In a previous article Salt Systems for Your Spa? I discussed the debut of salt systems as a natural alternative to harsh hot tub chemical sanitizers like chlorine and bromine. That was back in 2009, and a lot has changed. The new salt systems are easier to use, more efficient, less expensive, and less maintenance. Because of these interesting advances, I felt it necessary to provide an updated evaluation of the new technology, so here we have it: Salt Systems Demystified, Part II.
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The Hot Water Environment
The same factors that make our spas attractive to us: warm, wet, and bubbly, can also make a poorly maintained hot tub attractive to microbes. Some of these can make us sick. Hot water opens our pores and allows microbes an easier route to possible infection. We can inhale contaminated water droplets made airborne by the spa jets.
Hot tubs are not small swimming pools.
Due to their warmer water temperatures, lower water volume, and higher bather loads, a little extra care must be taken to properly maintain hot tub water quality. Maintaining a healthy spa is really quite easy, takes just a few minutes out of your busy schedule, and will help prevent problems.
I have been super busy with my other life, my alter ego if you will, of being a rockstar. Although I have to admit, there is nothing like a nice long soak in the tub after 3-4 weeks out on the road, riding in a bus and sleeping in a bunk on said bus. It just helps release all of the tension. The summer tour season has come to a close, so I’ll get back to getting you all some great info on some new things I have learned, new products I have found and as always, the best place in the world to purchase these products.
For now, I’m going to go soak in the tub, catch you soon.
With the cost of fuel skyrocketing everywhere, cutting back on energy use is a serious priority for everyone. Following a few tips can yield big savings as you luxuriate in your hot tub spa.
Every spa and hot tub has one major thing in common – they all heat water. Conserving as much of the generated heat as possible is the objective. The well-insulated shells of many modern spas have been fabricated to help save energy. The problem with heat is it rises. Attention should be focused on the spa’s cover, a critical component in reducing energy consumption.
Even a seasoned hot tub enthusiast can find the actual practice of keeping spa water healthy and free of harmful microorganisms a little daunting, especially when faced with the myriad products available to spa owners today. Understanding the big picture, and then breaking it down into manageable pieces will relieve even a new hot tub owner from feeling overwhelmed. Hot tub maintenance can be divided into three basic steps; keeping the equipment clean, balancing and treating the water, and maintaining the sanitizing agent.
Keep the Spa Clean
Over time, spa water can get chemically saturated and become resistant to regular upkeep. Regardless of spa brand or sanitizer system being used, all hot tub water must be replaced periodically. The timing for draining and refilling the spa with fresh water can vary, depending greatly on bather load. Optimally, the water should be changed every 60 – 90 days.
You’ve decided a new hot tub spa is in your future! Along with determining the ideal spa for your lifestyle, there are a few other factors to consider. A little planning now can go a long way toward a trouble-free installation!
Although most spas can be used indoors, an outdoor setting is the usual preference for many people. Selecting the perfect location and attention to proper site preparation can add immeasurably to the satisfaction you’ll experience while enjoying your new spa.
A great trick for gaining a visual perspective when choosing an outdoor location is to outline the hot tub’s dimensions with a rope or garden hose. As you imagine how it will look, consider the proximity to electrical service, accessibility of the users, bather privacy and the view.
Taking a moment to review a few safety tips can surely make the time you spend relaxing in the bubbles of your hot tub spa even more enjoyable and worry free.
Keep the Spa Water Healthy
Number one is to always ensure an adequate level of sanitizer is being used to keep the hot tub spa water free of harmful microorganisms. Monitor the Total Alkalinity (TA) and pH to maintain a healthy balance. Shocking the water regularly will increase the sanitizer’s ability to effectively control bacteria. Keep all chemicals, additives and cleaning compounds in a cool, dry, well ventilated location, away from direct sunlight and out of the reach of children. Never mix chemicals together prior to adding them to the spa water.
Not Too Hot!
It is safer, and more invigorating to not sit in a hot tub for too long at any one time, especially in elevated water temperatures. Continue reading
Saltwater purification systems produce small amounts of pure chlorine derived from natural salt, just enough to keep the water sanitary. Salt systems are a desirable alternative to packaged bromine or chlorine, and can provide naturally clean, crystal clear and more pleasant water for bathers.
For years, the benefits of saltwater have been enjoyed by swimming pool owners. Salt systems have proven to be safe, effective and eco-friendly. And now, this next-generation technology is affordably available for hot tub spa owners.
Some benefits include: Smoother, softer-feeling water, Diminished chloramines formation, Less odor, Eco-friendly, Gentle to hair, even colored or Lightened. Reduced eye irritation, Soothing to skin, No packaged chlorine or bromine to buy and store, Extremely low cost to operate, Health benefits when using mineral salts, Safe for equipment, Easily adjusted sanitizer level, Low maintenance, and Lower maintenance costs.
Because hot tubs and spas are not drained after each use, having an awareness of the basic ABCs of water chemistry is a must for ensuring both a pleasant and sanitary hot tubbing experience for everyone to enjoy.
Balancing the chemical properties of spa water so that it is neither too alkaline nor too acidic is one aspect of spa management. The other component to keeping the water healthy and free of harmful microorganisms is maintaining a suitable sanitizing system.
A – Always maintain your sanitizer
Because bacteria from our bodies, as well as airborne mold spores, algae, even viruses can be introduced into the spa water, an effective sanitizer system is required to control these organisms from multiplying. Fortunately, there are several EPA-registered spa purifier systems that meet stringent standards for effectiveness in hot tubs, including bromine, Nature2 and Cleanwater Blue®.