We wanted to educate the public that swimming pool or spa covers can offer many key benefits that they might find surprising
(PRWEB UK) 3 June 2013
While most swimming pool or spa owners understand that it’s a good idea to have a pool cover to keep out debris, leading UK retailer 1st Direct has found that many of their customers are not aware of many of the important benefits that covers can bring if used correctly.
For this reason, 1st Direct offers pool owners some top tips on how pool covers can advantageously be used:
Major Savings on Energy Bills
Especially with the exorbitant price hikes on energy bills that British households have suffered over the past year, 1st Direct advises that pool covers are just the ticket for cutting costs on heating and electricity. Most people do not realise that a pool or spa cover can bring savings of as much as 50%–70% on annual energy fees.
In addition, by covering a swimming pool or hot tub when it is not in use, the warmth that has been generated by the heating system or the sun in summer will effectively be retained to keep the water ambient without the need to use additional energy. Even the least expensive vinyl and solar pool covers go a long way in preventing precious heat from escaping.
Reduction of Pool Chemicals Needed for Sanitisation
1st Direct strongly recommend pool or spa covers as a way to minimise the amount of sanitisation chemicals needed to keep the water clean and safe for bathers. This is because water evaporation (which includes the chlorine etc. that has been added to it) is prevented by using a cover – households can reduce their pool’s chemical consumption by as much as 35% to 60%, which will bring further savings.
Many swimming pool and spa owners are not aware that there are specialised covers available which are strong enough to sustain the weight of children and pets if they should accidentally fall in, making them an essential failsafe as well as bringing all the top benefits described above. Some models, such as those made with fibreglass mesh, can hold up to 400 pounds of weight per square foot, meaning they can even withstand an adult falling on them without caving in. 1st Direct advises however that safety covers are only effective if they are properly secured – because they are naturally heavy, people will need to invest in a roller to put the cover in place and take it off. Alternatively and more conveniently, automatic track systems are available that move the cover at the turn of a lever or simple touch of a button.
Verdun Bailey, Director of 1st Direct, concluded: “We wanted to educate the public that swimming pool or spa covers can offer many key benefits that they might find surprising. There are now a number of options to choose from when it comes to covers, and we hope that our tips on what they can best be used for will help consumers make the right choice for their individual needs.”