I'm still a little new here, so I apologize if this is covered somewhere else. I couldn't find a thread that hit my topic directly though.
I've just recently started heating my pool a bit to create that perfect swimming experience. I have been setting the target temp for the pool at 87 degrees. The issue I seem to be running into is a thermostat that is heavily influenced by the amount of sun on the pool equipment. Today I went out to my pool and looked at the in-pool thermometer, and it said 70 (I think it runs low but not super low. Not only that, the water was fairly chilly to the touch). My pool equipment read 110 air temp, while it was only 90 degrees out (I don't think this matters AT ALL, but I'm mentioning it to give you an idea of how exposed my equipment apparently is). The pool was reading at 88. So, that's an 18 degree delta between the in-pool thermometer and the thermostat. Of course, this means that the heater would not kick on.
Now, my solution was to turn the target temp up to 95 degrees just to get the thing started. Then I tapered it down to 90 once it started to heat up.
1) I'm not positive where the thermostat is, but it seems like it should be concealed enough to not skew the numbers like this. Is this a normal problem? Is my best solution just to build a cover for my equipment? (Another note: The afternoon shade has moved to that side of the house, and now all of the numbers look better). It just seems as though these systems should not be affected so heavily by direct sunlight.
2) I'm assuming there isn't anything wrong with my temporary solution of upping the target temp, but please let me know if there is.
Sorry if this question seems elementary. I'm truly a novice!