Greetings Honorable Pool Gods!
I come seeking your advice. Our pool heater died at the end of last season, and given it's age I'm not sure we should be investing more money in it. And so I'm hoping to pursue a post pool heater strategy which can boost our pool temp approximately 5 degrees, and save us money too (no more running pool heater). So far my strategy looks like this:
1) Trim trees to get more sun. My best guess for now is that this will get us 1-2 hours more of full sun on pool, which hopefully translates in to a degree or two.
2) Pool squares, ie. pool cover divided in to 6 X 6 squares for ease of use. I have an excellent pool thermometer now (sends temp data in to house via wifi!) and it reports our pool loses only a degree or two overnight. So, confused on whether a cover will accomplish much. Advice needed.
3) Wetsuits - We already have full wetsuits. I trimmed mine down to short pants and sleeves. Hoping to get something really nice for my wife, a heated vest perhaps? She's a Miami girl, hates cold water.
We're in north Florida. 18 X 36 in ground pool, with screen enclosure. Typical pool temp in summer around 80. If we can boost that 5 degrees I'll declare victory.
Any advice most welcome and appreciated, thanks!