If you have or you consider designing a new swimming pool, you’ll consider having other kinds of add-ons like lighting, heating and self-cleaning systems. An important add-on that is worth considering is a pool cover. The pool cover has many advantages for you to use in all seasons. The benefits outlined below shall help you decide if it’s a necessary addition to your pool.
1. Water Conservation
Swimming pool covers assist in conserving water by reducing the rate of evaporation of water. Evaporation has a significant influence on water loss. This will also help prevent damage to the pump system if it is not controlled. The higher the pool temperature and wind speed, and the lower the humidity, the higher the evaporation rate.
2. Reduction of the pool’s chemical consumption
Many pools need chlorine for its preservation and use. However, chlorine is usually degraded by UV light from the sun. A pool cover will help by reducing the amount of UV coming in contact with the water. As a result, you won’t be required to add as much chlorine, which can save you time to refill and money purchasing the chemicals. For those considering a saltwater pool, this will mean the chlorinator system won’t use as much energy.
3. Easy maintenance
A pool cover will save time on maintenance by keeping dirt and debris out of the pool. Reduced amount of leaf litter will also keep the load off skimmer nets, filters, and pumps, thus maintaining them for longer. This also reduces the number of times you will need to hollow out the pool’s automatic cleaner and shall help save you both money and time.
4. Protect the shell of your pool
A pool cover prevents cracking of the shell of your pool, especially during the winter. A shell will also help reduce the risk of accidental drowning.
5. Reduced heating costs
If you enjoy a heated pool or have an indoor pool, a pool cover will help reduce energy costs. A pool cover preserves the water temperature of a pool even during the colder months. Since most of them retain and even increase the heat. A lot of energy costs will be saved. The use of a cover will also keep the existing heat in the pool, therefore, allowing you to run your heat pump for a shorter amount of time, thus saving energy and your money.
To conclude, the evaporation rate from a pool varies depending on the pool’s temperature, air temperature and humidity, and the wind speed at the pool surface. A high evaporation rate will be caused by a high pool temperature and low humidity. In windy areas, you can add a windbreak like trees and fences to reduce evaporation. You don’t want the windbreak to shade the pool from the sun, which increases the heat. Pool covers keep evaporation from both outdoor and indoor pools to a minimum. Covering a pool when not in use is the most practical means of reducing pool heating costs.