I live in the southern california desert, with a very hot, dry climate.
I have been looking at buying a "bubble wrap" style pool cover. What's holding me back so far is the initial and ongoing cost (replacement every 1-2 yrs from what I've read) and the hassle of taking it off and on.
One consideration that may sway me towards buying one is the savings from reducing water evaporation, and reducing pool chemicals. I use a chlorine floater and clorox in conjunction, and it works pretty well. In the summer I need to add clorox every 2-3 days on average. A slow leak and splash out seems to keep CYA in check.
-Are there any rough estimates on how much a cover will reduce need for chemicals? For water? We are on tiered water rates here and it is a precious commodity.
-I would probably need to ditch the floater and stick to liquid clorox if I use the cover. Is it reasonable to expect I will only need to add clorox once or twice per week?
Thanks for any replies.