How to Heat Up your Pool this Summer with Solar Covers

Posted on October 10, 2013 – 02:44 pm

If you have a pool with a heater, a heat pump or are just looking to keep your pool warmer, it may be time to consider a using a solar blanket. Especially if you live in the northern half of the country, a chilly pool even on a hot day can change your decision to take a dip. Cooler nights with radiational cooling and evaporation may be robbing your pool of heat. So what’s the solution to cold pool water? Can a solar blanket actually make your pool feel warmer and allow you to get more use out of your pool?

Yes, it can and it may be the solution that you are looking for!”

Solar blankets are made of heavy plastic, resemble bubble wrap packing and are sold usually in round, oval and rectangular shapes at your local pool store. They range in quality with higher grades made in heavier thicknesses (measured in mils). Thicker covers will last a bit longer than thinner ones, but do not necessarily retain more heat than thinner covers. Thicker covers can also be heavy and more difficult to handle when placing on and removing from the pool. Obviously the larger the pool the more difficult it will be to put on and remove the cover. For this reason it is well worth considering purchasing a solar reel to make putting on and taking off the cover easier to do.

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A solar reel is simply a long tube, usually made of aluminum that spans the width of the pool at its widest part (on rectangular pools it is placed at one end) and is equipped with a mechanism to crank up and wind the solar cover around itself. Without a solar reel it can be pretty difficult to move a solar cover on and off the water – it will require more than one person to move.


They do make bigger plastic pools

2011-03-26 17:20:44 by phrannie

Than the one you have in the pic. If you get a trough, you're going to have bury it some so the dog can get into it. They make hard plastic ones...50 gallon and 100 gallon...and they run $50 to $150. The 100 gallon one would probably be too deep.
I'd check for the large sized plastic pool like you have there at Walmart or's big enough for my dog lay down in, and he's 130 lbs.

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