Solar Pool Covers: Frequently Asked Questions

Written By: Orgil Ligro
Date Published: July 27, 2022

If you're considering investing in a solar pool cover, you're likely wondering about the benefits and how they work. In this blog post, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about solar pool covers.

How fast does a solar cover heat a pool?

Solar pool covers work by trapping the sun's heat and transferring it to the water beneath. The amount of heat that is transferred depends on a few factors, including the type of solar cover you have, the size of your pool, and the weather conditions. In general, however, you can expect a solar cover to increase the temperature of your pool by about 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit within 4-6 hours.

How much can a solar cover heat a pool?

A solar cover can heat a pool by more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit if the right conditions meet. In most cases, however, you can expect a solar cover to increase the temperature of your pool by about 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit on a sunny day.

If the weather conditions are not ideal, then it can be anything between 1-5 degrees if it's more or less cloudy with minimal sunlight.

The hotter the overall climate, the less of a difference solar covers will make, but you should still get one to prevent rapid pool water evaporation.

Should pool cover bubbles go up or down

The bubbles should be facing down! You want the trapped heat inside the bubble to transfer onto the pool water.

There is more surface area in a dome shape than in a flat surface, thus you will get better heat transfer with the bubble side facing down.

Should I put a solar cover on my pool every night?

That depends on your climate and how often you use your pool. If you live in an area with warm weather year-round with stable day and night temperatures, then you probably won't need to put the cover on every night. However, if you live in an area with a cooler climate where there is a big difference in night and day temperature, then you will want to put the cover on every night to prevent the water from losing too much heat.

Are solar pool covers dangerous or are they safe?

Solar pool covers are safe to use. They are made of durable material that is resistant to tearing and puncturing. The material is also UV stabilized to prevent fading and deterioration from the sun's rays. Solar pool covers do not emit any chemicals or fumes.

However, pets, animals, and toddlers may mistakenly fall into the pool assuming the solar pool cover is dry land. There is also the hazard of getting tangled up, so if you want to minimize all risks, make sure to get a blue solar pool cover and don't let kids and pets roam around the backyard without supervision.

Are solar pool covers recyclable?

Yes, solar pool covers are 100% recyclable. After you're done using it, you can simply take it to your local recycling center. The material is made of polyethylene, which is a type of plastic that can be melted down and reformed into new products.

Do solar covers reduce evaporation?

Yes, solar pool covers can reduce evaporation by up to 95%. This is because the cover creates a barrier between the water and the air. Solar covers prevent direct heat from the sun and UV rays, which further reduces evaporation.

Do solar covers work on cloudy days?

Solar pool covers work on cloudy days, but they are not as effective as on sunny days. This is because the clouds block some of the sun's rays from reaching the cover. However, solar pool covers will still trap heat and transfer it to the water beneath, so you will see a difference in temperature, just not as much as on a sunny day.

The main purpose of a pool cover is to retain pool water heat and prevent evaporation. So even on cloudy days, your pool water will be warmer during the night when you have a solar cover on.

Article written by Orgil Ligro