To retain the heat in the swimming pool and prevent water evaporation, a heat retention cover should be high on the priority list.
The main form of natural heating is by direct sunshine onto the pool. Cooling is through evaporation which occurs during the daytime as well as the night. The solar pool cover is designed to still let the sun through, but eliminates cooling through evaporation and convection by eliminating air-to-water contact.
To get the most out of your Pool Heating System, leave the solar heating protection cover on at all times except whilst you are swimming or shock treated your pool. It prevents water evaporation and saves you from filling up more regularly and you're saving water at the same time.
To ensure that you get the maximum life from your pool cover, it must be properly cared for. Here are three important tips to ensure your cover does not age prematurely:
- When the Cover is removed from the pool, never leave it in direct sunlight. Cover it with the solar protection sheet provided or leave it in the shade.
- Always ensure your pool chemistry is added correctly. Never let the chlorine, the pH OR the total alkalinity vary from the values recommended by companies such as HTH or Swimline.
- When you shock treat your pool, leave the cover off for at least 24hrs or until your chlorine is back to acceptable levels.
Take note that the heat retention cover is not a safety cover as it only lies on top of the surface preventing water from evaporating.
Roll Up Station
A Roll Up station for larger pools will ease the opening and closing of the cover. Smaller pool covers need not have a roll up station as it is very easy to roll up. Be aware that the heat retention cover cannot be walked over as it simply lies on top of the surface and is therefore only to prevent water evaporation.