Most pool owners in mild climates don't close their pools during winter. Others simply leave their pool uncovered.
- Many people don’t like how it looks.
- Some pool owners can't store a pool cover.
- If you have a saltwater pool, you may go through more salt if you cover your pool.
- Some pool owners just don’t want the hassle of having to roll off their pool cover.
- It can be difficult to find a suitable cover for irregularly-shaped pools.
- Some pool owners want to use their pool year-round.
- Covers are costly.
If you decide to go for a swim this winter, make sure that you can’t change the temperature of your water. If you do decide to go swimming, be prepared to feel like a polar bear.
A pool cover can be used year-round, or just during the winter. It also provides added safety if a pool owner has young children. A pool cover can help you save energy by reducing your pool's heat loss. It can also keep debris and leaves from getting into your pool. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that pool covers can reduce evaporation by 70 percent. Since chlorine degrades under UV light, a pool cover offers protection from UV, which means you will need to add less chlorine over time.
A standard pool cover is made of a tarp-like substance, which means that it's very likely to get wet and trapped if someone tries to climb on top of it.
Security pool covers are designed to look like a trampoline. They’re made of mesh and can protect your pool from debris and keep the weight of an animal inside. Instead of having a pump, the mesh security pool covers allow rainwater to flow into the pool. However, this usually leads to a pH imbalance, which can cause the pool to get drained.
Automatic pool covers are designed to stay in place by automatically moving parts. They can be installed manually or run by a motor. One of the most attractive features of these covers is their ability to be customized to fit your pool's aesthetics.
The decision to cover a pool in winter depends on many factors, such as the pool's specific needs and how often it is used. If you do decide to leave your pool open for the winter, make sure you read our next blogposts.
This post was originally published on ABC Blog
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