Hot Tub Basics
If you’re thinking of getting a new hot tub or spa but don’t know where to start, the vast collection of resources online can easily overwhelm you. Don’t worry. We’ll show you how to take care of your new tub. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Hot tub or spa?
Let’s get this out of the way first. Is there any difference between a spa and a hot tub? When you read reviews or guides online, you will find some are specific to hot tubs and others to spas. The two terms mean the same thing. If you see a guide for a spa, it will work for your hot tub and vice versa.
Set the right temperature
Finding the right temperature for your hot tub is a science in itself. There is no standard temperature, and different users have different preferences. The rule of thumb is that, if you have small children, don’t go beyond 900F for safety reasons. Small children can’t regulate their body temperature as well as adults.
Sanitize the water
Salespeople will always tell you their hot tubs don’t use chemicals. That’s a big fat lie. Hot water is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, some of which are dangerous. To keep your pool safe, sanitize it using chlorine or bromine. You will need to test your water at least once every two weeks to ensure it’s safe. Regular testing also guarantees the right levels. You don’t want a hot tub bubbling with too many chemicals.
Clean your filtration
Your hot tub can become dirty quickly if you don’t care for it. The main culprit is the filtration system, which ensures that dust particles, body oils and lotions, leaves and other debris don’t clog up your hot tub. Clean it every two weeks and apply chemical treatments every three of four months. By doing this, you’ll never have to worry about dirt building up in your hot tub.
Top up water
Water levels in your hot tubs will decrease with time. It could be as a result of evaporation or when you get in and out of the tub. Whichever the case, you should still top up the water regularly. Ensure you get the right level. Ideally, it should always be above the skimming point, that is, where the microfilter begins.
Your hot tub might develop problems if you let it suck dry air instead of water. It is also good to change your water often to ensure your tub remains clean and healthy. Sometimes the chemicals and the filter aren’t enough.
Cover your hot tub
If you’re concerned about maintenance costs, you want to make sure that you keep your hot tub covered when not in use. Covering it ensures dirt and other debris doesn’t build and clog your filters. It also prevents water from evaporating and prevents heat loss when you are not using your hot tub. With reduced heating, you will end up saving more on energy costs.
Still have questions? Feel free to give us a call. At Smith Pools, our qualified team is always happy to help.