Automatic Pool Covers are pretty cool things for your pool. A normal old pool cover is just okay but making it automatic? How could one resist? Well lets go over some pros and cons of automatic pool covers.
First the cost of an automatic pool cover will run you about $5,000 to $15,000. Anyways, on to the list.
Pro: They will help heat your pool.
Automatic Pool Covers are made of a heavy vinyl and work much better than a solar cover. It is not uncommon for them to add 10 to 15 degrees to the temperature of the pool. If you have a Heat Pump the cover will help keep cost down by not letting a lot of the heat dissipate into the air also reducing evaporation.
Con: They will heat your pool too much sometimes.
When a customer calls and says that their pool is getting too warm, we advise them to leave their cover open to try and cool the pool off. At this point the automatic cover is a huge expense that is not being used for the intended purpose. Or if you have a heat pump with a chiller then you can cool the pool with the chiller. It does run the operational cost up though.
Pro: Keeps People Out
Automatic Pool Covers work good for keeping children and even adults out of the pool if you do not wish to have them in the pool.
Con: Keeps People Out
If you buy an Automatic Pool Cover for your pool, I suggest when you are planning to entertain on the weekend with a pool party that you open your cover on a Wednesday and leave it open until after the party. Then if the cover does not open you will have time to have someone come out and repair it before your party.
Pro: Keeps Dirt Out
With an Automatic Pool Cover your pool will be easier to keep clean. And save you time in taking care of your pool.
Con: Keeps Chlorine In
Whether you are on a salt generator or chlorine your Automatic Pool Cover will hold the chlorine in and not let it dissipate the way it should. It is advised that you keep your chlorine levels to the bare minimum when using an Automatic Pool Cover. Chlorine and salt are both corrosive to your Automatic Pool Cover.