Pool covers are becoming increasingly popular among commercial pool as well as home pool owners. This holds true for both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Pool covers offer a lot of benefits for any pool owner, some of which even translates to tangible quantifiable values. Indeed, a pool cover is one must-have swimming pool product that any pool owner should possess.
There have been many reported drowning incidents of children and even pets due to unguarded swimming pools. Having a pool cover over your unattended swimming pool is highly effective to prevent accidents like these from happening. The pool cover is a veritable safety device. It acts as a horizontal fence on your swimming pool, sealing it off from accidental access by your young children, your pets, as well as uninvited visitors. Though there is still no substitute from proper supervision, a pool cover may somehow do this on your behalf when you are not around. Pool covers can save your life, and the life of the people you care about.
Aside from investing in safety, getting a pool cover for your pool,as a matter of fact, saves you money. How? A pool cover can save you up to 70% on operating costs by reducing your swimming pool’s need for extra heating equipment, make-up water, water treatment chemicals, and cleaning and maintenance costs. In the long run, your pool cover will pay for itself.
According to studies, swimming pools not protected by a pool cover can lose as much as 30% of their heat each day and more than 10,000 liters of water, including chemicals used to treat the water, all because of the natural process of evaporation.
Evaporation, among many other factors, is mainly responsible for the heat loss in pool water. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to evaporate water, subsequently taking a lot of heat out of your pool water as well. With the use of a pool cover, heat loss is reduced by blocking evaporation and locking the heat in. Naturally, there will be a significant reduction in your swimming pool heating costs as your water thermostat may cut the heat supply from the boiler during the use of the pool cover. Also, locking more of the heat in with your pool cover somehow extends your swimming season. Your pool remains warm and inviting for a much longer period of time.
A pool cover over your swimming pool also significantly reduces the amount of energy required to ventilate the pool room for indoor pools. There will be little need for ventilation and exhaust fans, allowing you to save more on air-heating cost.
You are not only saved from large energy bills, by blocking evaporation, you also save on make-up water by as much as 50%, and chemicals for treating water by as much as 60%. Loss of volatile chemicals like chlorine due to evaporation is also greatly reduced. Studies show that around 5,000 gallons of water is conserved, as well as chemicals used to treat it annually if swimming pool owners will just use pool covers.
For indoor pools, fewer corrosive sanitation chemicals released into the air because of suppressed evaporation results to reduced moisture damage and acidic corrosion on your building structure. This also includes fixtures such as metal hinges, door and window frames, speakers, and others.
Pool covers also cut your cleaning time and reduce swimming pool equipment maintenance cost. Pool covers keep off leaves, debris and dirt out of your swimming pool water. Leaving your pool water crystal clear for the longest time. A pool cover can also protect swimming pools from harsh winter elements. With a pool cover over your swimming pool the heat of the pool water is kept well in and with the pool cover also keeping the dirt out, your pool equipment lasts longer because it actually works less.
Outdoor and indoor pool owners will benefit from a pool cover. Primarily, it can save lives as a safety device. And the monetary rewards and benefits are just an added bonus. Pool owners no longer need to fret on how to maximize their pool usage and keep it at its ace condition. The key is simply to use a pool cover that best suits your swimming pool and your swimming needs.