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Unraveling 8 Hot Tub Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

The world of hot tubs is surrounded by a tapestry of myths, some of which can deter potential enthusiasts from experiencing the therapeutic and relaxing benefits that spas offer. In this article, we will delve deeper into 8 of the most prevalent misconceptions surrounding hot tubs, shedding light on the facts to provide a clearer picture of the truth.

Myth #1: Hot Tubs Are Unsanitary:

One prevailing notion that tends to discourage someone interested in a spa is the belief that the waters are havens for bacteria and germs. However, this myth can be dispelled by understanding the importance of proper hot tub maintenance. When a hot tub is diligently cleaned and maintains the right chemical balance, it poses no more risk than other water-based recreational areas, such as swimming pools. Regularly monitoring and adjusting pH and chlorine levels ensures a clean and safe hot tub environment.

Myth #2: Hot Tubs Are High Maintenance:

While maintaining a hot tub requires effort, it does not necessarily translate into a significant financial investment. Regular testing and treatment of water, typically costing around $20 per month, are essential. Filter cartridges, which only need replacement every two years and cost approximately $40, contribute to reasonable upkeep expenses. Smart hot tub owners also use high-quality covers to minimize operational costs, bringing monthly expenses as low as $15. The need for expensive and large repairs on reputable hot tubs is few and far between.

up close of spa jets in action

Myth #3: The More Jets, the Better:

The belief that more jets equate to better hot tub performance is a common misconception. It’s the type, quality, and placement of spa jets that contribute to a hot tub’s maximum massaging powers, not the sheer quantity. Buyers should prioritize the design and effectiveness of jets over their number when selecting a hot tub. Another thing to consider is the number of pumps and the horsepower of those pumps. The volume the pumps push directly contributes to the effectiveness and power of the jets.

Myth #4: Hot Tubs Are Only for Winter:

Contrary to popular belief, hot tubs aren’t exclusive to the winter months. While they undoubtedly offer a cozy refuge during colder seasons, hot tubs are equally enjoyable and refreshing in warmer weather. The warm water and massaging jets can provide relief and relaxation, making hot tubs a year-round source of comfort and leisure. A regular hot tub routine even in warm months can provide numerous health benefits. Check this article for a brief overview of the many benefits spas offer.

Myth #5: Hot Tubs Are a Wasteful Expense:

Concerns about high energy consumption often deter individuals from investing in a hot tub. However, modern hot tubs are designed with energy efficiency in mind. Features such as insulated covers, programmable timers, and energy-efficient heaters contribute to managing energy costs. With proper usage and maintenance, the expense associated with hot tub ownership becomes reasonable, making them a sustainable and worthwhile investment. Power consumption of a hot tub is usually one of the top expenses prospective buyers are concerned with, but these days the average spa (depending on where you live) usually costs about $20-50$ a month.

holding an inline frog system for a hot tub

Myth #6: Chlorine Burns Your Eyes:

While chlorine is a potent chemical, it’s not the primary culprit behind eye irritation in hot tubs. Imbalanced pH levels are often the cause. Regularly checking water balance with a home test kit and adjusting the pH as needed can prevent eye irritation.  Another option for some spas is to use their in-line systems that typically use a cartridge of chlorine and minerals to regulate spa water for up to a month at a time. These in-line sanitation systems utilize Smart-chlor from Frog, a company that manufactures spa chemical systems. Smart-chlor maintains a consistently low free chlorine level for the life of the cartridge (about four weeks).  SmartChlor keeps a chlorine reserve that automatically releases only when contaminants are present which reduces chlorine use by about 75%. Reduced chlorine makes water easier on skin and hot tub surfaces. When dichlor is used (the typical granulated chlorine) and hot tub water is not regularly shocked, the water builds up a strong chlorine odor which contrary to common opinion, means you have to little active chlorine, not too much.

Myth #7: Hot Tubs Can Cause High Blood Pressure:

The belief that spas can lead to increased blood pressure is rooted in the temporary physiological effects of soaking in warm water. While hot tubs can initially raise heart rate, they will actually lower blood pressure due to vasodilation. It is crucial for individuals with pre-existing health conditions to consult with healthcare professionals before using a hot tub. For the majority, however, enjoying a hot tub experience can not only be safe but also beneficial to overall well-being.

Myth #8: Hot Tubs Are a Luxury Reserved for the Wealthy:

Historically seen as a luxury item, hot tubs are now more accessible than ever, thanks to technological advancements and manufacturing innovations. There exists a range of options catering to different budgets, making hot tub ownership a feasible reality for many individuals. Most dealers also offer financing which means you can get into a new spa for as little as $2000 down.

With the dispelling of these spa myths, there has never been a more opportune moment to immerse yourself in the world of relaxation and well-being by acquiring a new spa. At Custom Fireplace BBQ & Spa, we invite you to explore the extensive array of cutting-edge spa options that not only break free from misconceptions but also promise to deliver unparalleled health benefits. Our commitment to quality and innovation ensures that each spa in our collection is designed to provide a customized and rejuvenating experience. Step into a realm where the soothing ambiance and therapeutic properties of our spas redefine your leisure time. Don’t let myths hold you back; embrace the truth about the transformative power of spas and embark on a journey towards enhanced well-being. Visit Custom Fireplace BBQ & Spa today and discover the perfect spa to elevate your lifestyle and prioritize your health and relaxation.