The Definitive Guide to Liquid Solar Covers
Have you been looking for a way to insulate your pool and extend your pool season? If so, maybe it’s time to consider a liquid solar cover.
Instead of choosing a regular cover for your pool that is hard to put on and take off any time you want to go for a swim, why not try a liquid option that you simply pour into your pool every month? Liquid solar covers make insulating and warming your pool much easier and in many ways perform better than traditional covers.
What Are Liquid Solar Covers?
Liquid solar covers are basically a liquid blanket that sits on top of the water of your pool. This blanket is used to insulate your pool and even warm the temperature of your water.
How Do They Work?
Liquid solar covers are chemicals that are made to bind together to protect your pool’s water. These chemicals are lighter than water, so they float to the top. They are also made to attract one another so they bind together. As they disburse through your pool, they bind with one another forming a liquid blanket on top of your pool.
Are They Safe?
In general, the ingredients in liquid solar covers are perfectly safe for you to swim in and are even biodegradable so they are good for the environment. However, some who are more sensitive may experience eye and lung irritation even though they are perfectly safe. However, because only a small amount of chemicals are present in liquid solar covers, these types of side effects are very rare.
Why Choose Liquid Solar Covers
Now that we understand what they are, let’s look at why you should consider using a liquid solar cover in your pool.
1. Keep Your Water Warmer
Most of your heat is lost from the surface of your water through evaporation. Your liquid solar cover will prevent this loss through evaporation and keep the heat in your water. The end result is a pool that is much warmer even before you turn on your pool heater.
2. Conserve Water
Liquid solar covers not only heat your water, but they also prevent the sun from taking its share of your water through evaporation. The insulating layer protects the water from evaporation reducing the amount of water you have to add to your pool to keep it filled properly.
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3. Reduce Your Heating Costs
Because a liquid solar cover will keep your water warmer, you will save money on your heating costs if you live in a climate where a pool heater is a necessity. In other areas, they can also help you extend your swimming season far beyond the normal, warm months.
4. Easier Than Traditional Blankets
If you have ever pulled a cover over your pool, it’s probably not hard to imagine how much easier a liquid option is. All you do is pour it into your pool and you are done. The liquid solar cover will do the rest.
Do Liquid Solar Covers Really Work?
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Drawbacks of Liquid Solar Covers
Like anything, there is always the bad that must come with the good. While liquid solar covers do work well, they don’t work well in all conditions. For example, if you live in a windy area, then a liquid solar cover won’t work well for you. Because it is so light, the wind will basically blow the liquid blanket around preventing it from doing its job.
You must also keep your solar cover on a strict schedule, adding more every month. If your pool is getting a lot of use, you may also find that the effectiveness is reduced, requiring you to add more to your pool more often.
How to Use Liquid Solar Covers
If you have decided to go with a liquid solar cover instead of a more traditional cover, here’s what you need to do to use it.
- Purchase enough liquid solar cover to last you at least a couple of months. How much you need will depend on the size of your pool. Expect to spend anywhere from $10 to $20 a month and maybe a little more if you have a large pool.
- Set a schedule. Determine a regular monthly schedule when you plan on adding your liquid solar cover. Once you set this schedule, stick to it. In order for it to be effective, it needs to be added on a regular basis.
- Simply pour the contents into your pool on your set day. The liquid solar cover will float to the top of the water and disburse across your pool binding together to form the blanket.
That’s all there is to it. See, it couldn’t be easier!
If you want to make your life easier, choose a liquid solar cover. Simply pour it in and you are well on your way to protecting your water from the elements. You will keep your water warmer and reduce your costs in the process. So what are you waiting for? Instead of struggling with a traditional cover, why not try a liquid solar cover and see how well it works for you?