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    solar cover question

    We have a solar cover that came with the pool and I am wondering if it really is doing any good or if we are better off just taking it off on sunny days. It is a medium blue color and has little air bubbles on one side that go against the water when it is on the pool. Do these really work better than sun alone? Seems to me that a good solar cover would be black, but I don't know much about pool stuff (yet). I don't know the brand or anything much about it.

    Thanks for any advice.

    27' AG round pool; vinyl liner; 1 HP pump; 40 GPM Tagleus sand filter

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    Jun 2007
    Logan IA

    Re: solar cover question

    Take the cover off on sunny days. Use the cover at night to retain the heat gained during the day. The cover works to retard evaporation at night. You lose heat through evaporation and warm water evaporates quicker at night.
    21' Leslies Beachland Ag Pool, 10,000 gallons, professionally installed (best money I ever spent) Hayward 16" sand filter w/Pentair two speed pump Fafco 4x20 solar heater,Aqua Trol RJ. Borates added. Hard plumbed.

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    Re: solar cover question

    Darn...the kids were right. Thanks for the reply!
    27' AG round pool; vinyl liner; 1 HP pump; 40 GPM Tagleus sand filter

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    Mar 2008
    Central VA

    Re: solar cover question

    Hey Erin,
    Bubble side down (not sure why, but that was reiterated to me several times when I got my cover). You can search 'solar cover' and see some threads when we discussed these, but you can get a spool OR you can cut your cover (mine's in 3 pieces, plus one for the steps) to make it easier to move on/off. One post earlier shows some good ideas for rigging a cover for easy on/off.
    Definitely want to cover the pool on cool evenings, and remove during the day so the sun can work its' sanitizing magic. I left mine on for several days at a time earlier this season to get the water up to temp., but too long may cause issues with cloudiness, etc.
    But dollar-for-dollar, it's one of the best pieces of 'equipment' you can get, IMO. It saves my heater alot of run time in early or late that it's 80s & 90s, it's in the basement until mid-late August, I hope.
    Pool: 16x36, 16,800 gal., vinyl, sand filter, SWG & AquaCal Heat Pump
    Spa: Hot Springs Sovereign, 355 gal., ozone/ion
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