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Solar Saddle Is an Affordable and Effective Alternative to Solar Reels

Solar Saddle Solar Pool Cover Storage

Removing and storing a solar pool cover each time you wish to use your above ground swimming pool can be a real hassle, especially if you don’t have a partner handy who can help you with the process.  Solar cover reels are a standard option for easy cover removal and storage by one person, but reels are often very expensive.  A simpler solution is the Solar Saddle, which is a much more affordable product that installs easily and works like a charm.

Using the Solar Saddle is easy.  To remove and store your cover, you simply pull the cover off of the pool from poolside, just like you would pull a sheet off from the end of your bed.  The cover lays in the Solar Saddle’s holders, folded accordion style.  Now your cover is stored.  To put the cover on, just reverse the process.

Simple, elegant, affordable — the Solar Saddle is a smart solution for above ground swimming pools.

The Time and Money-Saving Benefits of Pool Covers

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Winter is finally over, and the winter pool cover will soon be stored away until next year.  Continuing to cover your pool throughout the swimming season is important, though.  Whether you use a solar pool cover or a safety cover, you can enjoy the following benefits from consistently covering your swimming pool when it is not in use:

  • A covered pool significantly reduces evaporation and retains the pool’s heat, thereby lowering expenses and extending the swimming season.
  • A covered pool requires fewer chemicals because evaporation is greatly reduced, and the water stays chemically balanced for longer periods of time.
  • A covered pool means a cleaner pool.  Dirt, leaves, and other debris stay out when a pool cover is on.

In addition to these advantages, solar pool covers and safety covers offer additional, unique benefits that should be considered.  Deciding which pool cover is best for your swimming pool will depend on your particular situation.

Solar pool covers are intended to draw the sun’s heat into the pool, keeping the water comfortably warm for longer periods of time.  This type of pool cover is perfect for pools that are not frequented by small children and pets.

Safety covers, on the other hand, are ideal for family pools where children and pets could potentially wander too close to the water.  Safety covers must be able to hold a minimum of 485 pounds per 5 square feet, according to standard F1346-91 set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Solar pool cover or safety cover — no matter which pool cover you choose, covering your pool regularly during the swimming season offers a number of time and money-saving benefits that should make the extra few minutes required to cover and uncover your pool worth the effort.

Solar Pool Covers Open Pools Sooner

Solar Pool Cover
When you finally get to open your pool this summer, waiting for it to warm up can be almost unbearable. You have waited the long fall and winter months to be able to enjoy your pool again and want it to warm up quickly. Using the sun’s warmth, you can quickly raise the temperature in your above ground pool 10-15 degrees with a solar pool cover. Solar covers are a perfect way to swim sooner and extend your pool season longer. They also cut chemical evaporation by up to 95%, saving you money! Clear and light blue solar blankets capture warmth and help it penetrate the water, heating it quickly and thoroughly. They are an affordable solution to traditional pool heater. While solar covers are easy to apply and remove on their own, you can make this process completely effortless with solar pool cover reel. You simply turn the crank to roll and store your solar cover when not in use. Solar covers and reels are the perfect (and easy way) to warm your pool for earlier swimming.


Reduce Indoor Pool Energy Costs by 70 Percent

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Indoor pools may offer water-lovers a welcome relief from cold or stormy weather, but maintaining an indoor pool can cause an unwelcome increase in energy costs.  Heat loss through evaporation accounts for a whopping 70% of the energy consumed by an indoor pool, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  With evaporation left unchecked, other problems arise such as excess chemical consumption, an overabundance of humidity, and building maintenance problems related to humidity. 

Dealing with the humidity from an indoor pool means installing a ventilation system that replaces indoor air with unconditioned air from outside.  The cost of running such a ventilation system to keep humidity at bay can be steep.  But all of the problems associated with water evaporation from an indoor pool can be significantly reduced with the use of pool covers.

Pool covers reduce evaporation dramatically, and as a result, energy costs can be lowered by as much as 70%, according to the DOE.  Additionally, pool covers keep chemical consumption at a minimum, and humidity levels are kept in check.  Lower humidity levels reduce the need to ventilate the air, which decreases energy costs even further.

Use pool covers only when the pool is not in use.  Pool covers should be removed from a pool completely before swimmers enter the water.

Think Ahead to Spring: Now Is the Time for Leaf Nets

Leaf Nets

Now that it’s time to close the backyard swimming pool for the season, it’s also time to think ahead to next season.  Doing a quick job of winterizing and cutting corners will save you time now, but when spring rolls around and you see the damp and decaying layer of dead leaves that has accumulated on your winter pool cover for months, you’ll wish you had spent a little more time preparing the pool for an easy spring clean up.

One fast and simple way to prevent that disgusting layer of slimy, decomposing leaves and debris from building up on your winter cover is to use a leaf net.  A leaf net is a mesh cover that goes over your winter cover or safety cover.  Set it up before the leaves begin to fall this autumn, and remove it before your first snow.  The time and effort saved by collecting autumn leaves in a leaf net will go a long way in the spring when you are ready to prepare the pool for a new season of swimming.