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Electric Pool Covers

Pool covers or pool blankets have been around for decades and for decades they have been underutilized. Why? Ask anyone. I can’t get it on the water easily. I can’t get it on the water straight. I can’t get it on the water by myself. I try, but it’s a pain. I try again. But I can’t keep it up. It’s too much.

Everywhere, pool covers or pool blankets are off the pools more than they are on the pools. And mostly, they just stay there. What a waste. The cost of the blanket. Not being used. The cost of the energy lost. Heat disappearing. The cost of evaporation. Water level going down by the hour. Chemicals? Using more and more. And all that dust and debris. Somebody’s got to vacuum it out.

Eventually the pool owner looks for a better solution to the pool cover problem and decides to explore the world of electric pool covers that cover and uncover the pool automatically. They are out there, but they are not all they are cracked up to be. The next step is to ensure the right solution is not just a more expensive problem with a different set of issues.

The idea is to cover and uncover a swimming pool without manual labor. The idea is to keep the pool water clean and at a comfortable temperature.

Common Electric Automatic Pool Covers

Many electric pool covers are designed to fully cover the pool and in some cases even part of the pool deck as required for odd shaped pools. The roller would be positioned below deck or sitting above the deck at one end of the swimming pool.

Typical electric pool covers consist of three main components or subassemblies; a reel, clutch, pulleys, cables and tracks that are electrically powered to provide motion. If manual effort is required in any way with an electric system it is not automatic but a manual or partially electric pool cover, since it still requires human intervention (labor). These electric units require motor(s) to move the reel to unroll or roll the pool cover off and on the pool, combined with multiple gears, cables and pulleys for operation.

However, just rotating the reel in both directions will not cover/uncover the pool. The pool blanket will just fall off the reel and sit in a pile beside the reel. So sophisticated cable systems are used to pull the blanket in the direction of the pool. Typically two cables are required on each side of the pool and work in conjunction with the reel to slowly unroll and pull the blanket over the pool. This would be enough but pool blankets are not rigid but made from thin flexible material and require guides and tracks on each side, along with the cables. This arrangement is designed for alignment and smooth operation, but it must be set up correctly and maintained to prevent jamming.

Built In Electric Pool Covers

These electric retractable pool covers must be installed and assembled when the pool is being constructed.

Pros

  • Safety cover
  • Purportedly easy to use off and on the pool
  • Reduces evaporation of water
  • Roller is usually installed below deck

Cons

  • Cost can range from $10,000 to $20,000 and up
  • Must be installed with a new pool
  • Complicated design with many components leads to questionable reliability
  • Excess water must be removed from the top of the pool cover with a pump
  • Pool cover typically needs to be replaced after 6 to 8 years at a cost of $2000 to $3500 plus installation
  • Motors may need to be replaced after a few years at a cost of $1000 to $1500 plus installation
  • Cable or rope failure replacement cost $800 plus installation
  • Maintenance cost to $500 every 3 to 4 years

Above Deck Electric Pool Covers

Deck automatic pool covers are electric driven and can be installed on the pool deck any time after the pool has been constructed.

Pros

  • Safety cover
  • Can be install after the pool has be constructed
  • Purportedly easy to use off and on the pool
  • Reduces evaporation of water

Cons

  • Cost can range from $8,000 to $10,000 and up
  • Complicated design with many components leads to questionable reliability
  • Track typically installed on deck, creates tripping hazard
  • Cover reel has to sit on the deck in a box with a lid
  • Doesn’t heat the pool’s water.
  • Excess water must be removed from the top of the pool cover with a pump
  • Pool cover typically needs to be replaced after 6 to 8 years at a cost of $2000 to $3500 plus installation
  • Motors may need to be replaced after a few years at a cost of $1000 to $1500 plus installation
  • Cable or rope failure replacement cost $800 plus installation
  • Maintenance cost to $500 every 3 to 4 years
Partial Electric Pool Cover

Semi-automatic pool covers are not automatic and require manual labor to operate. They require either strings or ropes to pull the cover over the pool. The only operation that is semi-automatic is the reel rotates with an electric motor. As the reel rotates manual alignment of the pool cover is required by pulling a string or rope and pulling the pool cover from side to side while stopping and starting the reel.

Pros

  • Uses any pool blanket
  • Can be install after the pool has be constructed
  • Reduces evaporation of water
  • No excess water gathers on top of the pool cover
  • Heats pool water when solar blanket is used

Cons

  • Not a safety cover
  • Not automatic, requires manual labor to operate (1 to 2 individuals)
  • Strings or rope required to pull to align cover
  • Permanently attached to deck
  • Must have access to opposite end of pool to pull rope or strings
COVERS in Play Automatic Pool Cover Solution

This patented unit, without cables or tracks, is a clean, simple system that takes advantage of the basic principle of motion of the reel and pool blanket. It allows the pool cover to be gently unrolled and positioned directly on the pool water or rolled up onto the reel electrically, automatically and without strings, cables, pulleys or tracks.

Pros

  • Uses any pool blanket, even your existing one
  • Can be install at existing pools
  • Easy to use on and off the pool
  • Reduces evaporation of water
  • No excess water gathers on top of the pool cover
  • Not permanently attached to deck and can be moved out of the way
  • No tracks, strings or rope required
  • No box or lid required to hide mechanism at the end of the pool deck
  • Simple design with less components
  • Reliable repeated operation
  • Heats pool water when solar blanket is used
  • Plugs into a 115 VAC GFCI standard plug
  • Low cost of only $2,499

Cons

  • Not a safety cover

COVERS in Play has seen the problems. And the Auto Pool Reel is the answer. Getting it on the pool? No problem. Getting it there every day? It’s easy. All by yourself? Sure, it’s electric.

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