Is a pool cover worth it?

Author: Sean Flatley  |  Last update: Saturday, July 2, 2022

Besides offering energy savings, pool covers also do the following: Conserve water by reducing the amount of make-up water needed by 30%–50% Reduce the pool's chemical consumption by 35%–60% Reduce cleaning time by keeping dirt and other debris out of the pool.

Do you really need a pool cover?

A pool cover reduces the amount of UV light coming into contact with the water. This is an important advantage as the pool chemical chlorine is degraded when exposed to UV light. This means you won't be required to add as much chlorine, which can save you time to refill and money purchasing the chemicals.

Are pool covers worth the cost?

The Benefits of a Pool Safety Cover are Priceless

By the numbers, an automatic pool cover offers the following savings and maintenance benefits: Up to 90% reduction in water evaporation. Up to 70% reduction in pool heating costs. Up to 50% reduction in electricity costs.

Does a pool stay warmer with or without a cover?

Air bubbles in the pool cover act as an insulator in a similar way that your thermos would keep water warm. A pool cover will, therefore, keep your pool water warmer for longer.

How long can you leave a pool cover on?

You can leave your pool cover on any time you're not swimming. In fact, it's recommended. During daylight hours, the more you keep the pool cover on, the more efficiently it will heat your pool.

Swimming Pool Covers: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Do pool covers work?

Pool covers reduce the amount of UV light coming into contact with the water. This is an important advantage as the pool chemical chlorine is degraded when exposed to UV light. This means you won't be required to add as much chlorine, which can save you time to refill and money purchasing the chemicals.

Should a pool cover touch the water?

The cover is designed to touch the surface of the water. So your pool should always be filled when covered, and the water level should never go below 18 inches from the top of the pool. Check the water level of the pool and fill it up if it goes below 18 inches.

Why are pool covers so expensive?

The reason most of them are so expensive is they can double as a deck when the pool is covered up (and even when it's open, depending on the design). Because they have to withstand the weight of outdoor furniture and people, they need to be extremely secure.

Can you walk on a pool cover?

The automatic pool cover can be walked on, but for the main purpose of rescuing someone or removing fallen leaves, twigs and other debris. However, it is not meant to be jumped on or played on. Putting the weight on the cover excessively or frequently can damage it over time.

Does leaving a pool cover on cause algae?

So while a solar cover won't actually 'turn your pool green', it will warm your water by up to 8 degrees, so if the other conditions are right, adding a solar cover can easily accelerate algae growth, very rapidly. You need to get the water balance in your pool right before putting the cover back on.

Will a pool cover prevent algae?

Covering the pool is a good way to prevent algae growth. The right cover keeps algae from entering the pool, but it also keeps leaves, bugs, bacteria, and dirt from decomposing in the pool, providing algae with food.

Is it OK to run my pool pump 24 hours a day?

The size of your pool, the efficiency of your pump and filter, and how dirty your pool is are just some of the factors you need to consider. Nevertheless, most pool cleaning professionals would advise against running a pool pump for more than 8 hours a day.

Do pool covers prevent drowning?

California law approves only certified safety covers. They must completely cover the pool or spa so children cannot fall into the water. All doors opening into pool or spa areas should close and latch automatically. Latch releases should be child-resistant or out of the reach of children.

Are pool covers safer than fences?

Pool fences are ideal because they are very secure, and they are easy to open and close. Pool covers take time to secure and un-secure, so they can be quite inconvenient. This often leads to accidents, because people don't want to take the time to secure the pool cover.

How much weight can pool covers hold?

The standard that the pool cover industry references is from ASTM, a company known and referenced widely for safety standards for many industries. The ASTM standard for pool covers requires the ability to hold at least 435 pounds.

What is a solid pool cover?

Solid covers prevent dirty water from entering the pool. This helps to keep the water clean when it's not in use. You could reduce your reliance on chemicals and your pool filter, simply by choosing a vinyl cover.

How well do automatic pool covers work?

An automatic pool cover can keep rain from getting in your pool, but the water has to go somewhere. If you don't have any way to drain the water, it may build up on the cover. An automatic pool cover can handle a bit of weight, but too much rain could damage the cover.

How much does a mesh pool cover cost?

The average cost for a mesh pool cover is between $1,500 and $3,000, including installation. This cost depends on where you live and the design of your swimming pool.

Can you run pump with pool cover on?

Is It Safe To Run The pool Pump With The Pool Cover On? It is safe to run the pool pump and filter with a swimming pool cover on. The pool cover doesn't in any way stop or hinder the pool pump from circulating the water or carrying out its function.

What is the purpose of a pillow in a pool?

Sometimes also called an ice compensator, a pool air pillow is used to compensate for the accumulation of rain, snow, and ice that may build up on the pool cover over the winter months. By placing an air-filled pool pillow under the winter cover, you create a void in the water and on the top of the cover.

Do thermal pool covers work?

So, do solar pool covers actually work? The short answer is yes. It has been scientifically proven by at least 3 studies that solar blankets help to warm swimming pools. They also help to retain pool heat at night, help to reduce humidity and help to save on energy costs.

How can I heat my pool for free?

How to heat a swimming pool for free?
  1. Using a black hose to keep your pool warm. ...
  2. Solar Cover. ...
  3. Heating your pool with solar panels. ...
  4. The benefits of solar panels as pool water heaters. ...
  5. Using dome – shaped connectors to heat your pool. ...
  6. Solar ring heaters for pools. ...
  7. Heat pool water with a floating blanket.

Does a pool cover stop evaporation?

Pool covers can be used on indoor and outdoor pools, as well as in-ground and above-ground pools, of almost any size or shape. Using a pool cover can prevent up to 95 percent of pool water evaporation.

What is the most effective pool barrier?

We recommend wrought iron to enclose pool areas, as its natural durability helps prevent it from being breached. In addition, wrought iron fences and gates have an elegant appearance that complements the style of any property.

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