Since fall has quickly approached and winter is around the corner discussing solar pool covers is a topic that begins to increase. Now that summer is over, poolside BBQ’s are a thing of the past, who wouldn’t want to extend swimming pool season by a month or two? Well, solar pool covers are one way of doing this and we hope this post highlights a few of their benefits.
By using a pool cover, you can significantly reduce swimming pool heating costs. The bottom-line is swimming pools lose energy in a variety of ways but evaporation is by far the largest source of energy loss. Pool covers minimize evaporation which means covering a pool when it is not in use is the single most effective way of reducing pool heating costs. A solar cover minimizes heat loss from evaporation by acting as a barrier between the swimming pool water and air. One of the best and lowest costs covers made specifically for swimming pools is a solar cover or (bubble) cover. They are very similar to what bubble wrap looks like for packaging materials but the biggest difference is they use a thicker grade of plastic and they have UV inhibitors.
Overtime, your solar cover will deteriorate. When the bubbles begin to fall off and the cover flakes you will need to replace it. Since they are not overly expensive this can be a cheaper option than heating your pool. Please keep in mind that solar covers aren’t thick and are not intended to be a safety measure. It is still easy to fall into a pool with a solar cover which means constant supervision is always necessary.