If you own a swimming pool, you may be familiar with the hassle of trying to cover and uncover it with a manual pool cover or blanket. Many people find it difficult and inconvenient to get the cover on and off the water, and even when they do manage it, the cover often doesn’t stay put, leading to wasted energy, water loss, and increased chemical use.
An electric pool cover (aka automatic pool cover) can be a great solution to this problem, automatically covering and uncovering your pool without any manual labor required. However, there are different types of electric pool covers available, and it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.
One common type of electric pool cover is a roller system that sits either below or above your pool deck. These systems are typically powered by an electric motor that drives a reel to roll the cover on and off the pool. Sophisticated cable systems are used to guide the cover and ensure smooth operation, but these must be set up correctly set up by cover installation professionals to prevent jamming.
Another option is an above-deck electric pool cover, which can be installed on your pool deck after your pool has been constructed. These systems are similar to roller systems, but the cover reel sits on your deck. Often in a custom box that acts as a bench on your deck, and the track is installed on the deck itself.
Finally, there are semi automatic pool covers, which are designed to assist you in covering and uncovering your pool with little effort. These systems are partially automatic and often easier to use than fully manual covers.
Ultimately, the right electric pool cover for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Keep in mind that electric pool covers can be more expensive to install and maintain than manual covers, but they can also save you money in the long run by reducing water evaporation, energy loss, and chemical use. Many pool owners can recover their build costs in around 5 years due to heating and chemical savings. Electric pool covers can often save around 70% of energy and water costs due to reduced evaporation.
Pros Of An Electric Pool Cover
- Acts as a pool blanket or solar pool cover; keeping heat in
- Can be installed on existing pools
- holds extreme amounts of weight 1000 to 2000 lbs
- Extremely easy to use, push button on and off cover
- Reduces evaporation of water
- Reduces algae, thus chemical usage
- No excess water gathers on top of the pool cover
- Reliable repeated operation
- Heats pool water like a solar blanket
Cons Of An Electric Pool Cover
- higher cost
- best to coordinate with pool builder for new pools
- need to consider maintenance costs
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