Introduction to Hot Tubs: Answer to all of Your Questions

Last Updated on December 17, 2018

The Hot tub is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety. It also provides enjoyment in the get-together with friends and family.

What is An Inflatable Hot Tub?

As the name suggests, an inflatable hot tub is a soft hot tub made from PVC vinyl that has to be inflated before use. Since this tub is inflatable, you can easily take it anywhere you want as long as you have access to water and power by simply deflating and inflating it. As for inflating it, inflatable hot tubs usually come with a pump to make the job convenient for you.

The perks of inflatable hot tubs are its price and portability. They are much cheaper than the conventional hot tubs, which make it a great alternative to the more expensive models. Inflatable hot tubs are also very flexible. You can use it indoors or outdoors, making it more suitable for your needs and space.

Although inflatable hot tubs are cheaper, it doesn’t mean that they are inferior. They are made with durable materials and come with an exceptional design for superior quality. You need not worry about leaks because there won’t be any.

Since inflatable hot tubs are cheaper, it does not come with the powerful features that you see in high-end hot tubs. For instance, it has less powerful pumps, fewer jets, and has no music station or LED lights. But if you are only after for pleasure and relaxation, a conventional inflatable hot tub should work for you.

Are hot tubs good for you?

There are a lot of good reasons to have a hot tub.!

For starters, it is an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety. It also helps those with chronic pain and it is a great way to spend time with friends and family.

Having a spa or hot tub is ultimately a cost-effective way to accomplish all of that without having to endure the continual expense of having to go to a gym, resort to anti-depressants and more.

That is of course if you have a quality spa or hot tub otherwise you are just increasing your stress and anxiety.

Are hot tubs worth it?

Nothing could be farther from the truth. As long as an effort is made to properly maintain a hot tub, it can be as clean, if not cleaner, than even a swimming pool.

Newer technologies have even taken it further with cleanable filters, new chemicals that are less harsh but still highly effective and pumping systems that not only help keep the water cleaner but make the tub easier to clean.

The biggest drawback to a hot tub is you have to use it in order to be effective, other than that, having a hot tub is a great idea for almost any home.

Are hot tubs safe?

Nothing is safe if you’re not using it rightly. Using a hot tub or spa requires paying close attention to safety tips and etiquette, even those that may seem like common sense.

  • Don’t enter a hot tub when you have diarrhea.
  • Don’t swallow hot tub water or even get it into your mouth.
  • Shower or bathe with soap before entering the hot tub.
  • Observe limits, if posted, on the maximum allowable number of bathers.
  • Don’t let children less than 5 years of age use hot tubs.
  • Don’t drink alcohol before entering the hot tub or during hot tub use.
  • If pregnant, consult a physician before hot tub use, particularly in the first trimester

How hot tubs work?

The hot tub pumps water down from a filter through a system of pipework into a pump/motor which then pumps into a heating element and then into the hot tub itself.

  • Controlling the temperature: Water temp is controlled by a digital keypad on the top side of the spa. Most of the hot tubs have a max temperature of 40 degrees C (104 degrees F). You can set temperature, filtration cycle, and mode through the console. Control pads have various shapes and button configurations.
  • Filtration System: Hot tub automatically filtrate the water without any need for user interaction. By default, the filtration cycle usually runs for 4 hours every 12 hours and allows your pump to run in a low-speed mode to circulate the water.
Hot tub spa working
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  • Ozonators: This converts oxygen into ozone. When an air stream passes a corona discharge (cd) chip or a UV lamp – ozone is created. The airflow is created through a small tube mounted on the Ozonator and on the airline of the hot tub. The flow created by the pump creates a venturi suction, which draws oxygen through the ozonator. The oxygen is then transformed into ozone and added to the water, where it dissolves. Ozone improves both the water quality in your hot tub and also helps chemical sanitizers work more efficiently.
  • Heating: After filtration, water is pumped through the heating element where it is warmed to the desired temperature. The heater is fitted with either a flow switch or overheats high-limit sensors – their purpose is to read the water flow through the heater so as to prevent the heater from overheating or going dry due to insufficient water.
  • Delivering water to the spa: After the heated water has passed through a series of pipes it reaches the jets. Canadian Spa hot tubs have a variety of sized jets that shoot the water into the tub. Adjustable jets use air induction that allows warm water to mix with air which gives you a more pressurized flow.
  • Jets: Air is mixed with the water by using the air controls creating a gentle or a most vigorous massage. Water flow is adjusted by simply turning the outer face of the full-sized jets. Our hot tubs have a combination of pulsating, rotating, and directional adjustable jets.
  • Diverter valve control: On most spas, there is a large diverter valve control located on the topside of the spa, this valve physically diverts the flow of water from one jet zone of the spa to the other – enabling more jet power being diverted to one or more occupants giving them a more powerful massage.

Where is hot tub drain?

The drain system is usually located at the bottom of the spa for easy maintenance.

Why drain the hot tub?

It is recommended to turn off and drain your spa every 3 months, clean and then refill through the filter housing. This helps to reduce the build-up of contaminants within the water and reduce reliance on chemical sanitizers.

How to drain hot tub?

Start by shutting off the electrical circuit breaker connected to your spa. Connect a hose to your drain and open the drain valve located at the side of the spa and let the water drain out.
Once the water has stopped flowing out of the drain valve, use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out any remaining water from each jet head (note: if your spa is equipped with a blower, briefly turn the power to the spa back on and run the blower for 10 seconds to remove excess water. shut off the power when finished).

Can hot tubs cause UTI (urinary tract infections)?

No, Its very rare to get UT infections through Hot tubs. However, Don’t sit in a hot tub for extended periods of time. Soaking for a long time allows bacteria from elsewhere on your body, or the body of anyone else in the tub, to enter your urethra. Keeping your hot tub clean and using it for optimum time will eliminate any risk of UTI

However, Hot tubs, or even very long baths, can cause the spread of yeast, known as vaginitis, and common skin infections like folliculitis. In the rare instance that a UTI is contracted while in the hot tub the bacteria known as, pseudomonas are going to be the cause. This bacteria makes up less than thirty percent of UTI cases, as E. coli is the most common cause of cases.

Consult the doctor should in case of any symptom of infections and irritation in order to gain a correct diagnosis and the best treatment. Even though time in the hot tub is thought to be a major cause of UTIs, women are more likely to contract the bacteria after intercourse, or through the use of diaphragms.

Are hot tubs good for colds?

Soaking in a hot tub can help you feel a little bit better if you have the flu or cold. Just make sure to stay hydrated, keep your hot tub clean and only soak in 20-minute intervals. Warm water combined with powerful jets may relieve your cold and flu symptoms in the most relaxing way possible. It will

  • Clear Out Your Stuffy Nose & Throat: As you lay back in a steaming hot tub, warm vapor clears your nose and throat, allowing you to breathe freely again. Just remember to keep a towel or handkerchief close by so that you can cleanly blow your nose!
  • Relieve Your Headaches and Body Aches: As if congestion, coughs and fatigue wasn’t enough, flu or cold tends to leave us with irritating aches that last all day long. Before you take that pain relief pill, try relaxing in the hot tub for a few minutes. The hot tub’s heat, buoyancy, and massage can provide you with instant natural pain relief.

Moreover, it improves Your Sleep as soaking in the warm waters of a hot tub puts your mind and body into a deep state of relaxation. When you experience this relaxation before you go to bed, you can fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep.

Are hot tubs good for sore muscles?

Yes, it is. A hot tub can help your tight muscles relax. Using a hot tub before your run on a cold day can help warm your muscles up and reduce post-run soreness.

However, it is recommended that you wait at least 36 to 48 hours after a hard run to use one.

Read more here

Are hot tubs good for arthritis?

Yes, You can cope with the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis with help of hot tubs and spas. The Arthritis Foundation recommends warm water therapy, and research confirms its benefits.

Hydrotherapy is the use of warm water to treat health conditions and ailments, such as arthritis. Hot tubs and spas provide a type of hydrotherapy that is more effective than simply soaking in a warm bath.

What is hot tub folliculitis?

Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of the skin around the lower part of the hair shaft (hair follicles). It occurs when you come into contact with certain bacteria that live in warm and wet areas. Read more here

Which hot tub brand is best?

Intex and Coleman are the most popular and trusted brands of hot tubs. Check our post about the comparison between best hot tub brands.

How much hot tub cost?

It can vary from $300 to more than $3000 depending upon the size, quality, and features. Check more details about the prices of hot tubs here

Which inflatable hot tub to buy?

Decide what is your requirement? do you need for 2 persons, 3 persons or 6 persons? then go to hot tubs comparison and choose one.

Other common Questions about Hot tubs

Will hot tub freeze overnight?

If you lose heat to your hot tub in the cold winter months, don’t panic!

For a Fully-Foamed hot tub to start to freeze the temperature needs to be below 28 degrees F for at least 36 Hours straight.

Even if it does get that cold if your hot tub & pumps are still operating, the water is circulating and will not freeze.

What is hot tub rash?

Hot tub rash, or dermatitis, is an infection of the skin.

Symptoms of hot tub rash include:

  • Itchy spots on the skin that become a bumpy red rash.
  • The rash is worse in areas that were previously covered by a swimsuit.
  • Pus-filled blisters around hair follicles.Hot tub rash can affect people of all ages.

Can hot tubs cause rashes?

Hot tub rash is often caused by infection with the germ Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This germ is common in the environment (for example, in the water and soil) and is microscopic, so it can’t be seen with the naked eye. Read more here

What is hot tub lung?

HTL is a diffuse granulomatous lung disease caused by inhalation of water aerosol containing non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), in most cases belonging to the Mycobacterium avium complex

Can hot tubs cause miscarriage?

No studies have investigated whether sauna use in early pregnancy affects a woman’s chance of having a miscarriage. The risk of miscarriage appeared to be highest in women who used hot tubs frequently and at higher temperatures.

Doctors Warn Pregnant Women to Avoid Hot Tubs. The reason behind the recommendation against hot tubs has to do with body temperature.

Researchers have found that having an elevated body temperature in early pregnancy increases the risk of neural tube defects; the same finding applies to fevers during pregnancy.

How to hot tub chemicals?

You need chemicals to maintain pH, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness of hot tub water in range. We have a complete post about dummies guide to chemicals for hot tub

 

Are hot tubs clean?

Nothing is clean. if you don’t keep it clean and maintain. So is the hot tub.

Can hot tubs be used with cold water

Too hot for hot water? No problem!

Turning your hot tub into a cool tub is easy and quick! All you have to do is turn the heater off! For the fastest turnover, take the cover off and keep the jets running. The temperature of the water will drop quickly.

To keep the water cool and refreshing during the summer, keep hot tub covers on during sunny days and anytime you’re not using it. To help bring a chill to the water, let the jets running at night on cooler evenings.

Unlike a pool hot tubs are insulated. The insulation will help keep the water temperature cool and resistant to the warm summer sun.

Cool hot tubs are also popular with kids, it’s like having their own personal pool.

Turn your hot tub into a cool tub, kick back and cool off in style!

Which hot tub for the UK?

There are two hot tubs for the UK among our list of best hot tubs.

Will hot tubs kill sperm?

Exposure to the high temperatures in saunas and hot tubs can heat things up down there, and if the temperature of the testicles gets too high, it can kill sperm and interfere with sperm production, potentially resulting in low sperm count and motility

Will hot tubs cause yeast infections?

Organisms found in hot tubs can cause a wide variety of ailments, including skin rashes and infections, urinary tract infections, irritation of the digestive system, and even hepatitis and Legionnaires’ disease.

Will hot tubs kill scabies?

Quite controversial information online.

Some people say in a super hot sauna you can feel the mites freak out and die. The mites get burning and push to the surface and jump.

Yes, it feels good. You get (temporary) relief. But it might do more harm than good.

For one, hot showers will not help kill scabies and can actually make your itching worse.

Hot water will dry out and irritate your skin which is further damaging it’s already challenged the state. The water strips away natural oils from the outer layer, and without those oils, your skin becomes dry and irritated.

Will hot tubs make you sterile/infertile?

Exposure to hot baths or hot tubs can lead to male infertility, but the effects can sometimes be reversible, according to a new study led by a University of California, San Francisco urologist.

Will hot tubs kill lice?

Hot tub water contains chlorine & chlorine can kill lice. But the chlorine level in the hot tub will not likely be enough to kill them or get them out of your hair.

It especially will have no impact on their eggs (also called nits) that are glued to your hair shafts. With the lifecycle of lice, if you have missed nits you will have a noticeable new population after about a month.

Will hot tub water kill grass?

Many people have drained water in lawn and it didn’t kill the grass.

But hot tub water contains chlorine. The chlorine can and sometimes will kill grass. So the risk is there. Take some precautions while doing it

Will hot tub remove spray tan?

Yes, It will take it off really quickly, because hot water softens your skin and so your skin exfoliates faster.

Spray tanning solution only affects dead skin cells that sit on top of your skin and are due to exfoliating anyway, anything that speeds up that process will affect the tan.

Hot tub takes it off real fast, often in patches.

Have any other question? feel free to ask in comments

 

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