Solar swimming pool covers use the sun’s energy to heat and maintain the temperature of your swimming pool. Energy Smart PTY Ltd It is otherwise known as a thermal pool cover. Since it solely relies on solar energy, there is no need to connect it to a power source, which also translates to no more spending on electric pool heating systems and more savings in terms of maintenance costs. Although some pools may be heated by heat pumps or solar panels, having a pool cover further aids the process of retaining heat in the pool. However, in order to guarantee consistent high quality performance, you must keep the solar pool cover in good condition by keeping in mind a few easy steps.
Installation of Swimming Pool Solar Cover
It is important that your pool cover fits the exact size of your pool so as to ensure maximum heat capacity over an extended period of time. Well-fitted pool covers keep out insects, debris, and other waste matter. If the solar cover comes in a bigger size than that of your pool, you have the freedom of simply using a pair of scissors to cut it down to size. If you plan to do this, it is recommended that you work with a helper who can firmly hold down the cover by the sides of the pool while you cut it into shape. While you are in the process of cutting, it is important that you remember to leave 3” extra space on all sides of the cover. This is so that the sides of the solar cover can fold down into a flap and fit into the pool skimmer. The dirt and debris that gets hosed down during the cleaning process will runoff from the cover and collect in the skimmer by means of the flap. Installing a pool cover isn’t hard but you need to be patient and thorough to ensure a good fit.
Solar Pool Cover Usage
The cover heats the water on a molecular level and thus allows you to conserve energy and save money simultaneously. It utilizes the sun’s heat to keep the pool warm and at a comfortable temperature throughout the day. The solar pool cover should be placed in the pool with the bubble side facing downwards and the panel side facing the sun. Even when the pool pump is not in use, the pool cover will keep the upper layers of the water warm. The lower layers of the pool may be cold, so it is best to circulate the water in the pool before use. A good way to clean up the solar cover is to roll it up onto a rotating solar reel, since it minimizes the amount of debris or dirt that can collect on it as opposed to placing it directly on a dirty surface. It makes the cleaning process much easier and much more convenient.
Solar Cover Maintenance
Keeping the solar pool cover clean and free of dirt is key to consistent and good quality results. Debris may damage the cover and prevent effective warming of the water. It is recommended that you clean your pool once or more during the summer season. To clean the solar cover, all you’ll need is a hose, cover cleaner, and a long-handled soft bristle brush. If you have excess debris and water collected on the solar cover, use a submersible pump to drain it off as you maneuver it from the side of the pool. Use the brush as needed for any leftover leaves and small debris. You can roll up the solar pool cover as you spray it clean or you can spot clean residual stains with any store bought cover cleaner.
The Cleaning Process
Take off the solar cover and spread it across the lawn
Spray it clean with a hose to dislodge the debris
Scrub it down with a pool cover cleaner and long-handled brush
Repeat the process for the opposite side
Do not place your solar cover on abrasive surfaces (such as the driveway or other cement surfaces)
Only use detergent soap or pool cover cleaner – using any other chemical cleaner may cause a chemical reaction with the chlorine in the pool
Make sure that the cover is completely dry before you roll it up – it may become prone to mildew and cause bad smells
One of the main benefits of having a solar pool cover is that it helps regulate water temperatures at a low cost. It keeps the pool comfortably heated and clean of debris and waste matter. Also, keep in mind that after a chlorine shock, you should remove the cover so as to prevent it from reacting with the chlorine in the water. Let the chlorine remain in the water overnight and throughout the morning. Drain the pool and refill it with fresh water. At this point, you can safely reinstall the solar pool cover and enjoy your pool knowing that you are indulging in a pastime that not only saves money but conserves energy as well.