Finding the right winter pool cover for your pool is an essential step in preparing your pool for the winter months. What should you look for in a winter pool cover, and what types of winter pool covers are available? Here’s a look at some of the various pool covers currently on the market.
Winter pool covers are designed to protect your pool from excessive evaporation, prevent debris from accumulating in your pool while it’s not in use, and thereby prevent damage to the pool’s filtration system. If you live in a climate where leaves fall, snow is likely, or your pool needs to be winterized in any way, then you definitely need a winter pool cover.
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As an example of winter pool covers, Inyo Pool’s Arctic Armor pool covers are warrantied for eight to twenty years and are woven so tightly that light cannot pass through. This means that your pool will not breed algae during the winter, making getting the pool ready for summertime a cinch.
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Here’s a question for you – do you have your calculator handy? How much energy does it take to raise 10,000 gallons of water 40 degrees Fahrenheit? If you didn’t get an answer, here’s a rough estimate: A whole lot. If you want your pool to be warm enough to use in the winter, you’re looking at raising the temperature of quite a bit of water by at least 40 degrees just to make it usable. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Here are some tips.
Don’t count on using just a solar pool cover to provide enough heat for your pool to swim comfortably in mid-winter. A solar pool cover is designed to raise the water temperature between five to fifteen degrees, but if your overnight low is 40 degrees, your pool water would only get up to about 55 degrees at most with a solar pool cover.
What a solar pool cover is good for is to extend your pool season. Depending upon where you live, the overnight low might still be 60 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit in September or even October, and might warm up to that by April. A solar pool cover during those times will make your pool warm enough to enjoy a few months longer.
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