Three Ways to Heat Up Your Pool

Swimming in a pool is one of the most relaxing things you could do after a long day. It’s also a great activity you’re just looking to distress and get a bit of exercise in. Unfortunately, it can be a bit of a bummer if the pool is uncomfortably cold!

While it may not be an issue mid summer, if you are trying to swim in the spring or even in the fall then there’s a good chance the water may be too cold for comfort.

Fortunately, there are several ways to heat up your pool. We’ll go over the pros and cons of each approach, including when each one may be a good/bad choice, and an approximate cost.

1. Pool Heater

A pool heater is the first choice that comes to mind for most people, and they typically work well for both above ground and inground pools. You can’t really go wrong with a pool heater, as they work in all situations and for all types of pools.

You can expheat pumpect these to cost around $1,o00-$2,500 which is definitely not cheap, but is a lower up front cost than pool heat pumps (which we’ll talk about below). However, pool heaters are typically less energy efficient and are more expensive to use.

Pool heaters are great for all types of situations and climates, and can be used to extend the swimming season beyond just summer. If you think a pool heater is best for you, we invite you to take a look at these set of reviews on various pool heaters.

2. Pool Heat Pumps

Pool heat pumps are not as numerous as pool heaters, but they are rapidly gaining popularity. Although they can be about $2,000-$3,5000, the long term running costs are much cheaper.

This is because they use the ambient air and don’t require as much electricity and gas (as some pool heaters require). If you’re really environmentally conscious then these are great options because they use less energy.heat pump2

Unfortunately, they’re not perfect and not for everybody. Pool heat pumps are really only available for inground pools, so if you have an above ground pool then heat pumps aren’t a viable option. Additionally, pool heat pumps require the temperature to be at least 50 degrees, since they use the surrounding air. Anything lower than that and they won’t really work.

This means that if your climate is on the colder side, then pool heat pumps may  not be for you. Though they work just as well in warm temperature, they are better used to heat up a pool in already acceptable weather conditions for swimming.

3. Solar Pool Covers

Solar pool covers are very different from the two above choices. They are the cheapest (about $100), and the most energy efficient. In fact, they don’t require any energy since a solar pool cover consists of a few layers of plastic.

Don’t worry, you’re not just paying for unimpressive sheets of plastic. There is a bit of technology and research behind these pool heating blankets. In fact, they are specifically designed to trap heat from the sun and keep it from escaping your pool.

These covers also reduce evaporation, which is how a lot of heat escapes from pools. There are a TON of other benefits to reducing evaporation, but we won’t go further down that route.

Like pool heat pumps, solar pool covers aren’t for cooler climates. Since they require energy and heat from the sun, they are best used in warm climates. Surprisingly, they can easily boost the water temperature 5 to 10 degrees, depending on the climate.

Overall, they’re a great choice, but you don’t have a lot of control over them unlike pool heaters and heat pumps which you can control with a control panel.

4. Pool Enclosures

Pool enclosures work very similarly to solar pool covers. They trap the solar energy like a greenhouse and are very effective at trapping heat, warming up the area around your pool and your swimming pool.

Swimming in Spring

Pool enclosures also act as an insulator retaining the heat gain. Like with solar pool covers, pool enclosures will heat up your pool and pool area when the sun is out or even on a cloudy day.  But you can’t set a temperature for the pool water or pool area like you can with heaters and pumps, but it’s still very effective and you can expect a 15 to 30 plus degree difference from the outside temperature.

Although increased pool temperature isn’t the main reason you’d get a pool enclosure, it’s certainly a great benefit. There are actually a TON of reasons to get pool enclosures. For a list of some other reasons to get an automatic pool enclosure check out this page.


We can’t say there is a best choice, as each option serves different needs.

We encourage you to purchase a pool heater and enclosure, if you really want to be able to swim whenever you want, no matter what the weather conditions are. However, if you have an inground pool and live in a warmer climate, pool heat pumps may be better for you. This is because they are cheaper to run and can still be used to heat up your pool throughout most of the year (especially if you live in California or Florida!).

Finally, solar pool covers are great if you’re extremely environmentally conscious, want a low up front cost, and don’t mind depending on solar energy to heat up your pool. You’ll lack the ability to control the water temperature, but at a fraction of the cost of the other 2 choices, solar pool covers can definitely be worth it.

Hopefully we were able to provide a little bit of insight about various ways to heat up your pool. It’s up to you to decide on what’s best for you, but if you have any questions feel free to drop us a question in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

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Take the Cleaning out of Spring Cleaning

Reduce your spring cleaning list with a retractable pool enclosure
Spring is almost here! The weather is warmer, the sun is making a reappearance and every day brings us closer to summer, and summer means one thing: time to re-open the swimming pool.

But wait. Before the excitement that comes with relaxing by the pool on those hot summer days and pool parties on those long summer nights, you’ve got to open your pool. This means removing your winter durable pool cover, fishing out the leaves and debris, sometimes draining your pool and re-filling it and adjusting the Ph levels.
So much work to enjoy the benefits of a pool in the summer!

Swimming in Spring

Enjoy Spring Swimming

With Cover’s In Play’s automatic retractable pool enclosure, none of this is necessary! Your pool is ready to enjoy whenever the weather is or not. Our sturdy panels mean no debris falling in your pool and the warm air inside your enclosure means your pool can be kept open year ‘round. No opening and closing necessary! Plus, with our dual grade, built-in heating system, you can swim through the fall and winter, no matter the weather! But when you’re ready to enjoy the warm summer air, just push a button and your outdoor swimming pool awaits.

So why not start really enjoying your backyard pool without the hassles of opening, closing and cleaning every year. Covers In Play not only guarantees a year full of swimming but also fun year round!

Happy spring!

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Swimming in Your Savings

Find out how much $$$ you can keep in your pockets with retractable pool enclosure

With a pool enclosure, you can save hundreds of dollars you would usually spend maintaining your pool each year. Here are some things you can save on when investing in a CoversInPlay Pool Enclosure.
• Pool heater maintenance
• Water level maintenance
• Winterizing
• Re-opening
• High-end filters
• Pool covers

Beyond the basics, there is a wide range of aspects you can save on when covering your pool with an enclosure. Replacing things such as patio furniture, pool liners, and pool covers won’t be needed as often with the protection of a pool enclosure. All the costs of winterizing and re-opening your pool will be eliminated and less of your money will be put towards high-end filters and pool vacuums. With an endless list of savings, there’s no doubt you’ll get your money’s worth when investing in a pool enclosure!

Enjoy the Outdoors

Enjoy the Outdoors

Here are some pool maintenance statistics of average reported costs worldwide…
Project Average Most spent between
weekly $177 $85- $278
monthly $190 $78- $302
Opening and closing $266 $185- $354

When it comes to value, Covers in Play’s retractable pool enclosure is extremely cost-effective. Our enclosures are a much more cost effective and functional alternative to building an indoor structure. It comes with all the same benefits, plus the ability to retract your enclosure when the weather permits, at a fraction of the price.

Our retractable pool enclosures make your pool a positive asset to your property. When adding an enclosure to your property, it has the potential to significantly increase your overall property value.

When considering whether to purchase a Covers in Play pool enclosure, consider the benefits you could gain with your investment!

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Come visit us at the International Pool/Spa/Patio Convention!

At the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA
On November 2nd through November 4th

November is quickly approaching… and we are happy to announce that we are one of the newest exhibitors at the International Pool, Spa and Patio Convention.

What to Expect from COVERSINPLAY
Take a peek of our fully functional enclosure unit on display

Flip through our books and check out previous projects

Pool Spa & Pool Trade Show Booth

Pool Spa & Pool Trade Show Booth New Orleans 2016

And catch a glimpse of our new Auto Pool Reel, the world’s first automatic trackless retractable pool blanket system. The Simple Touch deployment system allows anyone to put the blanket directly on the water with just the push of a button. (See more information)

And finally, get an idea of what it would be like sitting under a retractable pool/spa enclosure!

Join us! Come check us out at booth #1363 and let COVERS in Play build a unique pool enclosure or supply our automatic pool cover for you

And while you’re there, check out a few of the show floor highlights this year…
 Booth Scavenger Hunt
Find new products, meet new exhibitors and have a chance of winning $2,000 cash by participating in the Booth Scavenger Hunt game!

 Casual Furniture Marketplace
Don’t miss the debut of this new pavilion where all the newest exterior design furniture, emerging technologies and the unique offerings can be found.

 Genesis Lifestyle Program
Stop by this pavilion to see products and services from some of the top creative designers and builders in the watershape industry while enjoying wine and cheese.

 Genesis Design/Build/Landscape Pavilion
Stop by this pavilion to see products and services from some of the top creative designers and builders in the watershape industry while enjoying wine and cheese.

 Product Showcase
Find exactly what you need to keep your business on the cutting-edge by seeing, trying and comparing the latest new, cool and green products.

 BBQ Bash
Attend the BBQ Bash for a closer look at the products you saw earlier on the show floor through culinary samplings prepared on sponsor-featured grills. Free admission, pre-registration required.

 Splash Talks
Learn more about targeted hot topics affecting the industry from social media to Creating the Dream Outdoor Kitchen Experience.

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Cover in Play’s List of Unique Ways to use a Retractable Enclosure

Our retractable pool enclosures aren’t just for covering pools, the uses are endless! Here are some interesting uses for our enclosures you might not have thought of…

1. Restaurant Patios
Everyone loves dining outdoors in the summer, even at their favourite restaurant. But why not maximize the use of your restaurant patio. This way, customers can enjoy eating outside all year round. With a lean-to enclosure (attached to the side wall of your restaurant) you can serve your food inside and out all year long. And in the summer, when the weather is nice, simply push and button and open the enclosure to enjoy your outdoor space in the summer heat!

2. Green House Gardens
Why not extend your garden usage and grow your plants all year ‘round? With a retractable enclosure, you can manage the temperature of your space, and protect your plants from pesky bugs and animals. Furthermore, with extra features such as tinted panels to protect from the sun, you can customize your space to allow you to grow any kind of plant you want!

3. Backyard Ponds
If you’ve got a backyard pond full of fish or other water animals, why not cover them up and watch them swim all season, no matter the weather! An enclosure also keeps away insects and animals, and reduces water evaporation from the sun.

4. Skylights
Yes, we do skylights too! Have a space in your house where you’d like some natural light, or maybe replace your old skylight! We can customize our panels to fit any space.

5. Hot Tubs
Even though hot tubs are hot enough to use during every season, an enclosure can offer protection from wind, rain, sun and provide privacy.

Spa Enclosure

No matter how you want to use your retractable pool enclosure, at Covers In Play, we’ve got you covered!

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My Experience With A Retractable Pool Enclosure

I have had the privilege of having an enclosure in my backyard since I was six years old. It is a real treat being able to swim year ‘round but it’s really the beauty of each season that I can admire through the walls of the enclosure that I love so much.

We live in Canada, so we get the full four seasons (including a pretty rough winter) and watching each season change is really exciting when you have a retractable pool enclosure. It’s like a little bubble of tropical vacation that I can carry with me through each season. My favourite season to swim however is the fall. Some of my favourite memories is swimming and hanging out in the warmth of the enclosure while admiring the colourful leaves on the trees just outside.

Through the years, I’ve watched our backyard oasis grow into something truly spectacular. Vines hang over the rocks at the end of our pool, trees and flowers bloom at any time of the year, and I get a little piece of summer no matter what each season brings. But aside from the beauty of the backyard, having an enclosure has been quite the adventure! Pool parties with my friends are always a hit, even Christmas pool parties (which doesn’t typically exist in Canada) have been a blast. Two of my favourite pool parties have actually taken place while the enclosure was closed. The first started out as any average pool party, the sun was shining, it was a hot summer day and the enclosure was wide open, but as the day progressed a massive thunder storm broke loose and we had to close it, I was really disappointed. But it turned out to be one of the coolest swimming experiences ever, watching the rain and lightning while swimming and blasting music was super exciting and fun.

A few years later for a birthday pool party, my Dad made us a zip line that we attached to the top of one side of the enclosure to the other. Zip lining into the water was one of the best birthday parties I had and my friends had the time of their life! Above all, my favourite thing to do in our enclosure takes place in the winter. My sister and I love to go outside and roll in the snow and then jump back into the warmth of the pool. But besides the thrilling idea of snow and swimming, at the end of the day it’s just nice to spend a night with my family, lounging by the pool without the mosquitoes (which usually eat me alive by the way).
Pool Enclosure Open
Overall, our enclosure is like a little summer oasis that you can step into whatever the weather, it’s a real retreat from the harsh weather conditions we have here and I do everything from swimming to doing my homework in there.

Thanks for the memories Covers In Play.

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Covers in Play’s Top Tips


Buying an Enclosure is very exciting. But, it’s also a big commitment and can be overwhelming. You want to make sure you’ve got everything right – the type and size of the Enclosure, placement of the Enclosure, and so on. At Covers in Play, we can help with all of that! With custom computer models, drawings and a variety of materials and Enclosure types to choose from, we can help the process of completing your outdoor space. Here are two tips to help take the stress out of buying an Enclosure.

1. Do Your Research
When it comes to Enclosures, the options can seem endless. There are Enclosures of many styles, sizes and our Enclosures are customized to suit your needs. Purchasing a retractable Enclosure gives you the freedom to open and close your Enclosure for optimum use and flexibility. Our Enclosures are also built to withstand varying climates across North America to ensure that your Enclosure lasts through every season. Make sure to spend some time browsing your options, and checking out our gallery of previous customers’ Enclosures. You may also want to print out pictures of Enclosures you like. Start thinking about which shapes and sizes will suit your home and print them out as a visual reference for yourself. Research gives you a better idea of what you’re looking for and assures your satisfaction in the final results.

2. Examine Your Needs
Enclosures can vary from covered patio spaces for gardens or restaurants to covered pool areas for your backyard pool. You may want a lean-to Enclosure for direct access from your house to your Enclosure or a stand-alone Enclosure for a separate private space. Will you want the Enclosure heated in the winter? Should you install a retractable Enclosure so that you can open it in the summer? Take a close look at your particular needs for your Enclosure and use them going forward to decide on the Enclosure that’s best for you and your space.

As well as reflecting on what you want to use the pool for, evaluate your budget and space limits. What kind of Enclosure would maximize your space, while still fitting in with your budget? The more prepared you are, and more familiar you are with your own needs, the smoother the process will be, for your benefit and for ours!

Lean-To Enclosure

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Covers in Play’s TOP 5

The top five reasons why you should consider investing in an automatic pool enclosure

1. Swimming and entertaining all year round!
Take advantage of your pool, terrace or spa every season of the year! Enjoy the use of your facilities whether it’s January or June- and when the weather permits, simply retract the enclosure and enjoy your outdoor pool!

Use year round

Year round use of your Spa

2. Hands free mobility!
Say goodbye to all the hard work dedicated to moving your enclosure manually. Our unique design is the only enclosure in the world that moves with a push of a button.

3. Enjoy the outdoors without any of its hassles!
Our enclosure offers protection from harmful UV rays, insects such as wasps and mosquitoes and other inclement weather conditions such a rain, wind and snow.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Enjoy the Outdoors at a Push of a Button

4. Saving on so many levels!
With your retractable pool enclosure, not only can you reduce ongoing costs such as pool heating and filtration but you can also decrease your chemical use and eliminate water loss due to evaporation.

5. Kiss cleaning goodbye!
Typical pool owners can spend hours cleaning leaves and debris from their pool or patio each week. An enclosure provides a barrier between your pool and the elements, preventing such things from entering your pool or patio area, this reduces the time you spend cleaning and maintaining your pool. Furthermore, with a pool enclosure, closing your pool for your winter is no longer needed thus eliminating the labour and cleaning involved in opening and closing your pool each year.

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Extend Your Home Living Outdoors


Extending your Home Living Space with an Enclosure

One of the many benefits you may not have thought of already when purchasing a retractable enclosure.

It’s finally summer and outdoor entertaining is perfect way to spend it, but outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to be limited to the summer season, with an enclosure; you can host your outdoor party, whatever the weather! Outdoor and patio decor is becoming more and more prominent in completing your home. Outdoor entertaining just isn’t complete with a trendy and charming space to entertain.

Outdoor and patio decor

Outdoor and Patio Decor

And sometimes it’s a struggle trying to accessorize because trendy doesn’t always mean practical and vice-versa. Decorating with pillows, stylish furniture, table center pieces and other decor can also mean trying to carry everything inside depending on weather conditions to prevent them getting rained on, blown away or becoming dirty or stained. With a retractable pool enclosure, there’s no need to worry about any of this! With a push of a button, you can open and close the enclosure whenever you need to, protecting your outdoor furnishings for long-lasting wear and ultimate protection.


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Check Out Our New Website!

…where sleek and stylish meets simple and functional.  Be sure to check out our new and improved photo gallery which now includes additional projects and has been altered for easier use for smart phones and tablets.

Snap Shot of Home Page

Snap Shot of Home Page

Also keep your eye out for new features displayed on our home page, testimonials from our customers, our articles in pool and home magazines and easy access to various social media, where you can share, like and follow us on houzz, facebook, twitter, pinterest and more! Also- keep up with our blog and be in the know with weekly and monthly posts!

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