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Hot Tubs

A hot tub is both therapeutic and relaxing and something that you will enjoy for years to come. Hot tubs are around 102-104 degrees, which makes your muscles relax (especially when delivered with water jets); however, the hot water can also temporarily lower your blood pressure. If you have low blood pressure or other cardiac concerns (or if you are pregnant), check with your doctor before using a hot tub.

Here are some hot tub features to consider:

  • Heaters - Electric heaters keep hot tubs hot. Efficient tubs use heaters that take less that 100 watts to keep the tub hot for 24-hours. The other half of the efficiency equation is how well insulated the tub is. Look for tubs that have multiple layers of foam (like that found in a freezer) and come with a tight fitting cover to retain heat while you are not using the tub. Aftermarket covers don't fit as snugly as those designed by the manufacturer but may cost less.
  • Lighting - Fancier tubs will also have interior mood lighting. If you can, get LED technology, which accomplishes this with very little electricity.
  • Filters - A constantly circulating tub will pass all its water through the filter as many as 15 times a day. A multi-stage filter will catch debris (leaves, bugs, etc.) but these are not all that effective at trapping harmful bacteria. At certain intervals, you will have to drain the entire tub, so look for ones that have a convenient drain so you don't have to get a bucket and bail.
  • Ozonators - Chlorine is used to keep the tub water clean, just like a swimming pool. Ozonators are a way to reduce the amount of chlorine you need to keep your tub water reasonably safe. While ozonators do sanitize water, the process alone is insufficient to keep up with a lot of people climbing into the tub, so they should be used in conjunction with chemicals.

  • Controls - Electrical service to the tub may require some underground wiring, and be sure to observe local codes when installing a tub. Consider where you put the access controls so they are easily reached. Better tubs have remote controls, just like a TV.

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