Factors That You Should Consider Before Buying the Solar Pool Covers

by Pool Builders on 05-11-2010 in Articles

There are many types of covers available in the market for your pools, to keep the pool protected from debris and thus clean and healthy, one of them being the solar pool covers. This is a great and highly cost-effective way to utilize solar energy for heating your pools. These covers are perfect for places having sunny climates as it can reduce the chemical as well as heating costs, and are also known as solar blankets. They look quite like a bubble wrap and are generally blue or silver in color.

These covers have many minute air pockets that transfer sun's heat into the pool, and the heat remains trapped in the water. Since the heat gets trapped and cannot escape, the water is at amazingly comfortable temperatures in the cool nights. The swimming pool covers, can raise the temperature of the pool by almost 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. This will definitely lower the heating cost of the pool and since evaporation is also reduced, there will be less chemical loss and thus you would need to spend less on chemical replacement. These covers come in various thicknesses, ranging from 8mm, 12mm and 16mm.

The thicker pool covers may cost you more but at the same time they are more durable and provide better insulation and heat transference. The color of the covers is an important factor that you need to consider while getting them. Almost the same amount of chemical and water evaporation will be prevented by covers of all colors; the heat shall not be transferred equally by all of them. The blur solar covers can block around 20-40% solar energy, the clear ones can block about 5-10%, thus it provides better heat transference. Yet another factor that you need to consider while buying the solar pool covers is if you have an in-ground pool or the above ground one.

Apart from the solar covers, there are various other types of covers that you may opt to purchase, like solid covers, safety covers, automatic covers, winter covers and thermal covers for pools. If you live in a place where the weather may get absolutely chilly and freezing, then you must get a cover for your pool, as slipping in of ice may destruct it. There are many websites that you may go through to know about the various covers offered and collect details about each of them. On finding the one, best suited for your pool, you may purchase it and place an online order.

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