Which Solar Cover is Better: Clear or Blue?

When it comes to solar covers for swimming pools, there are two main options: clear and blue. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it can be difficult to decide which one is best for your pool. Clear solar covers are better for heat absorption, while blue solar covers are better for heat retention. Light blue sun covers are a good midpoint between the two, and they are also the most popular color.

Clear solar covers allow more heat to be released from the pool, as they don't absorb heat by themselves. Blue covers absorb some UV rays by themselves, so they retain heat and transfer less to the water than transparent covers. It's important to remember that areas that receive less than six hours of direct sun exposure may not be the ideal places to opt for transparent solar pool covers. Blue solar pool covers can absorb more heat in a shorter period of time in these cases.

Overall, clear solar covers are the better option. They last longer, are cost-effective, and retain more heat than blue solar pool covers. Transparent solar pool covers heat pool water more efficiently and distribute heat evenly. In contrast, blue solar pool covers generally do not distribute heat evenly and absorb less heat.

Reduce your electricity bills by 93% by replacing them with solar products. For example, replace all your outdoor lighting with solar alternatives. Clear covers transfer heat more efficiently than blue sun covers because they absorb & and retain less heat while allowing easier passage of the sun's rays.

Blue is the standard color found on solar roofs, and it's cheaper than transparent ones. Since blue sun covers are translucent, they allow light to pass through them and spread more evenly. In general, transparent sunroofs are the winners of this comparison. They last longer, lower the cost of operating the pool, and retain more heat energy than other colored covers, including blue.

Transparent solar covers are best for allowing as much broad-spectrum light to enter the pool water. Overall heat gain may be higher than with blue covers in the short term. Without any cover, the pool water absorbs a substantial amount of sunlight. A white plaster pool with an average depth of 4.5 feet absorbs approximately 60% of the sun's energy.

This energy will heat the pool about 0.7°F per hour under the midday sun. If the cover is provided with air cushions, they heat better and ensure that the water heats up slowly and approaches the natural heating process. A light-colored transparent cover will allow the sun's UV rays to pass into the water and thus warm it.

By investing in a deck, you can enjoy swimming all year round and fill the pool less often. Solar blankets for swimming pools are relatively thin and not impermeable to solar radiation.

Now you know how each type of solar cover works, some benefits of using it, and the best way to do it. Good for in-ground, above ground, and Intex pools, the solar reel is placed at one end of the pool.

Solar roofs are usually quite inexpensive but you can spend a little more for a higher quality option. You can buy clear and blue solar covers through online retailers, big box stores, and your local pool supply store.

The “Space Age” cover is available in a two-tone color that combines the characteristics of a blue and silver cover.

Therefore, it is clear that transparent solar pool covers are the best for keeping more heat since they themselves retain less heat.

Unlike traditional tarpaulins, solar covers capture sunlight during the day to naturally raise the temperature of the pool.

They don't let light through as easily as a transparent sun blanket would so chlorine degradation from UV light is slower.

The colour and level of opacity allow very fast heat absorption that will heat your pool faster than other covers mentioned above.

By investing in a good quality transparent solar cover you can enjoy swimming all year round while reducing your electricity bills by 93%. Solar products such as outdoor lighting can also help reduce your electricity bills significantly.

In conclusion, clear solar covers are undoubtedly better both literally and figuratively when compared to blue solar pool covers. They last longer, are cost-effective, retain more heat energy than other colored covers including blue, distribute heat evenly, and also absorb more broad-spectrum light into your pool water.

Ben Young
Ben Young

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