It's good for your hip pocket and the environment
With winter only weeks away, it's a good idea to think about a pool cover or blanket for your pool - and there are many reasons why.
Simply put, pool covers are an effective way of keeping your pool clean and reducing operating costs. Quality covers act as a protective seal over the water, keeping heat and moisture in, and leaf litter and other environmental debris out.
Did you know that you can save up to 50% on heating costs by simply using a pool cover? Evaporation is the major source of heat loss for all swimming pools. This occurs mainly during the night when the ambient air temperature drops below the temperature of the water in the pool. By creating a barrier between the water surface and the outside air, these losses are virtually eliminated.
Factors that affect the evaporation rate include water temperature, air temperature and humidity, and wind speed on the pool surface; the higher the pool temperature and wind speed, and the lower the humidity, the greater the evaporation rate.
Derek Prince from Daisy Pool covers explains that if a pool is heated, a cover will insulate the pool and restrict heat loss, and therefore reduce energy costs. "A pool cover acts as a barrier between the colder air and the warmer pool water. It stops the natural process of hot and cold attracting each other, commonly known as convection," says Derek.
According to Derek, the most popular and cost-effective covers are the bubble style solar pool covers. "Even if you have an indoor heated pool, we still recommend that you use a pool cover to save on energy costs. Our specially designed indoor pool covers also keep condensation in the pool rather than letting it seep into the walls and roof of the pool room which can cause structural damage."
If used every day, a pool cover will reduce evaporation that occurs daily by up to 97 per cent and warm the pool water by around 6 - 8˚C, which ultimately extends your swimming season.
Sealing your swimming pool with a robust wrap also means that water and chemicals don't evaporate as quickly. Over the course of a year this can translate to massive savings on energy, water and chemical costs (it reduces the cost of pool chemicals because the amount of chlorine lost to the sun's UV rays is diminished). It also improves water health by protecting the pool from dirt and debris, which in turn reduces the load on your filtration and cleaning systems and saves you the hassle of constant cleaning.
There are myriad styles of pool covers to choose from, including thermal blankets, leaf covers, slat covers or the ever popular bubble blanket. Most provide long life expectancy.
If you don't want to use the pool cover year round, you can opt for a roll away version that literally rolls away into a specially designed cavity at one end of the pool. So when not in use, the blanket is stored away, out of sight and out of mind until it is needed again.
Swimart stocks a wide variety of pool covers and rollers. To find out more about pool covers and which one might suit your needs, just contact your local store or call Swimart on 1300 991 104 (Australia) or 0800 479 462 (New Zealand).