I currently have a rectangular pool roughly 18,000 gallons, and 17'x26' (very rough measurement). I am looking at getting a solar blanket (not the solar panels) to help keep the water warmer, and maybe extend the swimming season, but I wanted to see if anyone had any advice. The one I'm looking at is: http://www.backyardcitypools.com/pool-c ... -NS415.htm. I'm located in Atlanta, GA so we have pretty warm temperatures and high humidity, but my pool doesn't get a ton of sun, it gets a fair amount, but it's surrounded on 3 sides by the house, and then it and the house are surrounded by woods. We also have a gas heater, but I didn't really want to spend the money to constantly heat the pool, so I thought maybe the solar blanket might help.
Do the blankets really help that much, and is there anything I should be aware of regarding the blankets and their use?
Thanks for any assistance.