Hot Tubs and the Right Size for You

When choosing between hot tubs, there are many options to consider. One important factor to determine is how big of a hot tub you need. The size of your hot tub depends on several aspects, a few of which are examined below.

  • How often will you use it? If you expect to use your hot tub every day, you want to select a size that will provide enough space for comfortable relaxation, but will also be easy to keep hot. Keeping a hot tub warm can be difficult and expensive, and the larger the hot tub, the more energy required to warm it to the desired temperature. By buying a smaller hot tub, you will be able to use it on a regular basis without worrying about your electricity bill going too high.
  • How many people will use it? If you are buying a hot tub for you and your loved one to enjoy on romantic evenings, it can be relatively small. A hot tub you plan to use for entertaining guests needs to be larger. Consider how often you will have groups of people enjoying it as well; buying a hot tub to accommodate a group of people once a year, for example, may not be the best decision.
  • How much space do you have? Where are you planning to put your hot tub? Popular places include the backyard, the porch or patio, and occasionally on a balcony. Measure your designated hot tub space before going shopping, and keep in mind what you’d have to move to place the hot tub where you want it. Remember, you need to have easy access around the spa to take the cover off and replace it. Don’t put plantings or privacy screens too close. The easier access you have, the more years you will be able to enjoy your purchase.
  • How big can you afford? Larger hot tubs are more expensive to buy and heat. Keep in mind how often you will use it and how many people will be using it, and weigh the price of heating a large vs. small hot tub on a regular basis. Also think about alternative ways to keep your hot tub warm, including solar energy and insulated spa covers.

To learn more about hot tub covers and where you can buy the best spa covers, contact SpaCap.com today. We build Custom Hot Tub Covers to fit just about every spa. Plus since we use Sunbrella outdoor fabric, your hot tub cover can compliment your decor.

Keeping Pets Safe Around Hot Tubs

From offering convenient relief from the day’s stresses to creating a fun-filled atmosphere, hot tubs are a fantastic addition to any backyard. As a hot tub owner, it’s your responsibility to guarantee all guests – even furry friends – are safe. Follow these tips to ensure your hot tub remains a safe and fun environment for all.

Cover When Not in Use

A no-nonsense method of guarding access to your hot tub, hot tub covers are a wise investment. Between guarding your hot tub against pests and preventing pets from taking a leisurely dip, hot tub covers serve as the first and most prominent layer of protection. When unoccupied, cover the hot tub with this protective layer to enhance cleanliness and peace of mind. Just a side note, The Custom Made Hot Tub Covers from SpaCap.com are very pet friendly. No pet has ever been injured or trapped by a SpaCap spa cover.

Build a Fence

Endlessly curious, dogs enjoy a good romp in the backyard and may be tempted to take a quick dip in your spa. Though hot tub covers deter entry, they don’t always completely prevent it, leaving dogs are at risk of entering hot tubs unattended. Fencing off your spa area may be the best way to guard access to the hot tub and preserve the safety of pets. Although it doesn’t happen often, puppies have been known to chew on things from time to time. restricting their spa access is not just a good idea for their safety but it may also save on costly repairs.

Make Spa Adventures Brief

Spas don’t have to be a pet-free zone, but owners do need to be aware of the dangers of prolonged hot tub exposure for pets. First, a pet’s internal temperature can rise much quicker than a human’s simply because their bodies are smaller. Taking a long dip in the hot tub with your pet may lead to overheating, which can be life-threatening if not corrected. If you really want to have your pet join you in the spa, consider lowering the water temperature to the lowest setting for their safety.

Protect Your Investment

Though spending time with pets is enjoyable, allowing pets to linger in a hot tub is detrimental to their health and your wallet. Between fur, nails, and debris lodged in a pet’s coat, filters can become clogged and surfaces are easily scratched. Limiting the amount of time spent in the hot tub will help prevent costly damage to your spa and prolong your pets life.

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Surround Sounds for Hot Tubs

Soaking in a hot tubs is one of the most relaxing ways to spend time. From soothing aching muscles and joints to melting away the day’s many stresses, soaking in a spa is enhanced by music. Adding surround sound to your spa offers multiple benefits, both immediate and long-term.

Surrounding Yourself with Sound

Listening to music is more than an auditory experience, as both body and mind are engaged when soothing sounds are presented. In a 2007 study, the relationship between listening to music and overall health was explored. According to researchers, music:

  • Decreases depression. Individuals diagnosed with depression report a reduction in feelings of sadness, increase in level of motivation, and an improved outlook on life.
  • Reduces pain. From chronic pain to postoperative discomfort, listening to music helps alleviate physical pain.
  • Enhances quality of life. For some, exposure to music can reduce anxiety, improve coordination, or promote healthy communication, all of which enhance quality of life.
  • Improves overall mood. Whether you’re feeling blue, irritated, or angry, listening to music can lift your spirits.

The many benefits of listening to music have led spa owners to create an immersive experience by adding surround sound to their spa area.

Hot Tubs & Tunes

When it comes to adding surround sound to your spa, many options are available. Among spa owners, these options are preferred:

  • Portable docking station. Perfect for spa owners who want variation, portable docking stations can be connected to outdoor speakers to create a relaxing oasis of surround sound. Between ease of use and accessibility, a docking station provides decades of music at your fingertips.
  • Complete sound and entertainment installation. A less portable (but more effective) listening experience is created when a complete surround sound and entertainment system is installed. Available in waterproof and weather resistant varieties, outdoor surround sound systems help create a relaxing ambiance.

Prior to your next spa adventure, consider installing surround sound for your hot tub. To learn more about enhancing your spa experience, contact SpaCap today. At SpaCap.com we build the Next Generation in Insulating Hot Tub Covers. We have built hot tub covers for hot tubs with built in speakers. Don’t let a heavy or broken spa cover keep you from enjoying your hot tub.

Avoid Dry Skin from Hot Tubs

It’s no secret hot tubs provide a host of health benefits, ranging from soothing muscles and joints to relieving stress. However, some spa goers report concerns with dry skin after frequent hot tub visits. An easily preventable and treatable concern, dry skin can be corrected by implementing a few changes.

Prevent and Correct Dry Skin: 5 Helpful Tips

Though irritating, dry skin is generally not a serious condition and can be preventing by doing the following:

  • Change clothes after use. Though it seems harmless, lounging around in your bathing suit or swim trunks can promote the development of dry skin patches. After spending time in hot tubs, it’s best to change clothes and shower quickly as this helps prevent skin irritation due to chemicals.
  • Take shorter dips. Extended periods in hot tubs may be relaxing, but prolonged exposure to spa waters can promote skin irritation. Instead, limit dips in the spa to 10-15 minute intervals, making sure to rinse and change clothes in between uses.
  • Monitor the hot tub temperature. A hot tub’s temperature is the primary factor in its ability to boost relaxation and comfort. Unfortunately, a temperature of above 104 degrees Fahrenheit can be detrimental to the skin, as the skin’s natural moisture is lost at higher temperatures.
  • Maintain appropriate pH. If the pH is in excess of 7.8 can pose additional risk to those using a hot tub. Incidentally it can also damage spa parts and hot tub covers. So not maintaining the proper pH will also irritate your pocket book as well. As pH rises, the likelihood of skin irritation increases. Some hot tub owners have reported experiencing dry, flaky skin or rashes if the appropriate pH is not maintained. If unsure of your spa’s pH, contact a professional for further direction.
  • Switch to something besides chlorine or bromine to treat your spa water. There are options available to keep your water clear without harsh chemicals. At SpaCap.com, we have been recommending PristineBlue water treatment for years. It is not only safer for your skin and hair it will be safer for the environment too.
  • Use moisturizer after showering. When applied to chlorine-free, clean skin, lotion helps restore the skin’s natural moisture and aid in damage repair.

Hot Tubs provide unmatched relaxation in the comfort, but can cause dry skin or rashes if not properly maintained and used. Prevent irritated skin by following these simple tips.

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Why Hot Tubs Aren’t Bathtubs

Spa, Jacuzzi, hot tub, whirlpool – there are many names for a luxurious tub of hot water large enough for many people to enjoy at once. Often, these words are used interchangeably, and the meaning is not lost.

Each name is for a different product, however. History plays a large part in the proper definition of each hot water container, and a brief explanation of each is listed here:

• Hot tub. The concept of the hot tub is antique, dating back to the times of the ancient Greeks, and before them, the ancient Egyptians, who created steam rooms and heated baths by building fires beneath the floor or by heating rocks and putting them in the water. The hot tub as we know it today is often credited to Phraortes, a Median king during 600 BC, who had built a granite tub in which water was heated for soaking. Now “hot tub” can correctly be used to describe any contained body of heated water used for soaking, but it most commonly refers to simple wooden tubs, which lack the seating and jets of plastic spas.

• Spa. The term “spa” is derived from the Belgian town of Spa, known throughout the ancient world for its healing mineral baths. The town became so strongly associated with relaxing and health inducing baths that modern spas share the same name. Modern spas are typically made of fiberglass or acrylic and offer seating and jets, as well.

• Jacuzzi. The Jacuzzi is a brand of spa or hot tub that has become so popular the brand name is commonly used to describe the invention itself. Created by the Jacuzzi brothers in 1968, this was the first whirlpool spa, and now many types of whirlpool spas and hot tubs, despite their brand, are incorrectly referred to as Jacuzzis.

Enjoying a dip in the hot tub
Hot Tubs just make life better.

Despite their technical differences, many people will continue to use these words interchangeably, but the history behind them will always show the distinction.

No matter how you choose to label it no hot tub, spa or Jacuzzi is complete without a good cover. At SpaCap.com we make Hot Tub Covers for almost every spa imaginable. Before you replace your cover with another one that will end up the same way, check out SpaCap.com. Let’s leave those other covers in the past where they belong.

Hot Tub vs. Swimming Pool

Investing in a recreational water source is an exciting decision – one that will lead to many years of fun and relaxation. But, it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Factors such as children, space available, and cost all must be considered. Some people will install both a hot tub and a swimming pool, and enjoy jumping from one to the other during the summer, while others must limit themselves to a single choice. The following are a few of the factors that can influence a homeowner’s spa or pool decision.

• Cost. The cost for both swimming pools and hot tubs varies greatly with size and quality of the water feature. Hot tubs tend to have less variance in size and are almost always smaller than a pool. They also tend to be portable, unlike most home pools. Thus, the larger size, greater amount of water, and installation of a pool will usually lead to higher costs than for a hot tub.

• Health benefits. Both hot tubs and pools have health benefits. Swimming laps in a pool is great aerobic exercise while also putting minimal stress on joints or bones. The hot water of a spa will relax the body and the muscles, helping to ease chronic pain, loosen sore or tight muscles, and lower physical and emotional stress.

• Maintenance. Maintaining a pool involves keeping up the proper circulation of water through filters, cleaning out any debris in the pool, and ensuring proper chemical balances. A hot tub requires regular cleaning of a small space, removing harmful bacteria, keeping the water hot, and maintaining the jets and filters. Considering these factors together, maintenance for a hot tub is a much easier and less expensive task.

Both pools and hot tubs are a good choice for a water recreation area. As far as maintenance and price are concerned, hot tubs are the cheaper and simpler option.

If you decide on a hot tub it will need a good cover. That’s where SpaCap.com comes in. We have been building hot tub covers for more than thirty years. What’s more is that our custom made spa covers won’t break or get heavy like the typical rigid foam filled covers.

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Don’t Hot Tub and Drink

There are two things people are reminded to do when going on summer vacation: wait 30 minutes after eating to swim, and don’t drink in the hot tub. Waiting 30 minutes after eating to swim is usually a good idea, but it’s not normally a life-saving tip. Mixing alcohol with a hot tub, however, is something that can’t be ignored. The following are several reasons to stay away from drinking while hot tubbing.

• Dehydration. Hot tubbing causes you to sweat, though you probably won’t realize it, and sweating will dehydrate you. Alcohol also causes you to dehydrate, compounding the effects of the spa and increasing the influence alcohol has on your body. This means you can get drunk more quickly, which could be very dangerous.

• Heat exhaustion. Most veteran hot tubbers know the slightly light-headed feeling of staying in the hot tub for too long, and most drinkers have experienced the phenomenon of alcohol increasing body temperature. Combining these two produces heat stress that your body may not be equipped to handle, which could lead to weakness, nausea, dizziness, fainting, rapid pulse, or worse.

• Drowning. A person can drown in less than a foot of water, and if they have been drinking, their lack of inhibitions can lead to stupid and wild behavior. Harmless horseplay be much while sober can more dangerous when alcohol is involved. Furthermore, combining the relaxing effects of the hot tub and the alcohol can cause a person to pass out or fall asleep, and if they sink below the surface of the water, they might not come back up.

Enjoying a beer or a glass of wine while in the hot tub is a fun and pleasant experience. However, if you decide that you want to drink in your hot tub, be very careful and make sure to not overdo it.

Something else to avoid when it comes to your hot tub is a heavy cover. Back in the day when we were still traveling around doing home shows , we used to have a video playing that showed an actor being injured by a heavy hot tub cover. Everywhere we showed it someone would say, “Hey, that happened to me!” It’s not funny when it happens to you. In fact it can be deadly. Besides that, if your cover is too heavy to lift you’re not going to get into the spa as often which is tragic.

Heavy Hot Tub Covers keep people out of the spa
If your cover looks like this you’re probably not using the hot tub today

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The Hot Tub as an Icon

From Pretty Woman to Hot Tub Time Machine, the hot tub has been an icon in pop culture since the ’60s. It started out as part of the sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll movement and now is featured in reality TV shows like Jersey Shore. It has been a popular tool for comedy films, romance films, and many more. Below are a few of the most memorable hot tub references in media.

 

  • Scarface. Filmed in 1983, the movie depicts Tony Montana relaxing in a large, ornate hot tub, showing a side of the pleasures of relaxing in a hot tub enjoyed by the very rich.

 

  • Pretty Woman. Julia Robert’s famous scene in 1990 had one of the most famous actresses of the day relaxing and enjoying herself in a large jet-style bathtub. The scene was funny, and even innocent, making hot tubs fun and a normal sight in film.

 

  • Back to School. Rodney Dangerfield was one of the kings of comedy in his time, and this raunchy 1986 movie showing a hot tub in his dorm room helped to make hot tubs the sexy settings for raunchy or romantic scenes.

 

  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. In 1997, this Mike Meyers vehicle played off the now established stereotype of the “sexy hot tub” to get some serious laughs, spoofing James Bond and most “sexy” scenes that took place in hot tubs in earlier movies.

 

  • Hot Tub Time Machine. The 2010 comedy made use of the sexy hot tub trope in a slightly different way, sticking with the stereotype but also managing to use the spa as a major plot point.

 

All of these portrayals, not to mention the reality TV shows setting the hot tub as a place for raunchy and wild behavior, have affected the way spa are viewed by the public. From raunchy to romantic to just plain funny, hot tubs have a long and well-documented appeal.

Life with a hot tub is good
Owning a Hot Tub makes life a lot better

Doesn’t that make you feel like part of history? You own an ICON! Sadly, we hear all to often from spa owners that aren’t using their hot tubs as often as they once did. Not Cool. More often than not it’s because they just don’t have the energy or the strength at the end of the day to wrestle their heavy cover off.

Don’t let it happen to you. You bought that spa to use and it made you feel great when you did. Get back to enjoying your spa! Remember how well you slept after relaxing the day away while the jets gently washed away your stress?

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Use Your Spa to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep BetterYou know your spa will help you relax, but it can also help you get a better night’s sleep. Soaking in warm water relaxes muscles, and combined with aromatherapy with scents like chamomile or lavender, it can relax the mind, relieve stress, and improve your circulation – all of which have been shown to help people fall asleep.

How Spas Encourage Rest

Spa use can improve circulation in the body, which is a fantastic benefit for those who are stuck in an office environment all day. Your heart and lungs will thank you for the boost, and people who suffer from arthritis can find relief from the stiffness and pain in their joints. For sports injuries, the heat of the tub and the massage of the jets can facilitate recovery time and calm muscle spasms.

Soaking should occur an hour or two before bedtime for optimal benefit. Remain hydrated and soak for 15 to 20 minutes to allow your body to experience the full relaxation effect. It is best to avoid technology and focus on mindfulness of the surrounding sensations and experiences. Meditation and stretching while in the spa can create even more of a relaxing experience before bed.

After soaking in the spa, cool down before getting in bed. Being hot and sweaty disrupts restful sleep and makes it harder to bring down your temperature before and during sleep. To receive the maximum benefit of spa use before bed, avoid using technology in between the time you get out of the hot tub and get into bed. Watching TV or checking your email can bring your mind out of its restive state and decrease the benefit gained from soaking.

Letting the relaxation benefits of the spa help you have a better night’s sleep will make you refreshed and your mind sharper throughout the day.

Just a note in closing. One way to really ruin the relaxed state you are trying to achieve is to hurt yourself attempting to get a saturated spa cover back on the spa. At SpaCap.com they know a little bit about Hot Tub Covers. It doesn’t matter how much tapper you get on a rigid foam filled cover, it is going to get heavy. The reason is simply that it’s not the rain or snow that causes the foam to saturate, it’s the steam from the spa water.

That’s why they came up with a unique air filled design with no foam to break or get heavy. Plus, stacked air chambers actually insulate better than a foam cover ever could too.

Order one of their custom made hot tub covers for yourself and get the most out of your spa without killing your mood.

Saltwater Hot Tubs: Pros vs. Cons

Saltwater spas pros vs consThere are two types of hot tubs you can get: saltwater and chlorinated. The health benefits of saltwater swimming pools and hot tubs have become popular in recent years. Combine the healing power of heat and the antibacterial properties of salt, and you have a winning combination. The following are a few of benefits and drawbacks of owning a saltwater hot tub.

 

Benefits:

 

  • More comfortable. Saltwater tubs still use chlorine to keep the water clean, but the amount is less than what’s used in typical chlorine or bromine tubs. Thus, the water is softer and more soothing, and there are fewer chemicals to cause itchiness in bathing suits or to hurt your eyes.

 

  • Better for you. In addition to being less damaging to your eyes, the smaller amount of chemicals will also be less harsh on your skin and hair, making your skin less likely to dry out and your hair less likely to turn green or have that straw-like consistency commonly associated with pools.

 

  • Save time. The generators in saltwater pools produce chlorine at a constant rate, meaning you don’t have to monitor the chlorine levels and add more chlorine to the water whenever it gets low.

 

Drawbacks:

 

  • More expensive. The initial installation price of the saltwater pool generator is expensive, and the saltwater will corrode any metal pieces, meaning they may need to be replaced more often. The salt chlorination cells will also need to be replaced about once every other year and can cost several hundred dollars.

 

  • Can be more work. Following all of the instructions needed to properly maintain a saltwater hot tub and checking the salt chlorination cells regularly can be difficult and stressful.

 

Whatever you decide, you’ll need a good cover to protect your investment. That’s where SpaCap.com comes in. We have been building hot tub covers for more than thirty years.  For more information about hot tubs in general or about buying Hot Tub Covers to protect your spa, contact SpaCap today.