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Written by Joe "The Pool Guy"   
Thursday, 10 September 2009 09:29


I can’t tell you how may times I've heard complaints from owners of heated pool. It doesn’t matter how wealthy folks are are, everyone hates the cost of the pool heater.  I recently was at a party at a house that was purchased for a tab north of $4 million dollars.  It had a huge pool, probably 75,000 gallons.


We were having a cool and cloudy month and in chatting with the wife about her house, yard, and beautiful pool she suddenly blurts out, “You can’t imagine how much money it takes to heat that damn thing!”  I figured she could afford it given the ridiculous mansion that was built right next to the pool.  But even wealthy seem to have a problem shelling out hundreds of dollars a month for something that seems like it should be free - especially in Los Angeles.


Well thankfully, you have an absolutely free heating source up there in the sky and its incredibly effective.  A typical solar pool cover will cost you $100 to $150 and you can get one at your local pool store or online.


To get the right pool cover, figure out the dimensions of your pool and whether you want to get an oval, round, or a rectangular cover.  Make sure the cover is a bit larger than your dimensions; you can always cut it to fit your exact pool specs.  There are a lot of options on the color and thickness of the covers and one of the best places for this information is at


Once you have the cover, cut it to the desired size and set it in place.  Now if you plan on needing to heat the pool during the middle of the swim season then a cover reel makes sense.  In our case, as we live in California, we only need to heat the the pool up in May and early June. Once warms up, we put away the cover away for the season.  If you live somewhere where you live in a climate where you need to heat the pool even in the summer time for a comfortable swing, then consider installing a reel will make it easier to put on and take off.


The benefits of a cover are huge - even on the hottest day of the year.  Not only does your water heat up by 10-15 degrees but you'll save on your water bill because you'll end up cutting your evaporation by as much as 95%.  In addition, your filter doesn’t get as clogged because quite your cover also reduces a good amount of the debris that usually finds it's  way your pool.

It's a no-brainer. A cover saves on your electricity bill, your water bill and protects your filter.  If you are looking for a cheap green way to heat your pool, a solar cover is a must have.

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