It's springtime and many homeowners are starting to think about opening up their pools for the season. Did you know that a solar pool cover can actually allow you to use your pool earlier in the year and use it well into the cold months? If you live in a sunny area, this could be a great way to get more out of your pool, start harnessing the sun's energy, and go green!
How Do They Work?
These solar pool cover have two features that allow them to work efficiently. First, they absorb the sun's heat and rays with a network of air pockets. These pockets appear to be very similar to the bubble wrap you use for protecting valuable items when moving. The air and plastic bubbles absorb heat from the sun and then transfer it into the water through an efficient bottom layer.
The bottom layer also performs the function of both the cover. This layer acts as a kind of one-way streets, allowing the heat from the outside while trapping heat in the water. This is done with a space-age, UV-resistant material. In this way the heat that is already in the water you do not escape.
Yes, solar pool blankets can save you money. They can do this in several ways. Most importantly they reduce the use of electricity or gas to heat water. By trapping the heat already in the water and add heat to the water when the sun is shining, the cover reduces the heating job that has to do.