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    Solar PLUS auto cover

    How many people have both? Is it helpful to have both to extend swimming season. I live in the SF Bay Area.

    Is an auto cover sufficient enough to keep temp warm.

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    Re: Solar PLUS auto cover

    Quote Originally Posted by jacklie View Post
    Is an auto cover sufficient enough to keep temp warm.
    I have a CoverStar auto-cover. From what I can tell, it has no thermal insulating properties what-so-ever. I've owned solar covers in the past and been impressed with their insulating properties. Don't expect that from an auto-cover unless it is stated to be a true thermal barrier. My auto-cover does do a good job of minimizing evaporation and keeping the pool relatively clean.
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    Re: Solar PLUS auto cover

    95% of what a solar cover does is prevent evaporation. An auto cover will be just as good at that as a solar cover, and way easier to put on and take off.
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    Re: Solar PLUS auto cover

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    95% of what a solar cover does is prevent evaporation. An auto cover will be just as good at that as a solar cover, and way easier to put on and take off.
    Agree, but I found that the overall effect of a solar cover was beneficial to extending the swimming season because it could contribute heating days even if you might not remember to open the auto cover, or went on vacation. Those would be days that a solar cover would be continuously gathering the sun's rays and contributing towards keeping the pool warm. The solar cover can also gather sun while also limiting evaporation, something an auto-cover can't do. I guess I'm saying there's a usage pattern dependancy.
    21K gal 16' x 40' in-ground pool built 1959, old school with Jacuzzi bronze pump, American Products 24" Sand Filter & Americana Multiport valve, Jandy Lite2 millivolt heater, Coverstar cover, and classic Kreepy Krauly.

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