Solar cover tips can help you keep your pool warm, clean and efficient. The “tips” part is important. You can’t just go out and snag a solar cover. Well, you can, but you’ll be flying blind. Which means you won’t get as much effect as you would if you knew exactly how to use it. We recently had to get another solar cover. Our last one fell apart in September and we needed a new one to replace it.
Thanks to the folks at Pool Supplies Canada, we have a great clean solar cover to keep our pool clean and warm. The following solar cover tips will help you get the most out of your solar cover season in and season out. You can check out the simple installation video I posted on my Inkscrblr Youtube channel.
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Solar Cover Tips to Maximize Effectiveness
Solar covers are designed to do two things: keep the pool clean and keep the pool warm. Both of those are super important to my family. My husband hates having to do extra pool work, and we all cringe at a cold pool. I like my pool to be nice and warm. So we almost always have a solar cover. In fact it was one of the first things we purchased for the pool 3 years ago, our first summer in the new home. Sadly, my first cover worked to heat the pool well, but it deteriorated fast.
I’m declaring this the year of the backyard pool because frankly this year the pool is in great shape after two years with some big maintenance and repairs. We are ready to swim and happy also to be saving money because the new cover works brilliantly.
In the spring we had to replace the roof of our home and also the pool heater. Last year we had the pool liner replaced. That meant it has been a brutally expensive season. Pools can be expensive, but they are worth it. So I started hunting for money saving options for pool supplies for the summer months. That’s how I found Pool Supplies Canada.
Pool Supplies Canada has some incredible prices and their service is excellent. My order was placed on a Monday afternoon and the delivery took place on Thursday. Two weekends ago, as some of my followers and friends know, we were at Sherkston Shores. We took the weekend away after installing the cover. My husband turned the pool heater off entirely and left just the new cover on. When I returned we made a point of checking the pool temperature immediately. It was 88 degrees Celsius after one weekend! Like swimming in a hot tub.
This year, Pool Supplies Canada has graciously agreed to help me keep my pool in order, and the first step for me was replacing our worn out solar cover with a nice new, CLEAR cover. I’ll cover why clear is great in a second. So without further ado, let’s look at some solar cover tips to maximize our solar cover ROI.
Clear Solar Covers are Best
In my opinion, clear solar covers are the best covers. You can buy covers in blue or clear ones. Clear covers allow the most light and heat to penetrate the deepest into the pool water to maximize the heating properties of the cover. I got a Premium Clear Sun Blanket for our pool. It’s super durable with a 14 mil thickness and features the best heating capacity of any blanket.
Reduce Cover Deterioration
Cover deterioration is a natural process which cannot be completely avoided, however, if you ensure that your pool chemicals are balanced properly, it can help prolong the life of your solar cover. Your warranty guide will advise you on how best to take care of your cover.
Size Up with Freeform Pools
Freeform pools come in all shapes. They have curves. In short, they’re not easily measured like a rectangular pool. When ordering a solar cover for a freeform pool, get it one size larger so it can be trimmed to fit.
Solar Cover Reel System
One huge point on the list of solar cover tips is getting a solar cover reel. They are key to ease of use. A reel allows for easy rolling and unrolling of the cover and reduces the amount of debris that can fall into the pool. Our reel is in dire need of replacement soon too. But one thing at a time.
Protect Your Cover from Super Chlorination
Super chlorination can contribute to the early retirement of your solar cover. Always keep your solar cover off of the pool for at least 24 hours after super chlorinating.
Solar Cover Tips for Long Lasting Protection
Solar covers don’t last forever. That’s just a fact. BUT these solar cover tips can help you ensure that your cover lasts as long as it possibly can. If you follow these tips and consult your solar cover professional, you should have a solar cover that lasts a good long time. And my last word is this. Talk with a solar cover professional at Pool Supplies Canada. So far, I’ve had a wonderful experience with them from start to finish.
I received product for purposes of this post. My opinion is all my own and it is also truthful.