump can reduce heating costs by up to 70%.
Pool covers are not just for heat retention, in other parts of the country many people use a pool cover for other reasons besides keeping water warm or keeping out debris. In these locations residents by law have to conserve water and limit their consumption. The solar pool cover does an excellent job of reducing water loss due to evaporation. By covering the entire water’s surface with a pool cover evaporation is reduced by 90%.
How To Use A Solar Pool Cover
First you must purchase a solar pool cover that’s closest in size to your swimming pool. If your pool cover is larger than your pool simply take a scissors or razor knife and trim the cover to fit. Use your pool as usual and allow the powerful Florida sunshine to beat down on the water all day long. In the evening cover your swimming pool with the solar cover, this will hold the heat in the water preventing it from evaporating into the air each night. If you use the cover regularly you will begin to see the water temperature rise each day and allow use of your pool longer into the year.
There are a few ways to make using your solar cover easy and I’ve included some examples of different ideas below. For many people the use of a solar cover reel is a way to keep you cover clean and conveniently located. For others the use of hooks around the pool makes solar cover access and storage a simple task.