You can’t believe everything you hear. This goes for information about hot tubs as well. The only information you should take to heart about these products is what you hear from the experts. Especially when it comes to myths that are floating around on the Internet or stored away in our memory. Something that your friend’s cousin’s husband’s daughter said to you three years ago might not be the most accurate. There are many benefits to soaking in a hot tub on a regular basis. Let’s not let a few inaccurate myths ruin that for us.
Here are the top eight hot tub myths and the facts to put them to rest indefinitely.
Myth #1: Chlorine or Bromine Irritates My Eyes
Well, even if you have a sensitivity towards either of the chemicals mentioned above, you wouldn’t be bothered by the levels of them in a hot tub. In fact, if you experience any burning sensation in your eyes, it will most likely be because of the pH imbalance of the water. Our eyes are normally okay with a pH of 1.7, if there’s a deflection of it somehow, your eyes will burn. So, to stop it, check the pH levels along with the chlorine and bromine levels if your tub.
Myth #2: Anti-Freeze Keeps the Water from Freezing in the Winter
Yes, it might keep the water from freezing in a hot tub, but it is not advisable for you to use it in a hot tub.
Why? Because anti-freeze chemicals are harmful to our skin as well as the inner tissues when it is absorbed. There are other ways you can stop the water from freezing, but adding an antifreeze shouldn’t be the one.
Myth #3: Hot Tubs Require Tons of Cleaning
The filtration system of your hot tub suffices in cleaning the water of your tub directly and, therefore, the tub indirectly. So, saying that a hot tub needs frequent cleaning or “too much” cleaning is an over-exaggeration.
If your tub’s filtration system isn’t working properly, you can simply increase the frequency, clean your hot tub, or inspect the system. If something isn’t operating quite right, a professional will be able to help you troubleshoot the issue.
Myth #4: You Can Save Money by Using Pool Chlorine Tablets
You can use these tablets to clean or sanitize the water ONLY in the swimming pool. They are designed for slowly dissolving in the cold water and the hot water of your spa simply dissolves them too quickly. Also, they have a low pH and a high chlorine content, which disturbs the actual chemical balance of the tub. So, instead of using them, only use sanitizers designed specifically for hot tubs.
Myth #5: Using a Motor with Horsepower is Always Better
It is not the horsepower but the water volume output that determines the speed of the water jets. Therefore, when looking for an efficient pump motor, always buy the one that has a low horsepower but a high-water volume output.
Myth #6: The Best Hot Tubs Have Tons of Jets
Opting for more jets just because some manufacturers advertise that this contributes to a better spa experience isn’t the way to go. A large increase in jets can actually make the hot tub uncomfortable for our muscles. Instead of installing more jets, focus on their strength and placement.
Myth #7: Hot Tubs Are Expensive to Operate
That could only happen when your hot tub is cheap and not energy efficient. There are proper tubs available that only cost about $10 to $14 per month to operate. So, why not buy them? The energy efficiency largely depends on the quality of the pump motor, insulation of the tub, and a sealing cover.
At Twin City Jacuzzi, we have a large selection of energy efficient hot tubs for sale.
Myth #8: Clean Filters in the Dishwasher
The last thing you should ever do is put your hot tub filters in the dishwasher. This can greatly damage your filters, and if used in the hot tub afterward, cause an imbalance in the water. This is because the temperature and the high pressure of the dishwasher can damage the filters and cartridges, while the soap can leave a film that emits into the hot tub water.
Instead of this, soaking in a solution specifically designed for hot tub filters is the best option.
Hot Tubs in Minnesota
Well, there you have it! Eight myths about hot tubs and the facts that put them to shame. As we mentioned before, you should always listen to the experts at your local hot tub store for information regarding the cost, energy efficiency, cleaning routines, and more. For more information, contact our experts at Twin City Jacuzzi in Burnsville and Plymouth to get started.