Keeping your swimming pool heated can cost a pretty penny. These days we are all looking to cut our energy costs and leave less of a carbon footprint. This guide will explain how affordable solar pool covers can help you do both.
Introduction to Solar Pool Cover
Also referred to as solar pool cover, solar swimming pool covers are an economical and effective way to use the sun's energy to heat your pool.
Generally resembling bubble wrap, solar pool covers are usually clear, silver or blue in color. They have thousands of tiny air pockets that transfer heat from the sun into your pool and also help keep the existing heat in the water.
This means that more heat is added to your swimming pool while less heat is lost through evaporation. Enabling you to heat your pool for a fraction of the cost. Reduced evaporation means less chemical loss as well, saving you money all around.
Often, a temperature increase of 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit can be achieved by using a solar pool cover.
The Different Types of Swimming Pool Solar Covers
While all pool solar covers do the job in providing savings on your heating system and reducing evaporation as described above, not all solar blankets are the same in design or effectiveness.
Swimming pool covers come in different thicknesses. Choosing a thicker one will cost you more, but it will offer more energy savings. The thicker covers insulate better and transfer a greater amount of heat to the pool. As an added bonus to savings, they are more durable and last longer too. Common pool cover thicknesses are 8mm, 12mm, and 16mm.