The Advantages of Having an Above Ground Pool Cover  

by Pool Builders on 04-10-2011 in Articles

There are many different advantages of having an above ground solar pool cover. What pool covers do is cover the entire top of your swimming pool. They do a number of different things. One is that if you have a number of trees in your back yard, a pool cover can keep leaves and other debris from floating around and landing in your swimming pool. This means really that you don't have to do as much maintenance on your pool, and your pump filter is going to work a lot less, lasting much longer than if you just left your pool uncovered. Having a cover also protects your pool from getting bugs, insects or even small creatures in your pool. There is nothing worse that coming out to swim and finding a dead squirrel in your pool.

There are other advantages of owning an above ground solar pool cover as well. Being that it is solar powered, meaning that it absorbs the energy of the sun and converts it to heat for your pool water, these pool covers can provide your pool with the warmth it needs in those cool early mornings. It allows the sunlight to come into the pool, and the cover traps that heat inside. This can substantially raise to pool temperature, depending on where you pool is located, and if you live in an area where there is ample sunshine. The temperature rise can be anywhere from ten to twenty degrees, and with the pump working, you don't have to worry about the top layers of water being warm and the lower layers still being cold.

The nice thing about an above ground solar pool cover is that you can find them in a size that will fit your needs, and at a price you can afford. These covers fit pools from 10' in diameter all the way up to 18,' and the cost for even the largest size is under $100. So even if the pool you purchased didn't come with a cover, you can still buy one for a reasonable price.

When buying one, make sure that it has the word Solar in the name, otherwise it is not an above ground solar pool cover. Regular pool covers, while convenient, don't heat up the pool's water as well as a real solar cover does. You should also make sure you know the size of your pool before purchasing. You should also shop around on the internet to make sure you are getting a cover at the right price.

In addition to an above ground solar pool cover [], there are many other solar powered accessories in addition to pool covers. One of these is the solar powered filtration pumping system. Instead of using electricity to power the pump, it is powered with solar energy from a panel that can be placed away from the pool itself. Some units just work when the sun is out, others have a battery storage back up for those cloudy days, or when you are using your pool at night. It is important to note that not all solar pumps are compatible with some swimming pool models.

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