When I was growing up we had a swimming pool and bought a solar cover (this was around 1980). We didn't have any sort of a roller so we had to manually pull it off and fold it up at one end of the pool - this took up around 4-5 feet of deck space.
Five years ago I moved to a new house and had a pool put in. We didn't get a solar cover and I am now wondering whether it is worth getting one. I don't have a ton of deck space so I am not sure where it would be stored. Obviously having a solar cover will reduce heating costs but is it worth the hassle and cost, assuming that I put in an automated roller system. The other system is that my pool is somewhat irregularly shaped and looks like this:Here is what I see as the pros and cons:Code:________ ____/ | | | | _____| |_____/
Save money on heating
Less water and chlorine evaporation (chlorine doesn't really matter since I have an SWG)
Prevents debris from getting in pool
Upfront capital cost
Takes up deck space
Hassle of putting it on/off before/after using the pool
Interferes with Kreepy Krawly?
Do I have this right? What is the opinion on everyone here on whether it is worth it or not?
FYI - I live in Toronto, ON and the pool is generally open from mid/late May to late Sep and I generally keep the heater at about 85F. At the beginning/end of the season I often only heat the pool for the weekend. My heater is NatGas.