Questions about hot tubs and swim spa.

What is a hot tub

A hot tub is a facility designed for relaxation and rest, equipped with a system of water jets that create streams of water and air. Hot tubs are usually made of acrylic or other durable materials and are designed so that several people can dive into them at once.

The main goal of the hot tub is to provide users with a massage effect using streams of water and air. These currents can be set to different intensities and directions to achieve the desired relaxing effect. Hot tubs often also include additional features such as built-in seats, water heating, lighting, water ozonation, and audio systems.

Relaxing in the hot tub has a number of benefits for the human body and mind. The benefits include relaxing muscles, reducing stress, improving blood circulation, relieving pain and tension, and improving sleep. Hot tubs are often found in spas, wellness centers or are installed as part of home pools or terraces.

It is important to take care of proper maintenance of hot tubs, including regular cleaning and checking the level of chemicals in the water to prevent the growth of bacteria and keep the water clean and hygienic for the user.


What is swim spa

Swim spa is a specific type of facility that combines elements of a swim spa and a whirlpool. It’s basically a smaller pool that’s spacious enough to swim in while offering jacuzzi features for relaxation and massages.

A swim spa is usually equipped with powerful countercurrents that create a stream of water that you can swim against or practice against. These countercurrents create enough force to provide resistance and simulate the feeling of swimming in a real pool, although the swim spa itself is much smaller and more compact.

In addition to counter-currents, the swim spa often also contains various massage jets that provide relaxing and therapeutic effects. These jets can be placed on seats or in loungers in the swim spa to provide users with a full body massage.

Swim spa is suitable for people who want to be able to swim or exercise in the water, but do not have the space or budget for a full-fledged pool. It is also popular for recreational purposes and relaxation because it combines the benefits of a swimming pool and a hot tub.

As with swimming pools and hot tubs, it is important to regularly keep the swim spa clean and follow the necessary maintenance procedures to ensure hygienic and safe water for users.


Health effects of hot tubs

  1. Muscle relaxation and pain relief: The hot tub provides a hydromassage that helps relieve muscle tension and relieve pain. The flow of water and air in combination with massage jets stimulates blood circulation and relieves muscle tension, which can be beneficial for back pain, muscle cramps, arthritis and other muscle and joint problems.
  2. Stress reduction and relaxation: Staying in the hot tub has a relaxing effect on the body and mind. Hot water and massage jets help reduce stress, relieve tension and improve overall well-being. A hot tub can be an effective remedy against everyday stress and contribute to better mental health.
  3. Improved blood circulation: Hot tub massage streams promote better circulation of blood in the body. This can help improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscles and tissues and the removal of waste products from the body. Improved blood circulation can have a positive effect on the overall health and functioning of the body.
  4. Treatment and recovery: Hot tubs are often used for medicinal purposes and recovery after injuries or surgical procedures. Hydrotherapy in a hot tub can help speed up wound healing, reduce swelling, and improve joint mobility. The massage effects of the hot tub can also promote the restoration of muscles and tissues after physical exercise.

However, it is important to remember that every person is unique and reactions to a hot tub can vary. It is advisable to consult a doctor, especially if you have any health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure or other serious illnesses, to determine if taking a hot tub is safe and appropriate for you.


Inflatable or acrylic hot tub

Inflatable whirlpool:

  • Inflatable hot tubs are usually made of a strong and durable material such as PVC.
  • They are easy to carry and disassemble, meaning they can be easily moved or stored, and are ideal for those who do not have permanent space for a hot tub.
  • They can be more affordable than acrylic hot tubs.
  • Inflatable hot tubs usually have smaller dimensions and are suitable for smaller groups of people (usually 2-4 people).
  • They may have limited functions and amenities compared to acrylic hot tubs, but still provide massage effects and relaxing benefits.

Acrylic whirlpool:

  • Acrylic hot tubs are made of durable acrylic material and have a solid construction.
  • They are usually firmly installed in a place such as terraces or gardens and require a certain space for placement.
  • They offer a wider range of functions and equipment, including multiple massage jets, built-in seats, lighting, sound systems, etc.
  • They have larger dimensions and are suitable for larger groups of people (usually 4 to 8 people).
  • Acrylic hot tubs can be more expensive than inflatable hot tubs, but they offer higher quality and long service life.

The choice between an inflatable and an acrylic hot tub depends on your preferences, needs and budget. If you are looking for a portable and affordable solution, an inflatable hot tub may be suitable. However, if you prefer permanent installation, a wider range of functions and a higher quality construction, an acrylic hot tub may be a better choice.


How to care for the water of the hot tub?

Proper maintenance of the water in the hot tub is key to maintaining cleanliness, hygiene and proper functioning of the hot tub. Here are some basic tips for caring for water in a hot tub:

  1. Maintain the right chemical balance: Regularly test the pH, alkalinity, and disinfectant content (such as chlorine or bromine) in the hot tub water. Monitoring and adjusting these values is important to prevent bacterial growth and maintain a healthy environment. Follow the recommended ranges of values for each parameter.
  2. Filter cleaning: Filters in the whirlpool are used to capture dirt and pollution in the water. Regularly clean or replace filters according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will ensure that the filter will work effectively and keep the water clean.
  3. Regular disinfection: Follow the recommended procedures for disinfecting hot tub water. This includes adding the appropriate disinfectant (chlorine, bromine, hydrogen peroxide, etc.) as needed and monitoring the level of disinfectant in the water. Regular disinfection kills bacteria and maintains water purity.
  4. Removal of dirt: Regularly remove all debris such as leaves, grass, sand, etc. from the hot tub water. Use a net or special tools to remove dirt from the water as well as from the bottom and walls of the hot tub.
  5. Regular water changes: Even with regular maintenance, it will be necessary to change the water in the hot tub from time to time. It is recommended to change the water every 3 to 4 months to prevent the accumulation of dirt and maintain water quality.

It is important to follow the instructions and recommendations of the hot tub manufacturer regarding water maintenance. Each hot tub may have specific requirements for chemical treatment and care. Regular maintenance and monitoring of the water in the hot tub will help keep the water clean, hygienic and safe for the user.


How to maintain the pH of water in whirlpool and swim spa

Proper maintenance of pH levels in the hot tub water is important to ensure the safety, comfort and effectiveness of the hot tub. Here are some tips on how to maintain the pH of the water in the hot tub:

  1. Test the pH regularly: Use test kits or a pH meter designed to measure the pH level in the hot tub. It is recommended to test the pH of the water at least once a week or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Adjust the pH as needed: If the pH is outside the recommended range (usually between 7.2 and 7.8), it should be adjusted. If the pH is too high (above 7.8), a pH-lowering agent (usually sulfuric or hydrochloric acid) should be added. If the pH is too low (below 7.2), a pH enhancer (usually sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydroxide) should be added. Follow the recommended dosage and procedure according to the manufacturer’s instructions and gradually adjust the pH value of the whirlpool or swim spa water.
  3. Monitor the influence of other factors: Some factors, such as water temperature, chemicals used, or the number of users, can affect the pH of water. Be attentive to these factors and adjust the pH adjustment if necessary.
  4. Maintain consistent maintenance: Regular maintenance and pH control are key to maintaining a constant and balanced pH level in the hot tub. Follow the hot tub manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the frequency of testing and pH adjustment.
  5. Consult an expert: If you have trouble maintaining the pH properly, or if you are unable to adjust the pH value, it is advisable to consult a hot tub expert or water specialist. They can give you recommendations and advice on proper water maintenance in your particular hot tub.

It is important to follow the instructions and recommendations of the hot tub manufacturer regarding the maintenance of the pH of the water. The right pH ensures the safety, comfort and efficiency of the hot tub for you and other users.


What floor under the hot tub or swim spa?

When choosing a floor for the placement of a hot tub, it is important to choose a material that is moisture resistant, easy to maintain and safe. Below are a few options you can consider:

  1. Concrete floor: The concrete floor is robust, moisture-resistant and easy to maintain. It is a frequent choice for the location of a hot tub. However, it is a good idea to ensure that the floor is properly sealed and equipped with an adequate surface that minimizes slipping.
  2. Wooden flooring with suitable protection: A wooden floor can be an aesthetically pleasing choice for a hot tub area. However, it is important to choose wood that is resistant to moisture, such as exotic wood or wood with a good finish that prevents water from penetrating.
  3. Ceramic tiles: Ceramic tiles are moisture resistant and easy to maintain. They are available in different styles and designs and provide a firm and stable surface for hot tub placement. However, keep in mind that the surface of tiles can be slippery, especially if it is wet. Choose tiles with a non-slip surface or add anti-slip carpets or mats for added safety.
  4. PVC or rubber flooring: PVC or rubber floor coverings are moisture resistant, easy to maintain and provide a durable surface for hot tub placement. These materials are also resistant to slipping and provide safety for pedestrians.

It is also important to consider installing appropriate subsoil or insulation to help protect the floor from potential water leaks or condensation.

Before choosing a floor for a hot tub, it is always advisable to consult an expert or hot tub supplier to get recommendations on the specific requirements and needs for your hot tub and the space in which it will be located.