While an automatic pool cover – often called an auto cover – is expensive upfront, this upfront cost is easy to justify…this upfront cost is an investment, not an expense. If you have an existing pool without an auto cover, one can likely be installed…and is highly recommended.
An auto cover is so much more than a mere pool covet. There are many benefits of owning an auto cover, such as:
- Safety…this is the primary reason for an auto cover…it can be closed and locked when supervision is not available to prevent babies, toddlers, and kids from wandering toward and into the pool.
- Security…it will prevent unwanted swimmers in your pool when you are gone.
- Saving money…the Department of Energy took the time to conduct a study, where they did conclude that automatic pool covers do in fact save pool owners money be reducing the amount of water, chemicals, heat, and electricity that are required to operate the pool.
- Saving time…since a closed auto cover will keep falling leaves and other wind-blown debris out of the pool, this will save you the time from netting leaves and other debris as well as from having to vacuum the pool as often.
There are three primary options for automatic pool covers:
A manual auto cover is hand-cranked. Some upgraded manual auto covers do include a cordless drill that you can use to cover and uncover the pool, but even these upgraded manual auto covers are not worth the money. If you’re going to get an automatic pool cover, then get an AUTOMATIC pool cover.
An electric auto cover uses an electric motor with a separate on/off (open/close) switch to cover and uncover the pool.
A hydraulic-drive auto cover uses a hydraulic motor (filled with hydraulic fluid), hydraulic hoses, and an on/off (open/close) switch to cover and uncover the pool.
Regardless if you opt for electric or hydraulic, auto covers are fully automated with an on/off (open/close) switch:
- some manufacturers have an open button and a closed button.
- some manufacturers have a light switch, where up is open and down is close.
- some manufacturer have a key that is turned one way to open and another way to close.
Some manufacturers also include an optional remote control to open and close the cover.
Not just locally here in Nebraska, but industry-wide, pools with auto covers spend less money each year on water, chemicals, heat, and electricity as well as on maintenance, service and repairs. And here in Nebraska, the pool has to winterized and should be covered during the fall and winter months; an auto cover can be used as a winter cover too…it truly is an all season cover.
The auto covers that are manufactured today are more durable and reliable than past attempts, with better-constructed tracks, fabric (the actual cover), motors, mechanisms, all other internal parts, and hardware. And now, with many attractive color choices for the fabric, auto covers are as aesthetic as they are practical. Be advised that the fabric for the auto cover will have to be replaced, on average, about every 5-7 years.
Since there are a few manufacturers of automatic pool covers, you are advised to read, save and file the owner’s manual for the auto cover that you have for all of the recommendations and instructions about that cover, including use (opening and closing), maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Whether you need to replace and/or upgrade your current automatic pool cover or if you are a first time buyer of an automatic pool cover, we can help you. We offer free onsite consultation so we can see inspect your pool, coping, and deck.
Contact Expert Pool Work, Inc. at 402-341-8132 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss automatic pool covers or submit a short form to schedule free onsite consultation.