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If you are considering the purchase of a swimming pool heating system and have done any research online, you have probably come across advertisements and information about swimming pool solar covers. All Swimming Pool Heat Pump dealers almost always recommend solar covers to their customers because they provide a lot of value to swimming pool owners. Lets discuss the basics of solar covers and benefit they can offer.
What is a solar cover?
A solar cover, also referred to as a solar blanket, is a large sheet of plastic that looks like bubble wrap and lies on top of your swimming pool. You have many options when purchasing a solar cover, as many colors, thicknesses, and sizes are available.
How does a solar cover work?
75% of a swimming pools heat loss is due to evaporation. A solar cover minimizes heat loss from evaporation by acting as a barrier between swimming pool water and the air. Specifically, you can reduce your swimming pool heating costs by up to 70% by using a solar cover.
How do I shape a solar cover?
Match the dimensions of your solar cover with the widest and longest points of your swimming pool. Lay the solar cover onto the surface of the swimming pool and simply trim the edges of it with a pair of scissors to match the shape of your swimming pool.
How much does a solar cover cost?
As with any product, prices of solar covers vary greatly. The price of a solar cover depends on the size of the swimming pool and the thickness color of the solar cover. Most solar covers are available for between $50 and $300.
How long does a solar cover last?
Over time, your solar cover will slowly deteriorate. You will need to replace your solar cover when it begins to flake and when bubbles begin to fall off of it. Most solar covers last for up to three years, though many people replace them more frequently.
Utilizing a solar cover and taking advantage of the return lines in your pool is another way of prevent evaporation as well as distributing the warm water throughout all your pool and quick more efficiently.
There is new technology in the market now called liquid blankets, that are supposed to do the same job as the solar cover but in a non-hazardous form, this is fairly new in the business. We will have another blog about these covers when more information is available.
Considering the lifespan, price, and effectiveness of solar covers, we at AquaCal think they are valuable investments. Still, some swimming pool owners prefer not to use them. What are your thoughts on solar covers? Let us know by leaving us a comment!