Pool Heating Options

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There are a lot of options for extending your swimming season.  They include both active heating and passive heat collection along with heat retention. Here are some basics to help you select the pool heating options that are right for you!

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Swimming Pool Covers

You can significantly reduce swimming pool heating costs by using a pool cover. Use of a pool cover also can help reduce the size of a solar pool heating system which can save money.

How Swimming Pool Covers Work to Heat Your Pool

Swimming pools lose energy in a variety of ways, but evaporation is by far the largest source of energy loss. Evaporating water requires tremendous amounts of energy. It only takes 1 Btu (British
thermal unit) to raise 1 pound of water 1 degree, but each pound of 80ºF water that evaporates takes a whopping 1,048 Btu of heat out of the pool.

Pool Energy Loss Characteristics

The evaporation rate from an outdoor pool varies depending on the pool’s temperature, air temperature and humidity, and the wind speed at the pool surface. The higher the pool temperature and wind speed and the lower the humidity, the greater the evaporation rate. In windy areas, you can add a windbreak—trees, shrubs, or a fence—to reduce evaporation. The windbreak needs to be high enough and close enough to the pool that it doesn’t create turbulence over the pool, which will increase evaporation. You also don’t want the windbreak to shade the pool from the sun, which helps heat it.

Pool Energy Loss Characteristics

Indoor pools aren’t subjected to the environment, but they still can lose a lot of energy from evaporation. They even require room ventilation to control indoor humidity caused by the large amount of evaporation. The ventilated air also must be conditioned, which adds to the energy costs.

Pool covers minimize evaporation from both outdoor and indoor pools. Covering a pool when it is not in use is the single most effective means of reducing pool heating costs.

Savings of 50%–70% are possible.Pool covers on indoor pools not only can reduce evaporation but also the need to ventilate indoor air and replace it with unconditioned outdoor air. You can also shut off exhaust fans when an indoor pool is covered, which saves even more energy.

Types of Swimming Pool Covers

Technically, all you really need for a pool cover is a large sheet of plastic. Plastic meets the requirement of being a vapor barrier.But a large sheet of plastic that you get from the lumber store is probably not your best choice. It will be very difficult to handle and store, it tears easily, and sunlight will deteriorate it rapidly.You can use a sheet of plastic, but it will be very inconvenient and it will probably only last 1 to 2 seasons maximum.It’s best to use a cover designed specifically for swimming pools. They’re made of special materials, such as UV-stabilized polyethylene,  polypropylene,  or vinyl. They can be transparent or opaque. Covers can even be light or dark colored.

clip_image023One of the lowest cost covers made specifically for swimming pools is the bubble (or solar) cover. Bubble covers are similar to bubble packing material except they use a thicker grade of plastic and have UV inhibitors. Vinyl covers consist of a heavier material and have a longer life expectancy than bubble covers. Insulated vinyl covers are also available with a thin layer of flexible insulation sandwiched between two layers of vinyl.

Outdoor pools gain heat from the sun, absorbing 75%–85% of the solar energy striking the pool surface. This is an important contribution to the pool’s heating needs. A pool cover will decrease the solar gain contribution to some extent, depending on what type you use. A transparent bubble cover may reduce pool solar energy absorption by 5%–15 %. A completely opaque cover will reduce it by 20%–40%. You need to consider this when selecting a pool cover.You also need to decide whether you want a manual, semi-automatic, or an automatic pool cover. You can manually pull the cover on and off, fold it, and place it somewhere out of the way. You can also purchase a pool cover reel to help manually roll up the pool cover. The reel, usually on wheels, can be rolled out of the way.Semi-automatic covers use a motor-driven reel system. They use electrical power to roll and unroll the cover, but usually require someone to pull on the cover when unrolling, or guide the cover onto the reel when rolling up the cover. Semi-automatic covers can be built into the pool deck surrounding the pool, or can use reels on carts.Automatic covers have permanently mounted reels that automatically cover and uncover the pool at the push of a button. They’re the most expensive option, but they’re also the most convenient. Some pool covers fit into tracks along the sides of the pool. This prevents anything or anybody from getting into the pool. They even support the weight of several people. If liability is a concern, these are a good option to explore. They can be run manually, semi-automatically, or automatically. Safety covers are recommended for public pools, and may be required by inspectors.

How to Use a Swimming Pool Cover

Pool covers should be used during your swimming season. If you use your pool during the daytime, take off the cover just before swimming and replace the cover as soon as you’re done using the pool. If you use your pool only at night, the effectiveness of a pool cover will depend on whether the evaporation and other losses prevented by the cover exceed the solar gain reduction caused by the cover. The type of cover and the climate affects this balance. In dry and/or windy conditions, the evaporation rate of the pool increases. Therefore, it is generally beneficial to have a transparent or bubble cover on during daylight hours. In warm, humid conditions the evaporation rate decreases. In this case, it may be more beneficial to leave the cover off during the daytime.

Other Swimming Pool Cover Benefits

Besides offering energy savings, pool covers also do the following:

  • Conserve water by reducing the amount of make-up water needed by 30%–50%
  • Reduce the pool’s chemical consumption by 35%–60%
  • Reduce cleaning time by keeping dirt and other debris out of the pool.

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What Are Solar Sun Rings?

The Solar Sun Ring is a passive solar swimming pool heating device made from two sheets of heavyweight U.V. resistant vinyl. The upper clear layer holds insulating air and focuses sunlight on the blue colored lower layer.The blue layer absorbs about 50% of the sunlight and converts it to heat. The balance of the sunlight is allowed to pass through for deep water heating.

Solar Sun RingHow Solar Sun Rings Work to Heat Your Pool

At night the contained air acts as an insulating blanket to retain heat gained during daylight. Solar Sun Rings are equipped with six magnets to improve clarity and decreasehardness of the water in your pool. The magnets are positioned to facilitate rafting. The strength of the magnets will permit single position removal but will easily separate to prevent entrapment in accidental falls.

Solar Sun Rings were designed to be compatible with automatic pool cleaners. In the event the suction hose catches on a ring, the ring will separate from the raft to allow the pool cleaner to continue. Neither water nor pool chemicals can evaporate through the Solar Sun Rings two layers of heavyweight vinyl. You will save water and chemicals about equal to the percentage of the surface covered. Once the water in your pool has reached adequate temperature, Solar Sun Rings may be turned over to conserve water by limiting evaporation without significantly heating the water.

SOLAR SUN RINGS EXCEPTIONAL FEATURES

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No other floating solar cover matches Solar Sun Rings design for safety. Countless pets and many people have died because of entrapment with the one piece bubble pack covers. The primary design-criteria of the Solar Sun Ring was to prevent entrapment.

Durability:

Once the design for the Solar Sun Ring was established the material selection began. Polyethylene plastic, which is used for all bubble pack covers, was rejected because of it’s intolerance to and degradation in direct sunlight and inability to retain air. High quality ultra violet resistant vinyl (polyvinyl chloride) is used exclusively for durability that cannot be achieved by the inferior plastic used in bubble pack covers. Vinyl will normally outlast polyethylene 3 to 1. The vinyl used to manufacture Solar Sun Rings is not destroyed by pH fluctuation, higher than normal chlorine concentration or salt water systems. Furthermore, vinyl is easily repaired if punctured.

Solar Efficiency:

By using the high quality polished vinyl for the top layer and a 50% density lightly frosted lower layer, we achieved a solar efficiency that greatly surpasses bubble pack covers. The milky translucent inferior plastic used in bubble pack covers reflects much of the sun’s energy and fails to allow adequate deep water heating. Solar Sun Rings design and materials allow greater solar efficiency with greater nighttime insulation due to greater captive air thickness. Solar Sun Rings were designed to safely heat swimming pools, not cushion packages. The effect is that Solar Sun Rings with 70% to 80% coverage outperform bubble pack covers with 100% coverage.

Mustard Algae:

The 100% coverage and inefficient solar effect of bubble pack covers creates additional problems. By blocking all direct sunlight, mustard algae will form within a very short time. This negates the continuous use of the bubble pack covers. The Solar Sun Ring with its increased solar efficiency is designed for continuous use without culturing a pool full of mustard algae.

Compatibility:

The Solar Sun Ring is designed to be compatible with automatic pool cleaners. The many features that give Solar Sun Rings greater safety at the same allow them to be used with automatic pool cleaners. Solar Sun Rings are also compatible with solar panel systems giving a pool a double shot of the sun’s energy during the day and great nighttime insulation.

Placement and Removal: 

Solar Sun Rings were designed for easy placement and removal by one person. The magnets for conditioning the water are placed into the perimeter of each ring to facilitate rafting. The five foot diameter of each ring also allows for easy cleaning.

Aesthetics:

We have never heard anyone praise the aesthetics of the bubble pack cover. Solar Sun Rings were designed to add festive colors to an otherwise drab device. The silk screen printing of the Solar Sun Rings is similar to a window screen to allow solar heating while adding color to the swimming pool.

clip_image027In an ongoing test at the National Pool Industry Research Center in California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and during the summer months of 2005, Solar Sun Rings™ proves a total heat input to test pools of 21,000 BTU (or 84,000 Heat Joules) per day for each unit. This result was validated by repeatedly heating 10′ x 19′ test pools to a maximum of 8 degrees farenheit in 4 days and reached plateau after that. Approximately 67% of the pool was covered with Solar Sun Rings™.

Storage:

Because the solar thermal genesis and insulation properties of Solar Sun Rings is so great, when they are removed from the pool, they must be stored out of direct sunlight to prevent overheating. You especially don’t want to leave them on your lawn, even for a brief time!

How Many Solar Sun Rings Do I Need?

We recommend enough Solar Sun Rings be purchased to cover 70% to 80% of your pools surface, ignoring the small triangles between the rings  .Click here to find out how many rings your poolneeds!

How Do I Clean My Solar Sun Rings?

After removal from the swimming pool Solar Sun Rings can be easily cleaned with a sponge and mild detergent solution.

 

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Solar Fish – Liquid Solar Blanket 
Product Information:

Liquid Solar Cover for PoolsHeatsavr™ is a transparent liquid solar pool blanket that greatly reduces heat loss. Evaporation is one of the main forms of heat loss from swimming pools and spas; slowing it can yield large cost savings.Heatsavr™ is made of simple biodegradable ingredients that form the best barrier currently available to slow heat and water loss.Heatsavr™ will save energy in every pool, but heat cost savings vary according to the hours of swimmer use per day, ventilation efficiency, and especially the type and cost of fuel used. The cost of energy also varies from region to region. Tests have proven that heating bill savings range from a low of 15.5% at a high use 50 meter municipal pool, to a high of 40% at a low use condominium pool.

Heatsavr™ is designed for commercial pool owners and Ecosavr is designed for residential pool owners, the difference being in the delivery system.Heatsavr™ can be applied manually or by the Automatic Metering System (AMS).Ecosavr™ is a small disposable plastic fish containing the Heatsavr™ liquid. The product is dispensed through a patented valve in the fin and forms a
transparent, mono-molecular layer on your pool.

Ecosavr™ and Heatsavr™ belong to a family of innovative water and energy conservation products developed by Flexible Solutions Limited of Victoria, BC. Our products are proven to conserve heat, energy, water and are environmentally friendly and safe.

Using Ecosavr™ is convenient and easy to use: just snip the fin, squeeze out any air and toss it into your pool. With no cover to roll up or store, your pool is ready to use whenever you want!

What is the difference between Heatsavr
and Ecosavr™?

Heatsavr™ is a transparent liquid solar blanket that greatly reduces heat loss. Heatsavr™ is designed for commercial pool owners and Ecosavr™ is designed for residential pool owners;
the difference is their delivery system. Heatsavr™ can be applied manually or by the automatic metering system. Ecosavr™ is a small disposable plastic fish containing Heatsavr™ liquid. The product is dispensed through a patented valve in the fin, and forms a transparent, one molecule thick layer on your pool. One Ecosavr™ will last for approximately a month.

How does Ecosavr™ work?

When Ecosavr™ is applied to a pool it quickly spreads over the surface of the water, creating an invisible, mono molecular blanket. These self-spreading molecules are microscopic and
safely travel through circulation systems and filter media of all types. The product is completely safe for all pool users and is biodegradable.

Can I swim while Heatsavr™ or Ecosavr™ is in use?

Yes; Heatsavr™ and Ecosavr™ are tested and proven to be absolutely safe. The product is designed to be in use 24 hours a day, which creates a distinct advantage over standard pool blankets.

Are Heatsavr ™and Ecosavr™ environmentally friendly?

Yes. Not only does Heatsavr™ and Ecosavr™ biodegrade into safe, simple compounds in approximately 24-48 hours, but the reduction in energy use is especially beneficial. Swimmers in the
pool will not know it is in use.

Are Heatsavr™ and Ecosavr ™safe for  my filters and plumbing?

Yes; Heatsavr™ is non-corrosive. There is no detrimental effect on pipes, pumps, valves, chlorine controllers, or filters commonly used in pool applications.

What is the dosage required for my pool?

One “EcoFish” will cover an area of approximately 400 sq. feet (31-42 Sq. Meters), or 15,000 gallons, and will last approximately one month. For pools from 400 sq ft to 800 sq. ft, or between 15,000 and 30,000 gallons, two Ecosavr™ are required.Heatsavr:

How & Why It WorksAn Explanation for Non-Chemists

Heatsavr™ works by slowing evaporation from the surface of a swimming pool; either indoor or outdoor.When your pool is warmer than the air around it, or when the air has lower than 100% humidity, your pool ‘sweats’. Invisible steam escapes into the air and blows away from outdoor pools, or is exhausted by the air handling system of an indoor pool. It takes fuel energy to heat the pool water, and fuel costs money. The escaping steam of a pool is 70% of the cost of keeping your pool water warm enough to attract paying customers.

Heatsavr™ is an effective method in reducing the steam loss per hour and therefore the dollar cost of keeping your pool warm. It does this by forming a safe invisible layer one to two molecules thick on the surface of the pool.Heatsavr™ is a mixture of carefully chosen ingredients which are lighter than water so that they automatically float to the surface. They are attracted to each other so that they try always to form a perfect very thin layer over the whole pool surface. They are individually so small that they are 500 times smaller than the spaces in a super high quality filter. After a swimmer stops disturbing the water they rush to reform a complete layer because they are molecularly organized and happiest that way.And most importantly – when they are in position they REDUCE THE SWEATING SPEED OF THE POOL BY UP TO ONE HALF.

Heatsavr™ theoretically could save half your heat bill if no one ever swam in the pool and if the circulation pump were turned off. This is not likely but Heatsavr™ does achieve savings as high as 40%. Most pools will find energy bill reductions between 17% and 30%. For every dollar spent on Heatsavr™,  you should expect a minimum of three dollars off your heat bill. Pool managers buy Heatsavr™ for a variety of reasons. Saving money on their energy bills is the biggest one. Others are already using a pool blanket and find that while there are energy savings, there are also inconveniences and that staff are not motivated to use the blankets correctly and consistently.
Heatsavr™’s ease of use without loss of energy savings is attractive to these operators. Some indoor pool operators are primarily interested in reducing the humidity levels in their pool rooms. They don’t mind receiving the energy savings as a bonus.

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Solar Swimming Pool Heaters

You can significantly reduce swimming pool heating costs by installing a solar pool heater. They’re cost competitive with both gas and heat pump pool heaters, and they have very low annual operating costs. Actually, solar pool heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates.

How They Work

Example of how a solar collector works

Most solar pool heating systems include the following:Solar Pool Heating Panel

  • A solar collector — the device through which pool water is circulated to be heated by the sun
  • A filter — removes debris before water is pumped through the collector
  • A pump — circulates water through the filter and collector and back to the pool
  • A flow control valve — automatic or manual device that diverts pool water through the solar collector.

Pool water is pumped through the filter and then through the solar collector(s), where it is heated before it is returned to the pool. In hot climates, the collector(s) can also be used to cool the pool during peak summer months by circulating the water through the collector(s) at night.Some systems include sensors and an automatic or manual valve to divert water through the collector(s) when the collector temperature is sufficiently greater than the pool temperature. When the collector temperature is similar to the pool temperature, filtered water simply bypasses the collector(s) and is returned to the pool.Solar pool collectors are made out of different materials. The type you’ll need depends on your climate and how you intend to use the collector. If you’ll only be using your pool when temperatures are above freezing, then you’ll probably only need an unglazed collector system. Unglazed collectors don’t include a glass covering (glazing). They are generally made of heavy-duty rubber or plastic treated with an ultraviolet (UV) light inhibitor to extend the life of the panels.

Example of a solar pool heating system

Solar Pool Heating SystemBecause of their inexpensive parts and simple design, unglazed collectors are usually less expensive than glazed collectors. These unglazed systems can even work for indoor pools in cold climates if the system is designed to drain back to the pool when not in use. Even if you have to shut the system down during cold weather, unglazed collectors may be more cost effective than installing a more expensive glazed collector system.Glazed collector systems are generally made of copper tubing on an aluminum plate with an iron-tempered glass covering, which increases their cost. In colder weather, glazed collector systems—with heat exchangers and transfer fluids—capture solar heat more efficiently than unglazed systems. Therefore, they can be used year-round in many climates. Glazed collectors also can be used to heat domestic hot water year-round.Both glazed and unglazed collector systems should include freeze protection if they’ll be used in colder conditions.

Selecting a Solar Pool Heater

A solar pool heating system usually costs between $3,000 and $4,000 to buy and install.This provides a payback of between 1.5 and 7 years, depending on your local fuel costs.They also typically last longer than gas and heat pump pool heaters. Your actual cost and payback depend on many factors.Therefore, before you purchase and install a solar pool heating system, you should do the following:

  • Evaluate your site’s solar resource
  • Determine the correct system size
  • Determine the system’s efficiency
  • Compare system costs
  • Investigate local codes, covenants, and regulations

Installation and Maintenance of a Solar Pool Heater

The proper installation of a solar pool heating system depends on many factors. These factors include solar resource, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues. Therefore, it’s best to have a qualified solar thermal systems contractor install your system.After installation, properly maintaining your system will keep it running smoothly for 10–20 years. Consult your contractor and read your owner’s manual for maintenance requirements. Your collector should require little maintenance if the pool’s chemical balance and filtering system are checked regularly. Glazed collectors may need to be cleaned in dry climates where rainwater doesn’t provide a natural rinse.

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Gas Swimming Pool Heaters

Gas-fired pool heaters remain the most popular system for heating swimming pools. Today you can find new gas-fired heater models with much higher efficiencies than older models. Still, depending on your climate and pool use, they may not be the most energy-efficient option when compared to heat pump and solar pool heaters.

How Gas Swimming Pool Heaters Work

Gas Pool HeaterGas pool heaters use either natural gas or propane. As the pump circulates the pool’s water, the water drawn from the pool passes through a filter and then to the heater. The gas burns in the heater’s combustion chamber, generating heat that transfers to the water that’s returned to the pool.They’re most efficient when heating pools for short periods of time, and they’re ideal for quickly heating pools. Therefore, gas pool heaters can
be a good choice for pools that aren’t used on a regular basis. Unlike heat pump and solar pool heaters, gas pool heaters can maintain any desired temperature regardless of the weather or climate.

Selecting a Gas Pool Heater

When selecting a gas swimming pool heater,  you need to consider the following:

  • Size
  • Efficiency
  • Costs

Installation and Maintenance of a Gas Pool Heater

Proper installation and maintenance of your gas pool heater can optimize its efficiency. It’s best to have a qualified pool professional install the heater and even perform complicated maintenance or repair tasks.

Read your owner’s manual for a maintenance schedule and/or recommendations. You’ll probably need to tune up your pool heater annually. Also, scaling in the burner or heat exchanger may decrease efficiency over a period of time. With proper installation and maintenance, gas pool heaters typically last five or more years.

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Heat Pump Swimming Pool Heaters

If you want an energy-efficient way to heat your swimming pool, consider using a heat pump pool heater.

How Swimming Pool Heat Pumps Work

Swimming Pool Heat PumpHeat pump

Heat pumps use electricity to capture heat and move it from one place to another. They don’t generate heat. As the pool pump circulates the swimming pool’s water, the water drawn from the pool passes through a filter and the heat pump heater. The heat pump heater has a fan that draws in the outside air and directs it over the evaporator coil. Liquid refrigerant within the evaporator coil absorbs the heat from the outside air and becomes a gas. The warm gas in the coil then passes through the compressor. The compressor increases the heat, creating a very hot gas that then passes through the condenser. The condenser transfers the heat from the hot gas to the cooler pool water circulating through the heater. The heated water then returns to the pool. The hot gas, as it flows through the condenser coil, returns to liquid form and back to the evaporator, where the whole process begins again.

Higher efficiency heat pump pool heaters usually use scroll compressors versus the reciprocal compressors of standard units. Heat pump pool heaters work efficiently as long as the outside temperature remains above the 45ºF–50ºF range.The cooler the outside air they draw in, the more energy they use. However, since most people use outdoor swimming pools during warm and mild weather, this usually isn’t an issue.

Example of how a heat pump operateHow a Heat Pump Workss

Selecting a Heat Pump Pool Heater

When selecting a heat pump pool heater, you should consider its:

  • Size
  • Efficiency
  • Costs

Heat pump pool heaters cost more than gas pool heaters, but they typically have much lower annual operating costs because of their higher efficiencies. With proper maintenance, heat pump pool heaters typically last longer than gas pool heaters. Therefore, you’ll save more money in the long run.

Installation and Maintenance of a Swimming Pool Heat Pump

Proper installation and maintenance of your heat pump pool heater can optimize its efficiency. It’s best to have a qualified pool professional install the heater, especially the electric hookup, and perform complicated maintenance or repair tasks.

Read your owner’s manual for a maintenance schedule and/or recommendations. You’ll probably need to tune up your pool heater annually. Because of a heat pump pool heater’s many moving and electrical parts, it will probably require periodic service by an air conditioning technician.With proper installation and maintenance, heat pump pool heaters can last 10 or more years.

 
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Sun Dome Pool Enclosure

Above Ground Domes

Product Details

Above Ground Sun DomeOur Sun Dome enclosure for your above ground pool will lengthen your swimming season and keep your pool cleaner from harmful air-borne debris and pollutants. The above ground domes come in two shapes either rounds or ovals. Our Sun Domes will fit most round or oval above ground pools.

clip_image007The Sun Dome also helps prevent water evaporation and is easy to assemble. For an above ground pool it would take 2 people about 2 or 3 hours to put up. Once it is assembled it is very easy to take down and put up again.

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clip_image010Our Sun Dome enclosure for your in-ground pool is rectangular in shape and comes in different dimensions. The in-ground domes also require a lumber base that is not provided.

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clip_image009frequently asked questions about sun domes

What are the benefits of having a Sun Dome on my pool?

Warming and heating is one of the key benefits – it warms the air (40 degrees) and water with solar heat up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.It also protects your pool from leaves, bugs, debris and early spring or late summer breezes.Moreover, because your pool is protected, you cut down on the use of chemicals and expensive cleaning costs.

Is there a Sun Dome to fit my pool?

We can fit almost any round or oval above-ground pool. Sun Domes for in-ground pools are rectangle in shape. Please check out our Sun Dome Product Page to help you find the right Sun Dome for your pool.

What is the Sun Dome made of?

The cover material is 12-mil double polished clear vinyl.

The frame is 1″ diameter polished aluminum tubes.Neoprene shock chords attach to grommets to secure the enclosure over your pool.

Is there a Warranty?

Your Sun Dome is covered for One year for defects in material or workmanship. The average life of the Sun Dome Vinyl is 3 – 5 years depending on the environment it is exposed to and how well it is cared for.

Can I install a Sun Dome myself?

Most of our customers do install the Sun Dome easily at home. Generally, it takes 2 – 3 hours, assuming you have a power drill, measuring tape and duct tape.

In-ground pool domes however require more installation – generally for this product you should assume it would take two men, 8 hours.

What about winter weather conditions?

The Sun Domes will usually take winds up to 40-45 mph, however, it is not made to withstand heavy sustained winds, and more important, the weight of snow.

In heavy snowfall areas, it is necessary to remove the dome before the first snowfall, on a sunny day.

How do I clean my Sun Dome?

We suggest cleaning the Sun Dome with mild soap and water – dish or car wash soap work best. Test a small patch first to ensure the product you select works properly. Please note: do not use any oil-based products, as it will damage the vinyl.There are no cleaning requirements, however if there is lots of debris on your Sun Dome we suggest you clean it before storing.

What if my Sun Dome gets punctured or damaged?

We supply a patch with every Sun Dome when it is sent to you.However, if you need additional patch vinyl material, please contact fabrico  directly.

How do you take down a Sun Dome and how do you store it?

In order to take down the Sun Dome, simply unsnap the neoprene cords all the way around the pool and gently tug the cover up and over the frame.Make sure the cover is clean and dry prior to folding it for storage. It can be rolled up, similar to a sleeping bag and should be stored in a cool dry place when not in use.Also, cornstarch can be sprinkled between the folds of the vinyl to keep it from sticking together.If a dome cover is wet prior to storing it may turn milky white. However, this condition will clear up once the cover is back on the frame and exposed to sunlight.

Does my Sun Dome protect me from harmful UV Rays?

While it is not intended for sun-protection… It will keep UV Rays out.You can get a slight tan with the dome on, but you will not get a sun burn.