Solar Cover use during North Texas winters

joboo7777

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Aug 8, 2020
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Hello all,

I'm thinking about getting a solar cover for our new pool so we can minimize the use of our heater during the winter months. Our pool gets direct sunlight from 11am until dusk. Without a cover I've seen the pool increase in temp ~4-7 degrees on a 65 degree sunny day with most of the gains lost at night. My question is with a Solar cover is possible to get the temp consistently over 70? Assuming there are a few sunny days strung together. Anyone from North Texas that has experience with Solar covers I would appreciate any advice or feedback.

Thanks
John
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
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NY
Hey JoBoo and belated Welcome. Solar covers work the same for all of us, I only finished closing my pool a few weeks ago and the solar cover easily had the pool 5-7 degrees above the average ambient air temps. The water was still cold up here, but not as cold as it would have been uncovered.

They perform flawlessly to their ability, which is to stop 70% of your heat loss from evaporation. This is a well established fact here that nobody disputes. Whether or not they are worth the hassle to use is highly debated at times however. 😁

To directly answer your question, it all depends on mother nature. If she holds a long string of 65 degree days together in a row, you can reasonably expect the water to be close to 70 degrees most of the time. If the highs hit the 40s for a stretch, the pool will still be up 5 degrees, but its not much consolation at that point that the solar cover is still doing what its supposed to..
 

joboo7777

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Aug 8, 2020
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ok got it. Not sure its worth the hassle to set up and install if the reward is not that significant. ;)
 
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