Solar pool covers, also known as pool blankets, are 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 1 to 15 degrees, and will significantly reduce, or even eliminate - pool water heating costs!
Simply put, a solar cover is designed to collect heat from solar energy and transfer it to your pool water. Solar pool 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 gas powered pool heater or heat pump.
Most heat loss in a pool is caused by evaporation. By trapping the heat, a solar pool covers reduce evaporation by almost 95%, and will save you up to 5% 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.
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! A solar cover reel takes the work and hassle out of using your solar cover. With a solar reel system, you simply turn the handle to take the blanket off the pool! Portable and lightweight, a pool blanket reel system also makes storing the blanket a one-person job. These systems will protect your solar blanket while making your life a whole lot easier.
A solar cover saddle is the first, EZ-on, EZ-off solar blanket storage system! A solar saddle connects easily to any side of your above ground 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). Our rip-proof woven poly tarp cover protects your solar pool blanket from the damaging effects of weather and sun while it's on the reel and not in use. Handy Velcro® fasteners attach the tarp to your reel (not included) to prevent it from blowing off.