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    Solar covers??

    Not sure if I'm in the right thread, if not, I apologize. I recently purchased an 8mil 21' round solar cover and am trying to figure out the most efficient way to get the best results. Ive read where if you turn your pump off during the day that makes the pool water warmer faster. Does anyone have any better suggestions or successes than this particular way? The cover does not move while my pump/filter are running, which is a problem ive read with other covers. Sorry for the long post. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    PS - i live in west virginia and my pool temp is about 58 right now. Just trying to get it to 68-72 range. Thanks again.
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    Re: Solar covers??

    Ive read where if you turn your pump off during the day that makes the pool water warmer faster.
    It makes the surface water warmer than the deeper water but without the pump running, but would also lose heat faster so it is more efficient (higher net heat transfer) to have the pump running so that the water gets mixed up and the hottest water is no longer on the pool's surface and less heat is lost.
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    Re: Solar covers??

    I run my pump during the hottest part of the day... 10 am to 5 pm with cover on
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    Re: Solar covers??

    +1 pump running during the day, off at night.
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    Re: Solar covers??

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    +1 pump running during the day, off at night.
    Perfect! Thanks for the information fellas!
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