Okay, stupid question.
Our water temp has dropped from the 82-90 we enjoyed at the height of our first season.
(No chemical issues thanks to this site).
The fun seems to be over now, with the temps falling. We're at about 75-76 now.
That does not appeal to anyone at my house!
We have the auto cover and we keep it mostly closed to keep the winds from blowing stuff into the pool.
We don't expect to actually "close" the pool as we don't get cold weather typically, and it's always above 32 by 9am each morning.
So for the real question: what are the chances that a super good quality solar cover, floated on the surface with the auto cover open, will extend our use?
I guess I'm asking what kind of heat gains do folks get with their solar covers in the spring time?
Would putting the solar cover on top of the closed auto cover do anything?
Right now, daytime temps are 80-85 with drops to mid 60's or so at night.
Being in the Mojave Desert, we get plenty of sunlight.
These ranges seem to be what springtime openings might be like with the temps and sun times, hence the request for spring results.
A good bet or a fruitless waste of time?