Conservation, whether it be energy, water and, of course, money has never been more important. Fortunately, when it comes to operating a swimming pool, there’s a category of products that deliver all three for both residential and commercial.
One way to avoid the loss of pool water through evaporation and slow down the tendency of the water to get chilly in cool months is to cover the pool with a solid material. This works well for heat and water retention but it makes the pool inaccessible and ruins the view. Part of the pleasure of owning a pool or being at poolside is the beautiful view; solid pool covers, even if they haven’t yet started to age and wear out, aren’t pretty.
For years, a class of liquid products has been available that somewhat reduce the rate of water evaporation. These products are based on volatile alcohols and require frequent or constant dosing. But they are not very effective since the active ingredients themselves evaporate from the pool water right along with your pool water.
A new class of liquid products has more recently emerged that do a much better job than the older liquids, which were based on volatile alcohols. The newer active ingredients remain in the pool and are primarily lost through bather “drag-out” (i.e. as a result of water exiting the pool with a bather) or other physical means. Only weekly dosing is typically required.
Among the best of these is Aqua Blanket™ from Lo-Chlor®. It’s non-volatile and long-lasting, making it very cost effective. It’s also non-toxic and can be used with any type of pool sanitization system or pool surface material. A recent study of the performance of the product was done by professional engineers in St. Petersburg, Florida using two, side-by-side virtually identical pools. During the time of the study the annualized evaporation rate at that location was shown to be 18,533 gallons for that pool design and size. Using Aqua Blanket™ at its recommended dosage (4 oz. per week for a pool containing 20,000 gallons of water) the evaporation rate was reduced by 70%, an enormous improvement in water retention. Since most of the heat lost from pool water during cool months is due to evaporation, Aqua Blanket also provides for a much longer, comfortable swimming season. And for heated pools the cost savings on the energy required to keep the pool comfortable are also impressive.
So if you’d like to keep your pool accessible and comfortable while conserving water, energy, and your money, you can try a quart of Aqua Blanket™, the liquid pool cover. It couldn’t be easier!