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Benefits of Solar Swimming Pool Covers

Updated on March 18, 2013

Solar Swimming Pool Covers Don't Just Keep Your Pool Warm

If you're a pool owner considering a solar swimming pool cover, you might be thinking it's a great way to warm your pool and save on heating costs. And you're right - a solar pool cover can raise your pool's temperature by up to 15 degrees by trapping the sun's natural heat and preventing heat loss and evaporation. But that's only one benefit to a solar swimming pool cover.

Solar Swimming Pool Covers Have Other Benefits, Too

Keeping your swimming pool water clear and filled to the correct level is one of the ongoing challenges of pool ownership. While it may not be terribly difficult to do this, maintaining clean water does require vigilance and regular maintenance. Believe it or not, solar swimming pool covers can help you with this task.

According to the US Department of Energy, solar swimming pool covers can actually help you conserve water. Pool covers can reduce water lost through evaporation by 30%-50%, meaning you'll need less water to refill your pool.

A solar pool cover can also help you keep your water clean and clear with fewer chemicals. When you cover your pool, you'll naturally have less dirt and debris in the water, and because less water evaporating, the US DOE says you can also reduce chemical consumption by 35 -60%.

Pool owners who live in dry or cooler climates will see the greatest savings because that's where heat and water loss resulting from evaporation has the most impact.

But whether you live in Palm Desert or Orlando, a solar swimming pool cover can keep your water cleaner, decrease the need for water and chemicals and extend your swimming season by keeping your pool warmer.

Solar swimming pool covers are available for both inground and above-ground pools and are inexpensive (starting as low as about $25 for small, above-ground pools) and easy to use (just pull the cover off the pool when you want to swim, and put it back on when you're done). It's the best investment I've made for my pool!

Do You Have a Solar Swimming Pool Cover on Your Pool?

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    • lisa42 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento

      KoffeeKlatch, I agree - they're worth every penny.

      WillStarr, thanks for visiting.

    • WillStarr profile image


      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool (warm?) idea!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      We use a solar pool cover and love it. They are worth every penny.


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