Posted by ron on April 16, 2007, 12:16 pm
yes the solar blankets are a hassle and don't forget the cost of the reel.
But then you don't have to do it all summer just early and late in the
season. I never used the "pill" but if it's like the liquid thats supposed
to do the same thing I found it to be useless. I stick with the blanket.
Posted by Steve Barker on April 16, 2007, 1:26 pm
If there's two people, a reel is not necessary. If there's not two or more
people, then the pool is not necessary.
Posted by Steve Barker on April 16, 2007, 1:23 pm
I really can't imagine how any chemical treatment would cause a solar gain.
My vote is for the solar cover. They work great. They prevent evaporation,
insulate to a small degree, and the very design of them causes solar gain.
Posted by Cathy Strong on April 26, 2007, 12:30 am
Steve Barker wrote:
Also the pool blankets cut down on your chemical costs. ( solar
breakdown of your chlorine or bromine products and evaporation of
gaseous forms of either) The more intense your solar environment the
more pronounced the savings. In the southwest, water and chemical loss
reduction can actually pay 100% of the blanket cost. That's good,
because typically a solar cover lasts only about three years here.
Posted by runsrealfast on April 16, 2007, 10:38 pm
My parents have a pool and I kinda got into this as a teenager. What I
read is the pills are easier to use but that the covers actually work
better. My dad said heck with all of that and actually got solar
panels installed. Really all they are is black pipe that sits in the
sun, the water returning to the pool runs through the panels. I can
tell you that its worth the money for them. I can't give you cost
(because I don't know) But if you spend 50k plus on a pool and can get
2-3 months more use of it wouldn't you. Also, its very simple to "turn
off" the panels. Ours had a electric valve control which 10 years
later there has been no problems with. The only issue we ever had was
that a joint started to leak and we started to water the grass with
pool water. This isn't much of an issue if you have basic plumbing
skills, and we did easily fix it (ok my dad was on the roof and I ran
around with the dog until he helled at me saying he needed a tool).