Those of us lucky enough to own a swimming pool and being concerned about climate change may well have switched to solar pool heating. Many more of us will also have a solar pool cover. These can be used with any form of swimming pool heating system and harness the thermal energy of the sun to add warmth to your pool. They are, however, fragile and must be looked after carefully to ensure that they continue to perform efficiently.
Solar pool covers look a bit like bubble wrap but are made of high-grade polypropylene. Unlike a normal pool cover, they benefit from Ultra Violet Inhibitors, giving them their thermal qualities. To look after them to ensure that they perform at their best there are three very simple steps to follow at all times:
1. It is vital that you avoid tearing your solar pool cover. A torn cover will not transfer the sun's thermal energy to your pool efficiently, nor will it prevent debris from entering your pool. Not only that but it will no longer prevent evaporation from the surface of your pool and this is, of course, the major cause of heat loss fro a swimming pool. Very often a solar pool cover will tear when being dragged from the pool.
The answer is simple. Always use a solar cover reel and ensure that yours is rolled onto the reel when not in use. This will ensure that it is never torn and is money well spent in protecting your investment.
2. Always, as far as possible, store your solar pool cover in the shade by your pool when it is not being used. The sun's rays will degrade your cover over time in much the same way as the sun will bleach curtains hanging in a window. This is easy to avoid, however, particularly if your cover is on a pool reel because the pool reel can simply be moved into the shade.
3. Swimming pool chemicals will damage you solar pool cover. In simply terms, concentrated chlorine will damage it, as will the chemicals used to ‘shock’ your pool. Be very careful, therefore, to ensure that you do not put your cover back onto your pool when the chlorine levels are too high. This is very important to monitor after you have ‘shocked’ your pool and so you will need an accurate pool tester. Wait until the ph levels have returned to normal before putting your cover back on.
You will know you have a problem because your pool cover will become dry and brittle!
Used properly and looked after your solar pool cover will prevent debris from getting into your pool. It will also prevent evaporation and harness the sun's rays to add warmth to your pool. However, you will need to look after it!
The great news is that if you shop online for Solar Pool Covers or Solar Cover Reels you can find unbeatable deals at wholesale prices!