Why Pool Cover Required?
75% of a swimming pool’s heat loss is due to evaporation. A solar cover or an automatic slatted pool cover minimizes heat loss from evaporation by acting as a barrier between swimming pool water and the air. Specifically, you can reduce your swimming pool heating costs by up to 80% by using a solar cover.
Swimming pool Energy loss
Swimming pools lose energy in a variety of ways, but evaporation is by far the largest source of energy loss. Evaporating water requires tremendous amounts of energy.
A)Outdoor Pools Energy Loss
The evaporation rate from an outdoor pool varies depending on the pool’s temperature, air temperature and humidity, and the wind speed at the pool surface. The higher the pool temperature and wind speed and the lower the humidity, the greater the evaporation rate. In windy areas, you can add a windbreak trees, shrubs, or a fence to reduce evaporation. The windbreak needs to be high enough and close enough to the pool that it doesn’t create turbulence over the pool, which will increase evaporation. You also don’t want the windbreak to shade the pool from the sun, which helps heat it.
B)Indoor Pools Energy Loss
Indoor pools aren’t subjected to the environment, but they still can lose a lot of energy from evaporation. They even require room ventilation to control indoor humidity caused by the large amount of evaporation. The ventilated air also must be conditioned, which adds to the energy costs. Pool covers minimize evaporation from both outdoor and indoor pools. Covering a pool when it is not in use is the single most effective means of reducing pool heating costs. Savings of 50%–70% are possible. Pool covers on indoor pools not only can reduce evaporation but also the need to ventilate indoor air and replace it with unconditioned outdoor air. You can also shut off exhaust fans when an indoor pool is covered, which saves even more energy.
What are pool covers made out of?
It’s best to use a cover designed specifically for swimming pools. They’re made of special materials, such as UV-stabilized polyethylene, polypropylene, or vinyl. They can be transparent or opaque. Covers can even be light or dark colored.
How to use a Pool Cover
Pool covers should be used during your swimming season. If you use your pool during the daytime, take off the cover just before swimming and replace the cover as soon as you’re done using the pool. If you use your pool only at night, the effectiveness of a pool cover will depend on whether the evaporation and other losses prevented by the cover exceed the solar gain reduction caused by the cover. The type of cover and the climate affects this balance. In dry and/or windy conditions, the evaporation rate of the pool increases. Therefore, it is generally beneficial to have a transparent or bubble cover on during daylight hours. In warm, humid conditions the evaporation rate decreases. In this case, it may be more beneficial to leave the cover off during the daytime.
Why install a pool cover?
- Decreases the number of times your pool will need backwashing
- Reduces chemical usage
- Saves up to 80% on heating cost
- Extends your swim season
- Reduce cleaning time by keeping dirt and other debris out of the pool.
Cumbersome swimming pool covers only work when you use them. Automated swimming pool covers are very user friendly, it operates at the turn of a key providing all the benefits with very little effort
More Money in Your Pocket
It saves you cash! A cover lowers your heating bills, chemical use, and water use, making it a worthwhile investment with immediate benefits.
For those colder months when you might be less likely to use your pool, a cover is an economical decision. And with its heating benefits, blanketing your pool may be a valuable way to encourage you to use your pool more often in spite of the winter chill!
With our quality pool covers it’s easy to keep your bases, and your pool, covered. And to experience those immediate savings, we can have your pool blanket measured and fitted within two days. Just contact us today to get started!
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