For those with an auto cover.

Bski224

Well-known member
Jan 18, 2016
88
Long island NY
Hey guys, is a heater necessary with an auto cover?? I live in Long Island NY, I'm about to go forward with my pool builder just curious if I can save a few grand and skip the heater if go auto cover??
 

MarianParoo

Well-known member
Aug 16, 2014
4,615
Northern IL
It depends on your goals. I have both a heater and an auto-cover. The auto-cover won't really extend your swim season, but it will help retain heat overnight.
 

YippeeSkippy

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
11,522
Evans, Georgia
My pool warms up faster when the auto-cover is opened during the day to catch the sun's rays. Closing it at night helps preserve the temp a bit, as the nighttime air temp isn't blowing across the water.
 

FourMoons43

New member
Jun 28, 2016
3
Huntington N Y
Thanks to listening to my salesman at Swim King Pools Rocky Point N Y, i invested the money for both heat pump and auto cover. They have extend m swimming with my grand sons in 80 degrees from April thru October. We closed last year on October 20 opened this year on April 14. I am grateful I did them both. Pool water remains clean and warm. On colder nights the temp will drop less than half of what it would without cover. Once temps are 60 and above it is easy to get heated. I look at my pool outlays as investments in my family happiness, not as expenses. Serenity now. Go for both!
 

YippeeSkippy

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
11,522
Evans, Georgia
Thanks to listening to my salesman at Swim King Pools Rocky Point N Y, i invested the money for both heat pump and auto cover. <clip> I look at my pool outlays as investments in my family happiness, not as expenses. Serenity now. Go for both!
What a lovely generous attitude :) Your family is very lucky.

Maddie :flower:
 

tessv

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Bronze Supporter
Jul 3, 2015
161
Auburn, KS
Hey guys, is a heater necessary with an auto cover?? I live in Long Island NY, I'm about to go forward with my pool builder just curious if I can save a few grand and skip the heater if go auto cover??
We went with both on our Kansas pool, and love them... autocover keeps the critters out, protects on windy days, and helps preserve some heat... heater lets us keep the pool a therapeutic 93 degrees through spring and during fall... love it!
 

Idyllic

Gold Supporter
May 10, 2014
8
Neenah, WI
Our pool went in last May and we used the heater to get it up to temp, but rarely had to fire it throughout the summer. Used it from mid September until we closed the pool mid October. We opened this year almost a month ago and are still using the heater on days when we want to swim. The cover is amazing at retaining heat. The kids also love it when we leave the cover on on a hot day and swim in the evening. Reeling back the cover to feel the top foot of water at hot tub temperature then sinking down into the cooler (but still warm) deep end is refreshing. We bought the cover more for safety, but the lower chemical usage and heat retention are big bonuses. A heater for a WI pool is almost a must have either way.