Problem Solver - August 2011
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Conserve Your Pool's Resources

Between tightening budgets and a desire to improve the environmental footprint of the pool, aquatic directors are looking for ways to reduce their costs while conserving resources in their facilities. Finding ways to save energy, water and other resources can have a positive affect on both the bottom line and your eco-friendliness.

Q: We're looking for new solutions to conserve pool resources. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Evaporation is a big source of heat loss from swimming pools and spas. Slowing that heat loss can yield savings in terms of cost and resources. Pool covers are helpful, but they don't protect your pool during the hours when the pool is open.

A liquid pool cover can lower humidity as well as evaporation, slowing heat and water loss that cause high heating bills and cold pool water.

Energy savings will vary depending on the number of hours swimmers are using the pool every day, as well as the efficiency of your system, the temperature outside, exposure to wind, the pool's design and the equipment used. Tests have shown savings from 15.5 percent up to 40 percent.

Q: Won't a plastic pool cover be more effective?

A: Liquid solar pool covers are about 75 percent as effective as plastic pool blankets. But it's important to remember that the liquid pool cover protects your pool 100 percent of the time, even while swimmers are in the pool. A plastic pool blanket, on the other hand, is only working when it is secured and fitted to your pool.

Q: Is it safe to allow swimmers in the pool while we're using the liquid pool cover?

A: Yes. The liquid pool cover is designed to be in use 24 hours a day, and has been tested and proven to be safe for swimmers.


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