Liquid solar pool covers and solar blankets are two interesting methods of achieving and retaining warmth for your pool. One of the main reasons pools lose their warmth is through evaporation. (Remember, heat rises.) So, when water from a pool evaporates the heat goes with it. That is why covering your pool, either with liquid solar pool covers or a solar blanket, helps keep your pool warm. When the pool is covered, the evaporation process is halted by the barrier.
Both liquid solar pool covers and solar blankets have a place when it comes to retaining heat for pools. Here is an explanation of what a liquid solar pool cover and a solar blanket are, along with the pros and cons of both methods:
Liquid solar pool covers are a microscopic layer of alcohol that lays on the top of the water in your pool. The liquid solar pool cover works much like oil and water in terms of density. If you put oil and water in a glass, the water has a higher density than the oil and therefore the oil will eventually rise to the top of the glass. Even after you “mix” the oil and water eventually, the oil will return to the top of the glass creating a barrier between the atmosphere and the water.
Alcohol is even less dense than oil and therefore, it creates a better barrier between the atmosphere and the water. Thus, liquid pool covers can reduce water evaporation by 85 percent.
Pros of Liquid Pool Covers
Using a liquid pool cover to retain the heat in your pool is a unique option. There are many benefits to using this method many of which make having a cover on your pool much less work.
Here are the pros of the liquid pool covers:
Cons of Liquid Pool Covers
Liquid pool covers can be great if you are looking for an easier way to keep the heat in the pool. However, there are a few things that make using a liquid pool cover less appealing.
Here are the cons of liquid pool covers:
Solar blankets are extremely helpful for preserving the heat and longevity of your pool. With solar blankets, you have a lot of options to fit your needs.
The way solar blankets work is that the bubbles lay face-down on the surface of the pool water and the translucent nature of solar blankets still allow the sun’s rays (and heat) to enter the pool. Meanwhile, the air bubbles trap the pool’s heat in during the night and times when the sun is not shining.
Of the two, solar blankets are the most common pool cover and due to their many benefits, they are rapidly growing in popularity. Here are the pros and cons of using a solar blanket to protect your pool:
Pros of Solar Blankets
Solar blankets and pool covers, in general, protect the pool from any debris surrounding it and helps retain heat. Pool covers are also used to help keep kids and pets safe when they are around the pool area.
However, solar blankets offer that protection in addition to a free way to heat the pool.
Here are the pros that you will receive with a solar blanket:
Cons of Solar Blankets
Solar blankets come in all shapes, sizes, and colors; which is good for some things but isn’t always a positive thing.
Here are some of the cons that come with using a solar blanket: