If you have an above ground swimming pool then you’ve probably discovered that maintaining the water temperature can be quite tricky. Of course, you don’t want the water to feel so cold that you feel as if your toes might drop off and you don’t want the water to be uncomfortably hot on a swelteringly hot day either. Fortunately, a solar swimming pool cover can help stabilise the temperature of your water and keep algae at bay.
While not all solar swimming pool covers are born equal, a decent solar pool cover will encourage the sun’s rays to keep your water temperature stable and enable the chemicals you’ve used to keep your water clean to work on your behalf.
How does a solar swimming pool cover work?
Solar covers or blankets as they’re often referred to, float freely on top of the water. Looking similar to bubble wrap, the bubbles trap the sun’s rays and heat the water during the day. It’s important to choose a light coloured solar cover since this allows more light to enter the pool which, in turn. means that more heat is collected.
Solar pool covers also help reduce water evaporation which is another reason for pools to lose heat. Furthermore, because a solar swimming pool cover reduces evaporation, you could reduce your heating and water bills – so it’s a win-win situation.
Atmospheric radiation also causes your pool to lose heat at night. Air bubbles in solar covers provide insulation helping to reduce radiation as the temperature falls. This combined effect can increase the temperature of the pool water by as much as 10% while also saving a potential 10,000 litres of water per year.
Why choose a solar swimming pool cover?
Installing a solar cover puts you more in control of your pool’s temperature and enables you to extend your swimming season into the cooler months. By keeping your water chemistry more consistent, it also helps you cut down on costs.
Solar pool covers are available in a variety of thicknesses. While this in itself doesn’t have a direct effect on the collection and retention of heat, it stands to reason that a thick solar blanket will last longer than a thin one.
The majority of solar pool covers come with a roller system that makes light work of removing them whenever you want to use your pool plus it provides a place for storage and offers protection too.
Do be aware, however, that when it comes to solar swimming pool covers you do get what you pay for. Cheap imports are likely to disintegrate in the harsh sun and will probably only last a season.
At Just Covers, we’re pleased to offer our customers the Daisy Ultradome solar cover which not only boasts the Smart Watermark Approval (meaning that it complies with state water restrictions) but it also has a 10-year guarantee – you can’t get fairer than this.
If you’re looking for a swimming pool cover, then Just Covers is the place to be. We have a wide range of swimming pool covers and can help you select the one that’s best for your pool. We also provide a measure and installation service within our service area.
Why not call 1300 268377 to speak to our pool experts and take the first step towards saving money on your utilities.