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How to Heat Your Pool Without a Heater

By Meg Warren

Owning a pool can be expensive when the calculating the cost of chemicals and the electricity it takes to keep the pool clean. Heating a pool with an electric or gas heater only adds to these costs. There are other ways of heating a pool without adding another long-term expense. A solar pool cover can generate enough heat to warm the water to temperatures around 80 degrees. A solar pool cover, however, will not heat the pool on cloudy or rainy days.

Measure the surface of the pool. This is the area where the water sits. This determines the size of solar cover needed for your pool.

Buy a solar pool cover one size larger than the size needed for your pool.

Place the solar pool cover over the water's surface. Straighten the cover, smoothing out any wrinkles or folds.

Trace the pool walls on to the solar cover with a permanent marker.

Cut along the traced line with scissors.

Replace the solar cover over the pool water. Leave in place for several hours to heat the water.


Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Solar pool cover
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors

About the Author


Meg Warren began writing how-to articles professionally in 2009. Born and raised in St. Louis, Miss., Warren has always been a creative person through art, writing and music. She is currently pursuing an associate degree at Patricia Stevens College for interior design.