Swimming pools can enhance your back yard and add the value of your home. With your pool, you can swim anytime you want free of charge. It also creates an active way to entertain friends and family.
However, many people shy away from getting a pool because they think it is expensive to maintain. A pool may indeed need more care than a lawn. Yet, the benefits of having a pool significantly outweigh the maintenance requirements.
One of the best ways to maximize your ownership experience is to buy a pool cover. Covering your pool can create several management benefits. In this article, we look at the three main advantages of pool covers as listed below.
- Save Money
- Save Time
- Save Lives
1. Save Money
The main advantage of a pool cover is in financial savings. Modern pool covers can pay for themselves from the savings they create in the first year of installation. The three primary ways a pool cover can save you money are:
- Fewer Chemical Requirements
- Lower Utility Bills
- Lower Energy Requirements
i. Fewer Chemical Requirements:
The main function of chlorine in your pool is to prevent the growth of bacteria such as algae. Covering your pool prevents the penetration of sunlight which is the main catalyst for algae growth. As a result covered pools need less chlorine.
ii. Lower Utility Bills:
Covering your pool can reduce your water and electricity requirements. The pool cover can save more than half of the water you lose through evaporation. Meaning you need to pump less water into the pool each month. This can cut down your water bills considerably. Your electricity bills can also go down because you don’t use your pump as much.
iii. Lower Energy Requirements:
Covered pools can retain heat. The Aussie winter may not hit freezing temperatures but your pool can get really cold. Pool covers not only trap heat but also enhance the warming effect of the sun on the water. This means that the cover reduces the amount of heating your pool needs. If you have a solar optimized cover, you may be able to completely avoid heating your pool.
2. Save Time
Pool covers prevent leaves, dust, and debris from getting into your pool. You can save a lot of cleaning time and effort by covering your above ground swimming pools. Without a cover, you may need to skim leaves and brush the walls of your pool at least twice a week.
3. Save Lives
One of the most valuable benefits of a pool cover is safety. Many people worry about small children, or family pets falling into their pools. Your kids may be able to get past a pool fence. However, with a covered pool, you don’t need to worry about your kids accidentally falling in.
Despite the extra work of pulling back and laying out the cover before and after swimming, pool covers are quite beneficial. Covering your pool not only gives you peace of mind but also puts money back into your pocket. It also gives you more time to enjoy swimming.