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    Question about solar cover

    Split by moderator from HERE. Please create a new thread to ask your own questions and not pull up a 2 year old thread. Thanks, jblizzle

    Quote Originally Posted by jrh1010 View Post
    My main issue is prolonging my swimming season as long as I can. I was going to buy a solar cover and build a reel and all that, but then thought a solar panel would be just as cheap. Is there an advantage to one over the other in terms of heating? Pump run time is a non issue. Thanks.

    Hello friend bit old thread but can you provide some information about the solar blanket? I do need one for my pool so hope you will help me out..

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: Question about solar cover

    Welcome to TFP!

    The most common solar covers are the bubble-type covers and they vary in color from pale blue (almost clear) to darker blue. The more clear lets more light through for more heating during the day but also more chlorine usage from breakdown from sunlight (unless the cover blocks UV -- most don't). Some covers are thicker, but the standard covers usually last 2 years and the thicker ones 3 years so none last very long (usually).
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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