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SOLAR COVERS AND REEL SYSTEMS
For a variety of reasons, the single biggest energy
conservation move that you can make is to put a cover on
the pool or spa. First, the cover reduces the heating bills
by preventing heat loss. The cover can also reduce the
amount of dirt and grime that enters the pool, reducing the
amount of time it takes to remove them from the water
through filtration or vacuuming.
A solar cover goes one step further by collecting heat
from the sun, which lessens that reliance on fossil-fuel burning heaters. In addition, the cover
will save on the amount of chemicals and water that need to be added. Covers can also
reduce evaporation, which can waste both water and heat and increase the Total Dissolved
Solids levels in the water. Some estimates say that as much as 50 gallons a day can be lost
in an uncovered pool from evaporation; thatí»s more than 18,000 gallons of water wasted each
year.
Though solar pool covers are not a necessity, they are highly recommended in preserving
energy and making your pool more pleasant to swim in. Please note the following tips when
using your solar cover:
CAUTION: Solar covers can pose a drowning hazard to children or pets who may try to
walk across the cover. ALWAYS keep an eye on children around the pool and warn
them that the cover will NOT support them and that they should not try to play on or
around the pool. DO NOT swim with the cover on.
Covers should float on the surface of the water, bubble side down.
DO NOT remove your cover and lay it on the lawn. The intense
UV rays of the sun will burn-out the grass very quickly.
Leave your solar cover off after shocking your pool and during
treatment for visible algae or cloudy water. This will help promote
the circulation and water quality of the pool, as well as extend the
life of your solar cover.
When the solar cover has been removed and is reeled onto a solar reel, it should be
covered with the protective white plastic supplied with the cover, to protect the coiled
cover from gathering heat in the sun and possibly sticking together.
DO NOT leave your pool covered for 3 to 4 days or more without removing the cover
from time to time to promote circulation and reduce algae growth. This includes
vacation time; leave your cover OFF while away.
Solar reel systems are available for all styles of pools; above ground, inground and custom
shapes. This illustration below shows how a solar reel can be placed on various pool shapes.
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