As we’ve discussed extensively on this site, and in AHP HEAT PUMP, in particular, the main goal of a pool cover is to reduce evaporation. However, a cover has the added benefit of acting as a barrier to debris and increasing the temperature of the pool from solar radiation,
Usually, we talk about temperature gains as the main feature of a pool cover to keep your pool cool and about increasing the pool water temperature to achieve a comfortable swimming temperature. However, pool temperatures can quickly rise above a comfortable swimming temperature in warmer climates. This makes pool heating an undesirable feature of a cover.
This is where POOL COVER comes into play. The goal of this unique material is to keep the water in areas with hotter climates at a more comfortable, cooler temperature – closer to nighttime temperatures.
Traditional methods to keep your pool cool
When water evaporates from a swimming pool, the remaining water is cooled through evaporative cooling. Fountains are often used to drive this process. However, this process consumes a lot of energy and produces a high percentage of wasted water for the environment.
Heat pumps or chillers are popular alternatives for cooling swimming pool water in hotter climates. We’ve even heard stories of vast blocks of ice being placed in swimming pools to cool them – according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, it would take about 4′ It takes 000 kg of ice to lower the water temperature of a 20,000-gallon swimming pool by 10 degrees.
Swimming Pool Covers used alone or in conjunction with a cooling unit means a drastic reduction or elimination of the energy output required.
For example, our customers in Dubai and other parts of the UAE found that no cooling system was required with their Pool Cover. In a climate with a temperature of 44°C, a pool cover prevented the water in the pool from exceeding 33°C. This maintained a comfortable temperature in the pool. So it wasn’t even necessary to turn on the cooling system. This saves a significant amount of energy and money.
How does pool cover work?
How pool cover works can best be described as providing shade for your pool. Pool cover reflects large parts of the sun’s energy and thus reduces solar radiation during use. This makes an excellent temperature controller, and it can work in two ways:
- Like all covers, it prevents evaporation, and the air-filled bubble structure provides an insulating effect that helps maintain a pool’s temperature while minimizing energy loss.
- The cover’s reflective top layer reduces the sun’s ability to heat the pool and minimizes temperature increases.
The pool cover is the ideal solution to minimize resource consumption while providing a comfortable and cost-effective bathing experience. Pool Cover provides this service by reflecting the sun’s energy away from the pool during the day and insulating the pool at night, keeping the pool at a refreshing temperature.
The temperature-regulating properties of the pool cover material prevent temperature spikes, whether in terms of loss or gain.
An uncovered swimming pool has significant differences between temperature gains and losses. Covering your pool with a cover keeps the temperature stable and refreshing. It provides a comfortable swimming environment while conserving energy and water.
How do you get the most out of your cover?
Last month we talked about how to get the most out of your pool cover. While these hints and tips still apply to your cover, due to this material’s unique composition and objectives, there are still a few other considerations to keep in mind.
Where do you start if you want to lower the temperature of your swimming pool?
- Cover your pool with your pool cover during the day.
- Remove the cover overnight to lower the pool temperature through radiant heat and conductive heat loss.
- Put the cover back on the pool in the morning to avoid sun exposure.
- Repeat this process (steps 1 to 3) for a week or until you are happy with the pool temperature (for many pools, this only takes two days).
- It is best practice to cover the pool water surface at all times except when the pool is in use
- Enjoy a pleasant swimming temperature without losing water or energy