I have a 16 x 32 IG vinyl pool with the aqua genie skimmer (no main drain), step returns, and 1hp sand filter. I am located in N. Mississippi, about 15 miles south of Memphis, TN. I was thinking because the winters aren't all that harsh, I maybe don't need to close the pool. Pool was just put in this spring, so this is my first winter. Just wondering if there was anyone from this region that could give me their opinion and/or experiences on whether to close or not to close.
I was planning on simply buying a mesh cover just to keep the leaves out, and running the pump in recirculate mode whenever temps are expected to drop below 32. Is there anything else I would have to do, if I decide not to close/winterize.