Since I live where almost never gets below the upper 20's and even when it does dip below freezing some nights it gets above freezing fairly quickly once the sun is up, I am not going to fully close the pool. I am just going to run the pump on the cooler nights so the water doesn't freeze in the pump, filter, or hoses. I am concerned, however, about not having the pool covered at all, just because of the dust and plant junk factor. Right now I just have the solar cover on it. I have a couple of questions:
1. Could I just go with the solar cover all winter?
2. If I do get a winter cover, could I put it on without lowering the water level, and would I be able to run my pump with it on?