Swimming Pool Heat Retention
by Monique Nelson on May 9th, 2012

'Tis the season for opening swimming pools.

'Tis also the season for warm days, cool evenings. The weather is getting to the point where it is beautiful enough that, across North America, the masses are shopping for swim suits and they expect you to provide them with a warm, shiny, blue swimming pool.

The masses don't understand pool heating costs - but they do need to be able to dip those toes in the water without cringing. They don't know that overnight your pool might be dropping up to 10 degrees (or more, depending on location) if you don't use a pool heater.

Those who don't own or operate swimming pools don't care that it takes a lot of work, heat and energy to make sure their preferred swimming pool is exactly the way they want it. They just want it that way. Its your job to get it there.
How do you do it? Do you close your eyes and hold your breath as you switch on that pool heater for the season? Or do you close your eyes and hold your breath as you cross your fingers checking the thermometer each morning?

Do you understand all the ways your pool loses heat so that you can do everything possible to keep it in the water?

For example, as you know, water evaporation accounts for approximately 70% of pool heat loss. All pools experience evaporation, but if you can find a way to slow it down, that will be the quickest and most effective way to lower your pools' heat loss.

Water movement increases the rate of evaporation, so if you have water features or are in a windy area, your rate of evaporation will go up and you will lose heat faster. You can fight this by putting up a wind barrier (fence) and shutting off your water features as often as possible (fountains, overflow, etc).

Using a pool cover on your pool whenever possible will also help to keep your hard-earned heat in the water. If you can't use a traditional cover for liability or other reasons, you may want to consider a liquid cover like Heatsavr. This liquid solar blanket has been tested and proven to reduce the regular rate of evaporation by 30 - 50%, which will help your heat loss problem tremendously. With the added benefits of easy, automatic application and 24/7 coverage, you really can't go wrong.

How are you planning to keep your pool warm this season?
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2 Comments

Craig Wagner - June 17th, 2013 at 8:21 PM
When adding the liquid pool cover 1oz per 10,000 gallons how long does the pool have 2 run when installing
Monique Nelson - June 18th, 2013 at 11:33 AM
If you are dosing the liquid pool cover manually by pouring it right into your pool, you don't have to worry about the pool running at all. The liquid cover will spread itself out. If you have one of our metering systems installed, I would suggest making sure the dose is added at least 10 minutes before your pool pump turns off. This will ensure there is enough water passing through your return line to get the product into the main body of water. I hope this helps answer your question, but feel free to email [email protected] if you need more clarification, or give me a call toll free (800) 661-3560. Take care!
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