Working with a Solar Cover
Our new pool is up and running! But the heater hasn't been hooked up yet (tomorrow, actually) and I want to make sure everything is working as expected before we close the pool for the season (live in southern NH). So at some point, we are going to crank up the heat (400k BTU heater) and get it up to swimming temperature for some swimming ,just to make sure it is all working.
This is going to be a fairly expensive endeavor, but I don't want to find out 6 months later that things weren't installed correctly. My wife is against solar covers. She thinks the look crummy and are hard to work with (we will not get a reel for our cover). She says that it will be bulky to store and hard and it needs to be kept dry to not get moldy (she had a pool growing up, I did not).
I think that having the solar cover will pay for itself in just this one experiment (heating our pool from 50-75 degrees when the nighttime temperature can be as low as 35). I have found a rectangular 20x40' cover for use on our non rectangular 24x41' pool for about $119 (shipping included).
My thought is I can cut the cover to get almost 100% coverage (it indents in one spot and out in another). With the cover cut in several pieces (maybe 4 or so), it will be easier to work with and store.
How do others deal with this? How do they store their solar cover (note, it is likely to only be used right when we open the pool and right before we close it, I am not likely to put it on and off throughout the summer). I have seen mixed reviews of the solar rings and I am not really fond of the images on the top of them. Is this question better suited for troublefreepools.com (I have frequented here more often, as there are more about pool builds here).