What is a Solar Blanket?
A Solar Blanket is a great investment for every pool owner. In fact, in some areas of the country a good quality Solar Blanket may be all you need to warm your pool water and make your pool more enjoyable. Solar Blankets will increase pool water temperature by 10 to 15 degrees, and will significantly reduce, or even eliminate - pool water heating costs!
Simply put, a Solar Blanket is designed to collect heat from solar energy and transfer it to your pool water. Solar Blankets are made from a durable polymer material with thousands of tiny sealed air bubbles. They float "bubble side down" on the surface of your pool water when the pool is not in use, and allow solar energy to pass through, which is then trapped as retained heat in the pool. Many pool owners also use a solar blanket to retain the heat generated from a fossil fuel heater or heat pump.
Why Should I Use a Solar Blanket on My Pool?
Solar Blankets will increase your pool water temperature by 10 to 15 degrees and can significantly reduce, or even eliminate your pool heating costs (depending on the area of the country where you live). Your pool water warms earlier in the season & stays warmer longer - which translates to a longer swim season, for less money!
Most heat loss in a pool is caused by evaporation. By trapping the heat, a Solar Blanket will reduce evaporation by approximately 95%, and will save up to 50% on pool chemical usage (while the pool is covered). Solar Blankets also act as a barrier to prevent leaves and debris from entering the pool, thereby reducing the time you need to spend on maintenance.
The Perfect Accessories for your Solar Blanket
With a few well-chosen accessories, you can extend the life of your Solar Blanket and make it much easier to use, even by one person!
Solar Reel System - Take the work and hassle out of using your new Solar Blanket. With a Solar Reel System, you simply turn the handle to take the Blanket off the pool! Portable and lightweight, a Reel System also makes storing the blanket becomes a one-person job. These systems will protect your solar blanket while making your life a whole lot easier.
Solar Saddle - Truly the first, EZ-on, EZ-off Solar Blanket Storage System! A Solar Saddle connects easily to any side of your Aboveground Pool, and lets you neatly fold and conveniently store your Blanket out of the way when the pool is open, and place it back on the water's surface easily (while you are in or out of the pool).
Poly Tarps - Our rip-proof woven Cover protects your Solar Blanket from the damaging effects of weather and sun while it's on the reel & not in use. Handy Velcro® fasteners attach the Tarp to your Reel (not included) to prevent it from blowing off.
Always wait at least 12 hours before using a Solar Blanket on the surface of a pool that has been "shocked" with chemicals. Always install Blanket with bubbles facing down towards the water. When not in use, we recommend you cover your solar blanket with an opaque cover, and store it in a shaded area, out of direct sunlight.