Did you know that 90% of a pools heat loss is through the water surface? That is why it is critical to use pool covers as the insulation barrier between the pool and atmosphere ensuring your pool stays warm and clean ready for swimming when you want.
Pool covers are a valuable addition to your swimming pool. Namely:
Extend your swim season: By warming and insulating your pool water with a pool cover, you can double your swimming season, double the use of your pool, and double the fun!
Saving Water: A swimming pool can evaporate up to twice its volume every year. A pool cover will stop evaporation. Pool covers can stop up to 97% of evaporation resulting is saving our precious water resource.
Saving Energy: Heating a pool requires energy from the sun, gas, or electricity. A pool cover will significantly reduce your heating costs by up to two thirds by retaining heat in your pool.
Saving Time: Keep your pool cleaner using a pool cover, reduce the workload on your pool cleaner and yourself by not having to constantly clean out leaves and debris.
Save Chemicals: By using a pool cover, your chemical usage will significantly decrease saving you money.
Saving Money: The return on investment is quick when you consider all the savings a pool cover gives you by saving water, energy, chemicals and time.
Pool Covers come as 4 main types:
Note: Terminology of pool ‘cover’ or ‘blanket’ is effectively the same.
SPASA promotes best practice minimum standards to ensure pool covers are fit for purpose giving you piece of mind that the cover you buy will last. As a minimum the pool cover selection you make should come with Climate Care Certification or Smart Water Mark approval which certifies water efficient products of your home.
Pool enclosures and liquid pool covers are not considered pool covers for the purposes of this Fact Sheet. A pool cover is defined as a physical barrier either on or close to the water surface.
Pool Cover Rollers:
A pool cover roller is generally recommended to make using your pool cover easy and convenient. Most pool covers will require a roller of some type and the type of roller you buy will depend on your budget and requirements. A pool cover roller is an important consideration when purchasing a cover and there are several different options including:
Your pool cover should come with an installation and operation manual.
Different pool cover types require different techniques of installation. Some pool covers are cut exactly to the surface of the pool, some a little larger, and some need gaps around the edge to allow for free operation. Minor gaps around your pool cover will not affect the performance and all pool covers will expand or shrink marginally due to the temperature fluctuations they are exposed to.
CARING FOR YOUR POOL COVER
For maximum life of you pool cover and all your pool equipment including pool surface finish ensure you keep your pool water correctly balanced. Refer to the SPASA Water Balance Fact Sheet for more guidance.
Proper care and maintenance of your pool cover will ensure it lasts. The following hints will assist to protect and help extend the life of your cover, pool and equipment.
The key to unlocking all the benefits from a pool cover is to be diligent in using it. If you consistently and correctly use your pool cover, you will be the beneficiary of all of the incredible savings a pool cover can give you.
Remember, you wouldn’t build a house without insulation, nor should you build a swimming pool without the addition of a pool cover.