It’s often the case that spending a little money upfront can save you a lot of money in the long run. That’s certainly the case with inground pool covers, which save on heating costs and chemicals – while also keeping bugs and leaves out of your pool. And fortunately, many of them only cost around $100, so even your initial investment doesn’t have to be great (especially in the context of the full cost of an inground pool).
Of course, I’m talking about the inground pool covers made of vinyl or similar material that sit on top of your pool. A safety pool cover is a whole different animal, and it costs a lot more than $100. Safety covers are intended to prevent children and pets from falling into the pool. This, too, can be an essential investment if you can’t secure your pool for some reason, or if you just want the extra peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’ve done everything to prevent a tragedy from happening.
There are also winter pool covers designed to protect your pool during the off season. These aren’t exactly what I’m talking about either, though you will definitely need one if you live in a cooler climate.
What I’m talking about are the sort of pool covers that keep your pool warm and free of debris. But as long as we’re on the subject of safety, it’s important to make sure your swimming pool is secured before getting an inground pool cover. A pool cover sitting on top of the water can actually make your pool more dangerous for children and pets, as they can get wrapped up in it or trapped underneath. So before getting a pool cover, double check to make sure your pool is inaccessible to little ones.
The most obvious advantage of a pool cover is that it keeps bugs, leaves, and other debris out of your pool. If you don’t have a pool service and don’t relish spending time fishing junk out of your pool, then this alone is reason enough to buy an inground pool cover.
But the other advantage is even more important. One of the ongoing expenses you have as a pool owner is keeping your pool heated. When your pool is not in use, you still have to run the heater to keep the temperature up for when you do want to use it. And of course, when the air temperature drops at night, so does the water temperature in your pool. This forces your heater to work harder, and drives up your energy bills.
A pool cover simply insulates your pool from coming into contact with air. For inground pools, this means your heater doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you want. That’s it. Pretty simple, right?
Inground pool covers can be tied down on the sides, or simply sit an inch or two below the water surface. For even more energy efficiency, you can get a solar pool cover designed to trap heat from the sun and use it to warm up your pool. The only downside of using an inground pool cover is that you have to take the time to take if off and put it back on every time you use your pool. But if you can manage that, this is an investment that will quickly pay for itself.