Swimming Pool Covers
Posted by Norman Fong
Summer is coming. Swimming pools are major resource sinks. If you are gifted (or cursed) with a swimming pool or spa, a pool cover is an essential item. It helps improve the safety of the pool by preventing small kids from falling in and it helps reduce electrical, heating, and chemical costs.
Pool covers are not substitutes for fences. Every pool should be fenced and locked. Many localities including ours require a perimeter fence around the pool.
Some vendors claim up to 80% savings using a swimming pool cover. This is a little optimistic. You can measure how much water you lose every month by making marking the side of your pool’s tile. Refilling a pool with water costs a lot of money. Your water will also stay warmer with a pool cover.
A pool cover:
- Increases safety
- Reduces the use of chemicals – (Less evaporation and tree contamination)
- Reduces water consumption – (Less evaporation)
- Reduces power use – (Less pool sweep and pool pump operation time, less temperature loss)
In our own experience, it is a no brainer to get a cover for a pool, but they do cost thousands of dollars. The thermal blankets you can drape over the water’s surface do not provide the same level of performance as a vinyl pool cover.
The only downside is that you need to pump water off your pool cover a couple times a year. Look at all the gunk that we prevented from entering our pool!
Also consider getting a variable speed pool pumps to save even more money.
Don’t forget to get your pool heater checked and serviced. This will ensure it runs at 100% efficiency.
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