I must be getting old - cold water is just not as bearable to me as it used to be!! I don't need to heat to "HOT", but would love to take the chill off a bit quicker!
Since we live in the country (so have to use pricey LP), and have a large pool, I don't think a heater would be justified - although if you have a recommendation that you think would be worthwhile, please, by all means, suggest away!
We have used solar sun rings before, but didn't even break them out last year. The dead bugs get trapped between the sun rings and get kind of "Greasy", ick. They do help with the water temp slightly, though, and are easy to remove, which is a huge plus.
I am wondering, though, if we get a solar cover, how we will manage the "on and off" of it. My pool is aboveground 21'x41'. The deck is along one of the long sides, and wraps halfway around the short ends. It is only about 3' wide at those ends, though. I can't wrap my head around how we will use a reel - where does it sit? What one do I have to get to be able to handle that large of a solar cover? Would it be better to cut the solar cover in half, so we can just take off part of it if we are just getting in for a dip (so only using half the pool)?
Do any of you have some thoughts or suggestions?