There are several
different brands of liquid solar blankets available at many online
retailers and pool supply stores. Each one essentially works in the
same way, in that a liquid is released in your pool which slows down
the evaporation of your pool water by
around fifty percent.
Most experts suggest that
ninety percent of heat loss in pools is due to evaporation, so these
products can go a long way towards saving you money on your pool
heating costs. If you don’t use a traditional heater for your pool,
then a liquid solar cover
can still help keep your pool heated and may
even make the use of a traditional solar pool cover unnecessary during
the warm summer months.
These products can also be
used in combination with other solar pool heaters and covers to ensure
your pool stays at the right temperature without the cost or CO2
emissions associated with using standard electricity. The only major
downside to most solar liquid blankets lies in the price, as some will
only last for around a month, so the price can quickly add up when you
have to continually purchase more liquid.
What is a Liquid Solar
A liquid solar pool cover
is a completely safe,
non-toxic liquid that will not alter the pH or
chemical balance of your pool in any way. Each manufacturer of these
products guarantees that their products are completely safe in every
way and harmless for swimmers, even if the pool water is accidentally
The ingredients in the
liquid are a highly guarded secret, but you can feel safe knowing that
similar liquids have been used to heat commercial and city owned,
municipal swimming pools for over two decades with no adverse
Overall, liquid solar
blankets are quite an efficient way to reduce water evaporation in your
pool and thus reduce heat loss, which can save you time and money on
your heating needs. Below we will take a look at a few of the more
popular brands of liquid solar covers and provide honest information on
the pros and cons of each product.
Turbo: The Tropical Fish
by Sunsolar Energy Technologies
The Tropical Fish was one
of the first liquid solar blankets on the market, and with the
introduction of the improved Turbo, Sunsolar has continued to be one
the industry’s leaders in this market. Turbo is a small fish shaped
unit that is filled with the secret liquid and comes complete with a
pump which will slowly release the liquid to help keep your pool heated
for approximately sixty days.
To use this product, you
need to simply place the fish in the water, where it should slowly
submerge as the liquid is released until it finally rests on the bottom
once it is used up. One of the only drawbacks to this particular design
is that the fish “swims” around your pool for sixty days and can
easily get stuck in the vacuum or skimmer.
Many people have reported
that they have had to tie the product to their pool ladder to keep it
from clogging up the pool. This is a simple solution however, and is
not much of an inconvenience.
One Turbo fish
contains enough liquid to help heat a 400 square meter or smaller pool
for sixty days. If your pool is larger than 400 square meters, then you
will need to take a pair of scissors and cut the small black wire by
the fish’s mouth. This will release more liquid and therefore your fish
will only last for around thirty days instead of sixty.
One of the biggest
advantages of this particular product is that it has a time release
pump, so you can simply drop the fish in the pool and
forget about it
for a month or two. The Sunsolar
Turbo Tropical Fish can be a
effective way to reduce heat loss in your pool and is one of the most
highly recommended products on the market.
SolarPill Liquid Solar
Another very popular
product is the SolarPill, which works in the exact same way as the
Tropical Fish, except that it is shaped like a pill and can be placed
directly in your skimmer to keep it out of the way.
Each pill costs
between $6 and $20 depending on where you purchase it from, and overall
is another highly recommended product.
Some people have reported
that they don’t work quite as well as the Tropical Fish, although this
is mostly unsubstantiated. Each SolarPill will last for around a month,
so not as long as the Tropical Fish.
That being said, the SolarPill
Liquid Solar Blanket
the advantage of fitting into most pool’s skimmers so it can float
there and stay out of the way. No matter which product you choose, you
should see a significant reduction in the amount of heat your pool
loses during the night.
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