Why you need a Solar Pool Cover
Getting a solar pool cover for your pool can seem unnecessary; especially in a climate such as Florida. But, these covers help a lot with both the maintenance and efficiency of your pool. The Florida sun will evaporate a large amount of water from your pool every day. Covering your pool when you aren’t using it will help to keep your water usage in check.
What separates a solar pool cover from any other cover, is the added benefit of heat retention and energy efficiency of your pool. These solar pool covers are specifically designed to prevent evaporation from your pool, prevent heat escaping from the pool, and help to heat the pool with energy from the sun.
Makes Maintenance Easier
As with all pool covers, solar pool covers help prevent leaves and other debris from collecting in your pool which makes maintenance easier. After all, who likes to get in a pool with a bunch of leaves floating around? Or, wants to skim the leaves out of the pool each time before they can use it?
By keeping your pool covered, solar pool covers help reduce the amount of evaporation from your pool each day. By covering your pool you can reduce this evaporation buy up to 95% which will save you time and money refilling your pool. This evaporation is also responsible for up to 75% of heat loss from your pool each year; so investing in a solar pool cover will also reduce heating costs.
Water is amazing at transferring heat. In fact, it’s one of the best substances for this purpose. When it comes to your pool this can be both good and bad; when it’s warm outside the water will absorb heat from the air, however the opposite is also true. When air temperatures drop below the temperature in the pool, your pool will release heat into the air quickly. By acting as a barrier between the water and the air above, solar pool covers help retain the heat already in your pool.
Natural Heat Source
Solar pool covers also enhance the natural heating of the pool from sunlight. These covers look a lot like bubble wrap, and that is how they help to heat your pool naturally and efficiently. These bubbles catch and radiate the heat from the sun’s rays back into your pool. This will help heat your pool during the summer months and even as the outside temperatures begin to drop.
Reduced Chemical cost
Solar pool covers also help with expenses related to chemical use in pools. Chlorine, which is the most common sanitizer, degrades when exposed to UV light. Depending on what solar pool cover you choose, it can reduce the amount of UV light entering your pool; meaning you have to replenish less frequently. Additionally, as the water evaporates the chemical concentration in your pool rises and requires you to monitor levels more carefully. By using a solar pool cover you will save time, money, and energy maintaining the proper chemical balances.
Changes in the temperature of your pool can result in higher energy bills and shorter life-span of your pool equipment. The more that the temperature fluctuates, the more often the heater will have to turn on to maintain the appropriate temperature. With the solar pool cover acting both to retain heat and as a heat source, your pool heater won’t have to work as hard.
As every pool owner knows, safety is the most important thing. Small children should never be left unattended around pools. These covers are not secured and children may try to walk on them and fall into the pool. They should also be completely removed prior to anyone swimming. If water gets on top of the covers they can become quite heavy and make it difficult for someone to surface from below.
Solar pool covers aren’t something you may have thought to invest in before, but the easier maintenance and savings are something to consider, making these one of the best covers on the market.