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Thread: Thinking about a Solar Cover

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    Knoxville, TN

    Thinking about a Solar Cover

    I live in East Tennessee and we have had some pretty war days already, supposed to get up to 68 today. I was thinking about getting a solar cover for my pool but is it really worth it? Will it actually help warm the water?

    Also I don't really want to take up space on my pool deck with a reel, how hard would it be to manage without one?

    It would be nice if I could do something to help get the water warmed up...
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    Re: Thinking about a Solar Cover

    Consistent use of a solar cover should get you a roughly 5 degree temperature gain.

    A reel is certainly nice to have, but hardly required. If you have enough room on the deck you can just pile the cover up there, or build a framework to pile it onto. Some people even stuff theirs into a bin (though I don't really recommend that).
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    Re: Thinking about a Solar Cover

    In my experience, they are great at adding a little heat like Jason said, but the big benefit is keeping heat in at night and on windy days. They really help here a lot.

    Real or not, they are a huge pain in the neck to me. My pool is about 19X37 and that's a lot of heavy plastic to deal with.
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