Why You Absolutely Need a Swimming Pool Cover

by Pool Builders on 08-25-2007 in Articles

If you are a swimming pool owner, you're a lucky homeowner. You have a place to relax and play during the warm weather. Of course, you may incur some high monthly energy bills in the summer too, as running a pool cleaning system and heating a pool can be expensive. And don't forget all that work you have to do to keep the leaves out and properly maintain your swimming pool. And of course you have to worry about small children or pets falling into the pool when you're not around...

I'm not getting you down, am I?

I just want to remind you of some of the downsides of being a pool owner so you realize why a swimming pool cover is such a smart investment.

There are three major reasons you should invest in a swimming pool cover:

1. Safety

If you have small children or pets, it's hard to watch them all the time. However, a good swimming pool cover can protect them from falling into the pool. Many covers are designed for this purpose and you'll often see their ads with an elephant standing on the pool cover without damaging it or falling in. I guess if an elephant's weight can be supported, your kids will be okay!

Don't forget the safety of neighborhood kids too. Even if your kids are grown, you always have to be aware that youngsters from surrounding houses might think it's fun to sneak into your yard and use your pool while you're away. Believe it or not, you'd still be responsible if something happened to them. A secure pool cover can save you a lot of grief and worry. Though neighborhood kids might be enticed by a sparkling open pool beckoning to them from across the fence, it's unlikely anybody is going to take the effort to remove the pool cover to get in.

2. Energy conservation

Are you spending a lot of money heating your pool? Or maybe your water gets too hot in the summer, since you live in a warm climate, and it's not refreshing to swim in.

Either way, a pool cover can keep hot sun rays out and heated pool water in. This means you'll spend less on heating your pool in cooler climates, and the water temperature will stay comfortable in hot climates.

3. Less maintenance

A pool cover is also practical simply because fewer things fall into the pool that have to be strained out. If you have a lot of trees in your yard, then you know what I mean. Dragging leaves out of the pool every day gets very old very quickly!

By covering the pool at night, when it's windy, or other times you're not using it, you can save yourself a lot of effort in the maintenance department. Not only do tree leaves frequently blow into pools, but just regular dust, sand, and small debris can travel on the wind or be kicked in from a nearby lawn or garden.

Having a pool cover in place means doing less maintenance work overall.

So, as you can see there are three good reasons for having a pool cover: they create more safety, they mean less money spent on energy, and they mean less maintenance.

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