Swim Spa Benefits

Do you want all the relaxing benefits of a hot tub? What about the exercise benefits of a swimming pool? With a swim spa, you don’t have to choose. There are a number of high quality swim spas on the market offering the best of both worlds. Read on to learn more about the benefits of these extraordinary units.

 

What’s a Swim Spa?

 

A swim spa is a machine with continuous water currents, allowing users to swim continuously without hitting a wall or having to turn around as in a lap pool. There are numerous options for swim spas in varying categories and sizes. Many swim spas also offer a hot tub spa on one end with a swimming area on the other.

 

Benefits of Swim Spas

 

  • Exercise. The most common reason for purchasing a swim spa is to enjoy the ability to swim laps without having to invest in a large pool. A swim spa’s water current is adjustable, allowing swimmers to customize their experiences based upon their personal speeds. It’s also possible to turn the jets off, which allows users to enjoy other water-based fitness activities, like aqua aerobics.
  • Relaxation. The best swim spa units have a hot tub area and a swimming area. You’ll enjoy massaging hot water jets, heat to relax sore muscles, and the relief offered by buoyancy in a hot tub.
  • Portability. Most swim spas are above-ground units. As such, swim spa owners can move them if they change locations at any point.
  • Compactness. A swim spa is smaller than a swimming pool, which means those with smaller backyard or deck spaces can install a unit without worrying about taking up too much space.
  • Year-round use. Swim spas can be placed indoors or outdoors due to their portability. Those who have an indoor space to accommodate a spa will enjoy the full benefits of their investment in the coldest months of the year.

 

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Maintaining Hot Tub Balance

Keeping your hot tub in tip-top shape requires occasional maintenance and care. One of the most important things to do is to drain and refill your hot tub regularly. However, there is a fine line between not draining enough and draining too often. Let’s take a look at how to tell when the time is right.Hot Tub Balance

Avoid Draining Too Often

While draining and refilling your tub frequently (think once every couple days or so) isn’t going to harm the hot tub, it’s a huge waste of your time; not to mention a waste of water. Figure in current problems like drought in certain parts of the country to remember the importance of conscientiousness water usage.

Drain Often Enough

On the other hand, not draining your hot tub often enough can cause unsanitary problems and severely hinder your ability to take advantage of your investment. It’s important to drain on an appropriate schedule to avoid bacterial growth, potential infections on the skin and in the ears, mold, films on the water, and other unpleasant issues.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to drain and refill:

  • Foamy, filmy, or discolored hot tub water.
  • Water that smells “off” or unusual in any way.
  • Mold buildup from lack of hot tub use.

It’s important to consider how many bathers tend to use the hot tub at once, as well as how often they use it. To figure out how these factors fit in, consider not only how often you use your tub but also how you use it.

More people using your spa means you will have to add more chemicals to the water. You will also need additional chemicals if your spa is used often. This adds more substance to the spa, requiring it to be drained more frequently. Estimate based on your spa’s capacity in gallons, how many people use the spa at once, and how often they use it.

 

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Hot Tub Party

Hot Tub PartyThere’s no point in having a hot tub if you’re not going to use it. One great way to enjoy your hot tub to the fullest is to invite some good friends to share in the fun and relaxation. Let’s take a look at the 5 essential steps for throwing an incredible hot tub party.

Prepare for Everything

If there is one thing you can’t afford to have happen at a hot tub party, it’s having the hot tub break or malfunction. Before throwing a party, make sure to check all parts of your hot tub, ensure it’s in working condition, and gather supplies. You should keep extra towels on hand, a first aid kit, and other things you commonly use.

Check the Temperature

Prior to when your guests arrive, prepare the hot tub for the optimal temperature. Depending on your model, this could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. As a rule of thumb, it takes about half an hour to increase the temperature by one degree. The fastest way to heat it up is to leave the cover on.

Plan for Other Activities

While the hot tub may be the centerpiece of the party, you can’t realistically expect guests to stay in the hot tub for hours (plus, everyone won’t fit at one time). You need to plan other activities to keep people entertained and occupied. Set up a snack bar, dance floor, and yard games.

Set the Mood

As soon as guests arrive, you want to set the atmosphere. Build a music playlist, decorate accordingly, and think about things like seating arrangements and lighting.

Offer a Changing Room

When people are done with the hot tub, they may feel self-conscious about hanging out in their swimwear. To make sure everyone has a good time, offer a space for people to change into their clothing.

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Hot Tub Aromatherapy

Hot Tub AromatherapyOne of the best aspects of owning a hot tub is the relaxation it provides. There’s nothing quite like a soothing dip to help sore muscles and ease stress. You can take the relaxation up a notch with these six aromatherapy scents, which are known to help reduce stress, calm irritability, improve mood, and more.

  • Rosemary.With its minty aroma and pleasing smell, rosemary is a preferred aromatherapy scent for many. It is believed to stimulate the brain, improve mental performance, and provide an energy boost. Combine the benefits of rosemary with the increased circulation from the hot water and you’ll leave feeling refreshed and invigorated.
  • Lemon. The scent of lemon has long been one of the most effective and preferred aromatherapy solutions. Benefits include improving memory, boosting energy, easing depression, and stimulating creativity. Known as an “uplifting aroma,” it’s good to always have lemon on hand.
  • Peppermint. Not only does peppermint smell great, but it also has amazing therapeutic properties. Peppermint oil is known for relieving mental fatigue, enhancing memory, and promoting alertness. This is one of the most popular aromatherapy scents.
  • Sandalwood.One of the most unique aromatherapy scents is sandalwood. This warm scent is used to promote relaxation, calm nerves, and reduce anxiety. Some claim it has spiritually enhancing properties.
  • Eucalyptus.Feeling under the weather? Eucalyptus is commonly used to open up the bronchial passages and sinuses. It’s also a powerful relaxant and can relieve headaches, mental fatigue, and other aches and pains.
  • Lavender.No list of aromatherapy scents is complete without lavender. This staple scent has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and calm the nerves.

 

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At SpaCap, we believe your hot tub should be one of the most relaxing parts of your home. In addition to adding these six aromatherapy scents to your collection, consider the next generation of spa cover. Our SpaCap covers are  the most revolutionary hot tub covers on the market and will forever change the way you store and protect your hot tub.

Hot Tub Health Benefits

Occasionally, we find one of those life assets that are both good for you and enjoyable. Unlike your least favorite steamed greens, hot tubs are members of this rare category. Not only is a hot tub fun and relaxing, it also has a number of health benefits. Read on to learn more about the reasons soaking in a hot tub is good for your health.

  • Relaxation. For people with high stress lives, it’s important to take a break every once in a while. A good soak will soothe sore muscles, while the massaging jets reduce tension in the back and body. In addition, the buoyancy offered by hot tubs reduces the need to put pressure on any part of the body, which can also relieve built-up stress.
  • Arthritis relief. Buoyancy isn’t only good for stress. By reducing 90 percent of body weight through buoyancy, hot tubs take pressure off joints, which relieves the symptoms of joint disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and others. Regular sessions will also help joints remain flexible and strong.
  • Improved cardiovascular health. Heat from the tub produces an effect called vasodilation, or widening of the blood vessels, which improves circulation. The hot tubs warm water also produces an effect much like exercising by increasing the heart rate while decreasing blood pressure. They have a similar impact on individuals with type 2 diabetes and can help decrease blood sugar.
  • Better sleep. According to studies, soaking in hot tub water before bedtime can produce better sleep, especially in those who struggle to fall asleep or wake up throughout the night. Relaxing in hot water increases your inner temperature. When you exit the hot tub, your body’s thermostat will lower your temperature, which helps to induce sleep. For best results, try soaking for 15 to 90 minutes before you go to bed.

 

While using hot tubs can help improve our health, ensure you preserve the condition of your spa by getting the best spa cover on the planet from SpaCap.com!

Hot Tub Maintenance 101

Clear Hot Tub WaterOwning a hot tub is one of life’s greatest exclusive pleasures – but the enjoyment will totally tank if your hot tub is full of bugs, mildew, or poor quality water. All hot tub owners should properly engage in hot tub maintenance to ensure sanitary use and reduce the risk of unsafe bathing. Hot tub maintenance is easy – especially when you use items you already have in your home.

 

  • Sanitize the water. Ensure your water is sanitized to prevent algae growth and to kill any bacteria your tub may be harboring. The best sanitizers for hot tub water are minerals like salt or copper which are much safer to use than chlorine or bromine which are caustic that can damage your skin or equipment; which one you use depends on your local water chemistry. We recommend Pristine Blue (copper) to all of our customers.Check up on your water sanitation every so often with a test strip, and oxidize every week or so to remove oils, hairsprays, and other chemicals that may have gotten in. To keep water cleaner longer, place a tennis ball in the skimmer or right into the water to attract oils and lotions and prevent them from entering the filters.
  • Clean the filters. By cleaning out your hot tub’s filters monthly, you’ll ensure your spa stays safe and hygienic. Take out the filters and spray with a high pressure water stream. If the filters show buildup of oils, soak them first in filter cleaner (or simple dish detergent) and warm water, and then spray and reattach.
  • Drain on schedule. Pool and hot tub cleaning experts assert the importance of draining the tub every three months. When the water is drained, cover the lower return inlets (we recommend regular household wares like panty hose) to prevent debris from recirculating. Do a thorough clean of the sides and bottom of the tub before refilling.

 

  • Cover it up. A hot tub cover will safeguard your tub from dirt, particles, and other debris. It will also help ensure safety, preventing young ones from falling in, as well as keeping heat from escaping. A hot tub cover is anything but optional, and a quality cover will last with regular cleaning. Naturally we would encourage you to use a SpaCap custom hot tub cover on your spa. Every one we make is built to last, will insulate better than a typical rigid foam cover plus it won’t break or get heavy.

 

With proper maintenance, your hot tub can provide enjoyment for years to come!

Hot Tub Covers and Hail Damage

We get a lot of inquiries from spa owners that are replacing their Hot Tub Covers due to hail damage. Traditional rigid foam covers get hammered by hail because they don’t absorb impact very well. As people who live in areas of heavy hail storms know, anything rigid is going to take a pounding.

The solution to this would be something that is able to give or absorb impacts. In Hollywood when a stunt man falls from a great height, he wants to land on something that will absorb his impact like an air bag. The air bags the stunt man lands on are designed made from the same materials as the SpaCap.

Now the stunt air bag is designed to open and release air when it “catches” the stunt person so please don’t use your SpaCap this way. However if your house is on fire and you have to jump out of the window to save your life aiming for the SpaCap would probably save your life.

However you are a little bigger than the typical hail stone and the damage from you jumping on Hot Tub Covers would not be covered by the warranty. But no matter how fierce the storm or the hail stone the SpaCap will give or catch it without damage. We have tested it by driving golf balls into it, dropping bowling balls on them and just having them in use around the country in areas that get severe hail storms.

We do a brisk business replacing foam filled covers crushed after a storm but so far not even one of the SpaCap hot tub covers have ever been damaged by hail.

Hot Tub Covers and Sun Damage

Hot Tub Covers vs SunIf you own a hot tub in Texas, Arizona or at altitude in the Rockies you know what sun exposure can do to vinyl hot tub covers.

The reason is all vinyls are rated by hours outdoors. Normally 1500 hrs outdoors is pretty standard which amounts to about 100 days if you only count daylight hours. Makes it seem kind of silly to put vinyl on anything that’s going to be outdoors.

Vinyl will always crack and fall apart eventually if it is exposed to temperature extremes and or UV. That’s why Sunbrella™ was invented. It has been the gold standard in outdoor fabric for more than forty five years.

Sunbrella™ is manufactured by Glen Raven Mills here in the USA. Made from acrylic fiber woven into a canvas like fabric it offers the breathability of canvas without the shrinkage, rotting or fading. One of the great advantages of breathable fabric is that it does not trap moisture in like vinyl where it can grow mildew. If rigid foam hot tub covers smell like mildew, the vinyl on the outside is one of the reasons why. Since acrylic is the same stuff most spas are made of Sunbrella™ is incredibly durable.

Sunbrella™ doesn’t crack in cold like vinyl, or fade like canvas. If you live near a marina every boat top you see out there in a bright color is Sunbrella™. Anything else would fade out quickly, even the paint on the boat will fade before the Sunbrella™ will.

Years ago a neighbor came in and wanted us to repair his sail cover. His sail cover had been on his sail boat for twelve years, through all the weather the northwest pacific coast could through at it. For those of you who don’t know sailing, the typical sail material needs to be protected from exposure when not in use so it is bundled and covered with a sail cover. The sail cover is the shield that covers the expensive sail from damage.

Our neighbors sail cover was made from Sea Grass Green Sunbrella™ which is a bold, fairly bright green. We explained to him that if it were patched the cover with new material it would look terrible because new bright material would stick out like a sore thumb on the faded older material. We laid a piece of new material on his old cover to prove the point.

To our astonishment the only difference between the two was his was a little dirty. Once it was cleaned and patched, there was no difference between the new fabric and the old even after constant exposure for twelve years. If your spa is outdoors and your tired of replacing spa covers due to sun damage you really need to get the only spa cover that is offered in Sunbrella™ fabric the SpaCap.

Where to Put Your Hot Tub

Hot Tub PlacementIf you’ve decided to get a hot tub, congratulations! You’re well on your way to many hours of long relaxation and enjoyment. Don’t forget to consider placement, however; where you put your hot tub will dictate your level of enjoyment for years to come. There are several factors to take into account when making this crucial decision.

  • Access. It may seem obvious but the long term enjoyment of your spa will be largely determined by how easy it is to get into and out of. Make sure you leave enough room around the spa to remove and replace the cover. Don’t shove the spa into a nook where you can only approach it from one side.

 

  • Indoors or outdoors? When choosing whether to place your tub inside the home or outside, consider the pros and cons of both options. If space isn’t a problem, an indoor hot tub benefits from minimized exposure to the elements, convenience, and privacy. Cons include tracking water outside the tub as well as potential draining or leakage problems damaging your home.When placing a hot tub outside, it will be exposed to outdoor debris, such as foliage, dirt, and insects. When not in use, it’s important to protect your tub with a quality cover. Leakage or drainage issues on the outside are usually less problematic than with an indoor tub, and there are many more placement options available if you decide to place it outdoors.
  • To Sink or Not To Sink. Many spa owners want to put the spa sunken into a deck. The idea being the spa will be easy to use. More accidental drownings involving small children occur in flush deck mounted spas. This goes down greatly if the spa is only partially sunken, bench high. It still makes it easy to get in and out and can make getting the cover off and on easy too.

 

  • Surface. A spa full of water will be heavy, so it needs to be placed on a structurally sound surface. This will support the weight of the tub, the water, and human occupants. Placing your hot tub on an uneven surface sets it up for damage and may void your warranty.

 

  • Drainage. Ensure your outdoor spa has proper drainage so any spillage or rainwater will not pool around it, causing potential damage.
  • Access to power. Ahead of time, plan for proper access to your circuit panels and power source to ensure adequate heating. A quality hot tub cover will keep heat inside.
  • Proximity to home. If it’s outdoors, your tub should be near your backdoor for convenience’s sake; no one wants to traipse across the yard in heavy rain or snow to access a hot tub. It should be close to a bathroom for changing and drying off, as well as to water spigots for filling. Close proximity to your home will also give you a better view of the yard.

Hot Tub Accessories for Safety and Fun

From the fun to the functional, what’s a hot tub without accessories? Whether it’s aromatherapy to enhance your hot tub experience or hammocks to encourage relaxation, the options are limitless. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the top hot tub accessories you never knew you needed.

Accessories You NeedHot Tub Family

Make your hot tub a more enjoyable investment by adding the following accessories to your collection:

 

  • Pillows and cushions.Your hot tub is supposed to be comfortable and relaxing, right? Well, that isn’t always the case after soaking for a few minutes. The hard seats and backing can be uncomfortable and often forces you to cut your time short. Thanks to spa pillows and cushions, you can sit comfortably for as long as you like.

 

  • Floating speakers. Who doesn’t love to listen to a little music while they relax in the hot tub? Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to operate an iPod or sound system near water. The solution? Floating speakers that are safe, waterproof, and sound great.

 

  • Spa fragrances.Love your hot tub but not a big fan of the chlorine smell? Spa fragrances are becoming quite popular and can be added to the water for a soothing, relaxing, and invigorating experience. Some fragrances are great for moisturizing the skin.

 

  • Spa steps. Safety should always be a consideration with your hot tub. For elderly adults and people with mobility issues, climbing up into the hot tub can be dangerous and precarious. Thankfully, there are products that make it easier and safer. Consider purchasing spa steps to reduce the likelihood of falls and other related injuries.

 

In addition to these four hot tub accessories, consider a replacement hot tub cover that will make owning your spa even better, the Next Generation of Spa Cover: SpaCap. This revolutionary cover is easy to remove, doesn’t break or saturate, never flies away, and stands up against the elements – including snow. For more information, visit SpaCap.com.