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    Solar blankets vs. liquid/tablet solar cover

    Hi TFPers,
    This will be my second go around w/ a solar blanket. I ordered my 8 mil and it is in-shipment now. 1st go around, I got 2 seasons out of it. It did the job (i.e. prevent heat loss, protect from evaporation). After I ordered, I browsed around another site (INYO Pools) and I saw they had some alternative products I did not know about to work in lieu of a cover. Natural Chemistry Cover Free liquid and also a Solar Pill. Do either of those work, or more so work as well as a solar blanket? Also, wouldn't you have to be worried about the safety of such products as far as if the water if ingested, etc.? I can't even imagine what type of synthetic chemicals they are composed of which are now going in the water and exposing my 4 yr olds to.
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    Re: Solar blankets vs. liquid/tablet solar cover

    They are all basically the same, liquid, pills, fish, etc. They do work in perfect laboratory conditions. But, not not so much on your pool in your backyard. It works by putting a one molecule thick layer of alcohol on the pool to reduce evaporation. The problem is that even the slightest breeze will blow it all to one side. It is safe for your rug rats though.
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    Re: Solar blankets vs. liquid/tablet solar cover

    None of them are anywhere near the effectiveness of a 8 mil solar blanket in the real world.
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    Re: Solar blankets vs. liquid/tablet solar cover

    Tx for the replies. I figured out of the "lab," the solar blanket would be the best idea.
    19k gal IG plaster, built '70s, probably resurfaced in '80s-'90s; Blue Haven Hayward filter C4520BHMB (Filbur FC-1275 cartridges); Hayward MaxFlo sp2302 VSP 1.5hp; 6 solar panels 288. sq. ft. total (142"x47.5" ea.) on 1 story hm; Pentair Compool LX220 Solar Controller; FlowVis flow meter; Maytronics Dolphin S200; AG 300 gal AquaTerra spa; TF-100 & Speedstir; gone: Pentair Challenger 3/4 HP 1 speed; Polaris 280

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