Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:59
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Thursday, 08 September 2011 10:00
What does a Daisy solar pool cover do?
It provides a physical barrier between the pool water and surrounding atmospheric temperature. A cover also helps prevent evaporation, heat loss, and chlorine gas from escaping.
Why do I need a Daisy cover?
A Daisy pool cover is environmentally responsible and economically sensible.
How does a Daisy solar pool cover warm the pool?
A Daisy pool cover allows the sun’s warmth to pass through into the water, just like a garden hot house.
How does it save water?
A Daisy pool cover prevents evaporation, which is a process that turns water to gas that dissipates into the atmosphere, much like a kettle boiling dry. The amount of water loss depends on the surface area of your pool, the temperature of the water and air, humidity and wind.
What is the life expectancy of a Daisy solar pool cover?
Typical life expectancies:
Daisy Series 8 500 micron cover
8 years pro-rata warranty, 8-10 year life expectancy
Daisy Series 5 400 micron cover
5 years pro-rata warranty, 5-6 year life expectancy
Daisy Series 4 300 micron cover
4 years pro-rata warranty, 4-5 year life expectancy
Daisy Series 3 200 micron cover
3 years pro-rata warranty, 3-4 year life expectancy
What limits the life of a Daisy solar pool cover?
A solar pool cover exists in a very harsh environment as it is constantly attacked by the chlorine in your pool water and from UV rays in the sun, the effects of which are magnified by Australia’s harsh summer temperatures. This is a combination of:
The concentration of sanitation chemicals usually chlorine in pool water
The intensity of UV rays
The heat of the pool water
How hot will my pool get?
The water temperature will rise by 6°C-8°C above the average ambient temperature, which is measured over the period of a week. Most people find they double their swimming season with a Daisy solar pool cover.
How do I get the dirt off the cover?
Dirt and debris will land on the cover before blowing off with the next puff of wind. Without a cover, the dirt gets wet and sinks into the pool.
Dirt will traditionally end up in one spot, depending on the prevailing wind. Simply scoop it off with your hands, or use a broom and dustpan to remove it. You can also turn on your pump and hose the dirt towards your skimmer box.
Is the cover easy to handle?
A Daisy pool cover without a roller is quite a large piece of material so when you don’t have a roller, it is much easier for two people to handle.
The easiest way is to have each person stand on either side of the cover, and together they concertina the cover on the ground. Each side should then be folded in to the middle and then picked up to be stored in the shade.
If only one person is available, they should kneel at the end of the pool, lean out as far as possible, pick up the centre of the cover and draw it towards them before forming the concertina pattern beneath their knees.
Do I need a Daisy roller system?
This will enable you to use the cover properly and increase its lifespan. A roller system also provides easy storage, as there is no need to move the Daisy solar pool cover into the shade due to the protective OverCover supplied with each roller at no extra cost.
How do I protect the cover when it is off the pool?
The OverCover supplied with the Daisy roller system is the best way to protect the pool cover when it is not in use.
If you don’t have a roller system, the cover must be removed and protected in full shade. The heat generating effect of the cover is magnified when folded, so placing it in full shade will ensure the quality of the material is not compromised.
Should I take the cover off if it gets too hot?
Yes. If the air temperature exceeds 35°C, it is recommended you remove the cover and place it in a protected, cooler spot. If temperatures reach this level while the pool cover is on a roller with the OverCover on, it is best to move both cover and roller into full shade.
Will the cover blow off?
No, provided it is properly fitted. The effect of the bubbles going down in the water creates more surface area in contact with the water than the flat pool area, resulting in high surface tension. In addition, provided the edges of the cover do not rise above the coping, the effect of any wind will create a downward pressure that will push the cover onto the water.
If winter rain has raised the pool water level, or the cover is too large for the pool and sits above the coping, high winds can get underneath the fabric and send it flying into your favourite rose bush.
Do I have to cover all of the water?
From the point of view of heating efficiency, no. It will heat effectively even if the pool is not completely covered however, it will enable dirt and debris to get into the pool. An edge along a step or an uncovered area will provide a point at which the wind can start to disturb the cover, which can potentially lift off the pool.