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Recommended Care for your Solar Pool Cover

cleaning pool coverAn above ground or in ground solar blanket will be highly efficient for many years if cared for properly. To keep your solar cover functioning at its full capacity, and to enjoy its ongoing cost saving benefits, a proper cleaning of your solar cover should be performed when opening and closing your pool for the season, and 2-3 times throughout the summer months.

Having a pool in Canada means preparing your pool cover for the changing seasons. It is highly recommended to remove a solar cover and wash it before the season, as the bubbles are meant to capture the sun’s rays and store energy. Dirty solar covers will prevent the sun’s rays from getting to all depths of the water. When closing the pool due to colder temperatures, it is very important to remove the solar blanket. A blast of cold Canadian weather could impact the bubble’s ability to capture the sun’s rays.

Cleaning a pool cover is simple and effective. There is no need for chemicals or other cleaning solutions- a garden hose is all you will need.

  1. Remove the solar cover and thoroughly spray it with a garden hose as it lay on a flat surface.
  2. Allow it to air dry.
  3. Once the solar cover is ready to be stored, sprinkling some baby powder prior to folding is a good way to prevent the cover from "sticking" once its been folded.

Remember to keep your solar cover stored in a sealed container to prevent rodents and pests from accessing it.

Regular cleaning of your solar cover will allow your family to save money on heating your pool. A clean solar cover is more effective than a dirty one because it will allow more of the sun’s rays to pass through the solar cover to heat your pool water, no matter how deep.

How To Make Your Pool More Eco-Friendly

eco-friendly pool coversWhile pools use a great deal of water and energy, there are a number of strategies you can use to reduce their impact on the environment. As an added bonus, these tips will also reduce your water and electricity costs, saving you money! BC Hydro estimates that your swimming pool can be responsible for up to 60% of your summer utility bills. It’s time to get that number down!

Having a floating swimming pool cover is a huge step toward improving the efficiency of your pool. Covers help minimize water and energy use, by stopping evaporation and reducing heating costs. Rather than paying to heat your pool, solar pool covers are a great way to take advantage of the renewable energy of the sun.

It’s important to remember that the filter in your pool also uses energy, so everything you can do to reduce the amount of work it has to do will help to lower your energy consumption. Pool covers are great in this aspect, as they help stop debris from getting into the pool in the first place. Installing a fence around your pool can also be helpful, as this will help reduce the amount of debris that gets blown into your pool. Fences can also slow down the amount of evaporation caused by the wind, which saves water and energy.

Your pool pump is another big energy culprit. If yours is old, it may be time to upgrade to a new, energy efficient model. Running your pump less is another way to save energy, although it is important to ensure that water is circulated enough to prevent the growth of bacteria. We recommend contacting the company who provided your pump should you have any questions regarding pump use or efficiency.

Consider investigating environmentally-friendly pool cleaning systems. Saltwater pools greatly reduce chemical use by relying on the electrolysis of salt to create chlorine. Oxidization systems use ozone to clean the water, while some systems even use sound waves to kill bacteria. Investigate the many options that exist, and consider if one of these environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional chemical systems may be a good fit for your pool. In the mean time, a pool cover can help reduce the amount of chemicals you use by reducing evaporation.

There are also some common-sense tips that you can easily follow to save energy and water. These seem simple, but they can add up to big-time savings. Consider turning the temperature of your pool down a few degrees. This is particularly easy to do if you are out of town, or if there is a period in which the pool is not in use. A few degrees may be barely noticeable, and it can make a major difference in terms of energy use. Avoid needlessly wasting water by encouraging kids (and adults) not to splash water out of the pool.

Pools don’t have to be hard on the environment, or on your wallet. With a bit of research and the motivation to make a few small changes, you can not only enjoy your pool, but you can do it without as much damage to the environment, and without going broke!

Solar Heating Your Pool

solar heating poolThere’s nothing worse than a pool that is too cold to use.  So wouldn’t it be great if you could easily heat your pool without having to worry about increasing your energy bill?

Solar pools have many benefits, including low to no energy costs, use clean energy from the sun, and extend the use of your pool into the cooler months.

Both pool covering systems floating atop the water and separate solar thermal collectors may be used for pool heating.

It is relatively easy to integrate a solar collector into most pools existing pump system,  the main difference being that instead of your filter pumping water directly into the pool it goes through a solar energy collector first, where the sun heats the water before being pumped back into the pool.

A simple rule-of-thumb is that the required collection area needed is 50% of the pool's surface area. Most solar collectors are used for extending your swimming season into spring and autumn, however if you wish to extend this even further into the colder winter months you will need to increase your collectors surface area to equal the entire surface area of the pool.

Solar collectors can be mounted on your roof, or anywhere near the pool that provides proper exposure, orientation and tilt towards the suns energy giving rays.  In locations where a proper tilt cannot be achieved (for example if you have a flat/low tilting roof) it may be necessary to increase the collector area to achieve the desired heating result.

One benefit of having a roof solar collecting system installed is that it has the added benefit of cooling your house. This is because the solar heat from the building is put into the pool water instead, and as heat builds up in the attic it is transferred into the pool.

checking pool temperaturesYour collector should require little maintenance if your pool’s chemical balance and filtering system are checked regularly.

A pool cover offers an effective way to keep heat in the pool. Almost all heat loss in a pool occurs from the pools surface, especially during the night when there is no solar heat to be gained.  A bubble cover (sometimes called a solar cover) offers two benefits; it both maintains heat and creates heat through solar sources.

Pool covering system can act as solar collector and provide pool heating benefits which, depending on your climate, can either supplement the solar thermal collectors discussed above or make them unnecessary.

Now you have a basic idea of what’s involved in solar heating your swimming pool, get in touch with our pool specialists who will work with you to find the most suited solar heating solution for your pool.

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