No, you don’t need an expensive gas pool heater to keep your pool warm. All you need is the power of the sun, a solar blanket, and some effective tips on how to use it properly.
So without delay, let’s dive into the details.
There are three different types of solar blankets for pools.
First, there are solar blankets, which looks like the bubble wrap. These solar blankets or solar covers look like giant pieces of bubble wrap and they lay on top of the pool. Bubble side down helps to keep them floating.
If you are looking for something that will actually aid in the heating of the water, look for a very light blue, an opaque, cover or a clear cover. If you are able to get a clear cover with some silver on the bottom, it will help keep more heat in the pool that is attracted by your solar cover.
The second type is solar rings which are tiny solar covers that float on top of your pool. They are like little discs. You just throw them in and they work basically the same way, keeping the evaporation from happening and thus keeping the heat in the water.
The third type is liquid solar pool covers which form a thick layer on the pool and form a kind of solar blanket or cover that prevents evaporation and hence keeps it heated.
No matter which type of solar pool blanket you choose, all three of them as discussed above basically do the same thing – they don’t actually heat your pool up, but they keep the heat that naturally comes in from the sun in your pool.
How To Use The Solar Blankets For Pool So That It Actually Keeps The Heat In The Pool?
We all know that the Sun during the daytime will heat up your pool. Whether you have a solar pool cover on it or not, it will heat the water. At night, however, when the sun goes down, all the evaporation and heat loss happens. Yes, may sound weird but It all happens at night. So you should put a solar cover on your pool, at night.
If you are using solar rings, or liquid solar pool cover make sure the filter is not running because the water movement will break up the cover and allow heat to escape.
If you decide to use the bubble wrap solar pool blanket which you can lay over the entire surface of the water, it will help keep chemicals in your pool water as the sun will not be able to burn them off. It will also keep leaves and other debris out of your pool because you have a cover on your pool. So you can keep them on during the day and, if you know, you’re not going to be swimming in. But never forget to keep it on during the night because it is at night the loss of heat happens.
Now if you find it hard to use the solar blanket s[pecially to take on and off your pool, what you can do is actually cut it into smaller, more manageable pieces and have it fit together like a puzzle in your pool. Or you can invest in a solar reel which will allow you to just roll it up and then unroll it when you need it.
If you choose to use solar rings, while they might be easier to get off, the thing is that there will be gaps in the water from where it will be able to evaporate so they’re not as effective as a solar blanket.
If you use liquid solar pool covers, the biggest benefit is that you just add it to the pool and it works. But the disadvantage is that you cannot run your filter system at night which, some people like to do because it saves money by running the filter system at night. Other than that, a liquid solar cover works really great at night.
Hope this article, has given you enough information to make the right choice for the best solar pool cover that suits your requirement.