3 INEXPENSIVE WAYS TO EXTEND YOUR POOL SEASON

We've talked before about the top 2 best ways guaranteed to extend your pool season with a gas heater or a heat pump. But if your not ready to shell out that kind of cash there are other ways that you can extend your pool season. The best part is you don't have to break the bank.

1/ Solar Covers

Solar covers a.k.a solar blankets are an excellent option for pool owners because there is no additional cost after purchase. Without any type of pool cover, your swimming pool loses most of its heat throughout the course of the day and night. But did you know that a solar cover can reduce your pool's heat loss by 75%?!  Here's how they work. Resembling bubblewrap, but typically made from polymer or resin, they are constructed with air pockets. The air pockets act as an insulating layer which prevents heat loss, reduces evaporation, all while absorbing heat from sunlight and transferring that heat to your pool water. 

Advantages of Solar Covers

  • Increases the water temperature up to 15 degrees

  • Save on water & chemical costs by reducing evaporation

  • Can be trimmed to fit water surface near perfect on most pools

Disadvantages of Solar Covers

  • On cloudy days, without sunlight, it will not warm the water

  • Can be a hassle to put on and take off the pool

  • If your pool has an odd shape, you may need to have one custom made

Many people have found that a solar reel makes owning a solar cover much more convenient, and allows it to be an easy one-person job.

2/ Solar Rings

If a solar cover sounds like more than you want to deal with, solar rings are a great alternative. Solar rings work pretty much the same way as solar covers, but on a much smaller scale. They are usually about 60 inches in diameter, inflatable, and have magnets that help weigh them down and connect. 

Advantages of Solar Rings

  • Portable design makes them easy to use, clean, and store

  • Increase water temperature

  • Save on water & chemical costs by reducing evaporation

Disadvantages of Solar Rings

  • On cloudy days, without sunlight, it will not warm the water

  • Depending on how many rings you need, it can get expensive if you have a large pool

  • Less efficient than a solar cover

3/ Liquid Solar Blanket

A liquid solar blanket is just what it sounds like. It's a chemical additive that when added to your pool, it creates an invisible layer on the surface of the water and retains the heat it absorbs from the sun. It's made to be dispersed in the water a little at a time and designed to heat the water about 6 degrees and prevent evaporation. 

Advantages of Liquid Solar Blanket

  • Most convenient of the three solar options

  • Helps prevent heat loss

  • Save on water & chemical costs by reducing evaporation

Disadvantages of Liquid Solar Blanket

  • Least effective of the three at increasing water temperature

  • Least effective of the three at preventing heat loss

  • On cloudy days, without sunlight, it will not warm the water

When it comes to extending your swim season, there are options for every budget. Solar covers, solar rings, and liquid solar blankets are great options to help you extend your swim season. Not only that but all three options will help with evaporation and will help to reduce chemical costs.

/ HAPPY SWIMMING /