Guess what! If you already find benefit in using a pool cover and want to enjoy a warm pool without the astronomical costs of electric heaters, solar pool covers are the next best thing.
They are an easy, low-cost and environmentally sustainable method of maintaining a heated pool. Solar pool covers differ from the average pool covers by transmitting the sun’s energy into the pool water while still protecting it.
When you use a solar pool cover, you’re not only trapping the heat and preventing its evaporation, you’re also optimizing the converting power of the sun. And you can use the same pool cover over and over again, with top quality covers lasting 5-7 years!
It won’t be necessarily as powerful as an electric, gas or even solar heater system. However, it’s a viable option if you don’t want to fork out a huge upfront cost but still want to be as eco-friendly as possible. Most of the time, pools lose heat due to evaporation. Pools with a solar cover conserve water by 40 percent and increase warmth by about 10-15 degrees. All while creating a barrier from outer environmental particles like dust and debris. That’s a pretty good deal!
Now what does it take to choose the best solar pool cover? Every solar pool covering operates similarly, so it’s just about finding the best option for your specific pool. Here are some details to consider:
Ultimately, you want your cover to resemble your pool shape as much as possible. And when in doubt, get a cover that’s a little larger. This will ensure it covers as much of the pool surface as possible.
While you’re browsing and shopping, note that if a pool cover shape doesn’t match your exact pool shape, you can easily use multi-purpose scissors to trim it accordingly – even the quirkier shapes!
When it comes to a solar pool cover, the color does matter somewhat, along with your personal preferences.
- Clear Cover: Best for more light to get through to the pool, increasing the heat gain but may absorb less heat. Better for covering the pool during the day.
- Light Blue Cover: Does a good job with reflecting heat back into the pool and this is the most pleasant looking color.
- Dark Blue Cover: Better for absorbing heat and covering the pool at night.
Basically, clear covers are more ideal for heat gain, but dark blue is better for heat retention.
When it comes to deciding on solar pool covers, the thickness is the best way to determine the quality. Most solar pool covers come in a thickness of 8 mils (one-thousandth of an inch), 12 mils or 16 mils.
Generally, the thicker the better because this means it will absorb and trap more heat – which is what you ultimately want! A thicker pool cover will also be stronger against chemicals, tears and intense UV rays.
You can get a pretty good idea of a solar pool cover quality and durability based on how strong and recent the reviews are.
Now let’s get shopping!