When the weather is hot, there are not a lot of outdoor activities better than taking a swim in a pool after a long day or on a sunny afternoon. Although a cool pool is nice during the day, it shouldn’t be too cold, especially when it comes to night swimming.
Although plenty of pool owners use pool heaters, there are other ways to keep the water at a nice temperature for a lower cost. While pool covers are popular choices for safety reasons, they can do more than keep small children and pets from falling in the water. If you’re looking for a way to be more eco-friendly or just save some money on pool expenses, a solar pool cover is a fantastic investment.
Solar Pool Cover Features
A solar pool cover can warm a pool up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit and prevent overall heat loss. Solar pool covers also keep dirt, debris, and other contaminants from getting in the water. They prevent chemicals and water from evaporating quickly; in fact, water evaporation is reduced by up to 95 percent. An abundance of water heat loss is caused by evaporation.
Solar pool covers are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, typically for pools that are 12 to 36 feet in diameter. They generally are 5 to 16 mils thick and contain thermal bubbles that retain heat on cloudy days and during the night. Cover colors typically include shades of blue and clear. Quality solar pool covers or blankets should be UV protected, so they don’t wear down under the most severe sunlight.
Costs and Installation
If you’re worried about high costs, there is no need, because solar covers are very affordable. Although prices vary depending on size and thickness, solar covers typically can be found as cheap as $20 and as expensive as $180. The standard thickness for a solar pool cover is generally 8 mils.
Lastly, solar pool covers are easy to install. All it takes is unrolling the cover and laying it flat across the pool when not in use, and rolling it back up when the pool is in use.
If you don’t want to be too chilly in the pool this summer and save a bit of cash without lots of work, consider using a solar pool cover. The environment, your wallet, and everyone that takes a dip in the water will thank you.
This post provided by Swimtown Pools, a distributor of pool covers, solar pool covers, and more.