If you are looking to save money on your energy bill by reducing the amount of time it takes for your pool to heat up, then installing a pool solar cover is one of the easiest ways to do this. A solar pool cover absorbs the sun’s rays and heats not only the water in your swimming pool but also extends into your surrounding decking areas, making the entire area warmer which speeds up healing times.
You can buy pre-cut covers or custom-made ones depending on how much you want to invest in order to get the most benefit. Custom fitted covers offer a tight fit so there is less space for heat loss when compared with a cut-to-fit option, however, a custom-fitted option will cost more than a standard-sized cover.
A solar pool cover can be easily installed by anyone without the assistance of a professional. Here are some simple instructions for installing your new solar pool cover:
Materials Need To Install A Solar Pool Cover
Step by Step Process on how to install a solar pool cover
Step 1: Preparing the Pool Area
To prepare the pool cover for use, you will need to remove any equipment that may be near or under your pool. Any hoses or wires should be moved away from the area where you are putting your solar cover so they don’t get tangled up. You can also lay down a tarp so that grass and debris do not collect inside the cover before installation is complete.
Step 2: Lay Out Your Solar Cover
Once everything has been removed from under and around your pool, it’s time to start laying out your solar cover. Make sure to keep it as tight as possible by rolling up the side with suns first. Be when working with an oversized item, always have the shiny or smooth side of the product face outwards.
Step 3: Attach the Solar Cover To The Pool
You can attach your new solar cover to your pool with a variety of different options, all depending on what’s available and convenient for you. You can use a water hose, fishing line, or even two ladders to secure it properly. If using a hose, route it through a grommet towards one corner and tie it off so that it is as tight as possible. For best results (like eliminating air bubbles), make sure to work from the top down. Tie any loose ends until there are no more gaps where heat can escape through.
You should not swim underneath an unsecured solar cover because it can shift and fall into the pool.
Step 4: Test Your Handiwork
Once the cover is in place, check to see if it has been properly attached and there are no gaps between the cover and your pool or decking areas. If you did not use a water hose or other liquid supplies to tie down the solar cover, make sure to check for any rips or tears before using. When you’re satisfied with your work, disconnect and remove the hose that was used to secure it in place then get ready for warmer waters!
Note: You should not swim underneath unsecured solar cover because it can shift and fall into the pool. The friction of movement on the surface of a swimming pool will cause wear and tear on the cover, so make sure it is properly secured before each use.
Can you run a pool pump with a solar cover on it?
Yes, you can run a pool pump with a solar cover on it. A solar pool cover is designed to trap heat in your swimming pool. When you put a solar cover on, there will be less air to transfer the heat from the sun’s rays to the water. In order for a pump to work properly, it needs air and not water.
You can run a pump with a solar cover on it as long as there is still room for air to circulate underneath the cover. If you can’t feel any air coming up from under your solar pool covering it might be time to check your skimmer basket if all else fails shut down your pump until there is sufficient space underneath your solar cover for air circulation.
What’s the best way to keep a pool solar cover from blowing off?
There are many ways you can keep your solar cover from blowing off. The easiest way is to stake it down with plastic stakes that are designed for the pool cover industry. Another choice is to use a water hose which you can route through grommets around the perimeter of your pool then secure it tightly, making sure that no bubbles are trapped underneath the cover. If you choose this option make sure there are several areas where you attach the hose so there isn’t too much strain on one area.
Your last option is probably the most time-consuming but also very effective; using two ladders or bars at each end of your pool – place them under the cover near the skimmer and pump basket attachment points then tie them together with rope or heavy string. When all else fails, you can shut your pump down until there is sufficient room underneath the solar cover to allow air movement.
Can I use a solar cover during the winter?
A solar cover can be used during the winter but it’s best if you remove it and put it away until spring returns. Before removing a solar pool covering make sure to detach it from the equipment on your pool such as skimmer baskets, ladders, etc… Be sure to fold the cover neatly and store it in a dry area that is out of direct sunlight.
In conclusion, solar pool covers are a great way to save money on your heating costs and enjoy swimming in the summer sun. Solar pool cover installation is easy with these step-by-step instructions! We hope this blog post was helpful and that you can now install your solar pool cover in a quick and easy manner. You’ll get up and running in no time!