Save Energy by Replacing Your Spa Cover

Floating Soft Top Foam CoverSpa covers are essentially used to protect the hot tub, as well as insulate it while it is not being used. You might think it’s just an insignificant component or accessory to your tub, but what you may not realize is that a spa cover is actually one of the most important parts to your hot tub.

The cover provides insulation to your tub, and lowers the amount of evaporation that occurs. This ultimately saves you money in energy bills and water costs over the long run. In addition, covers provide protection to your spa, keeping debris and critters out when it is not in use.  It also serves as a safety tool, particularly if you have young children around that could accidentally fall into the tub’s water.

As important as this component of your hot tub is, it’s important to take good care of it. For starters, you may want to consider investing in cover lifters, which make it very easy to remove the cover from the hot tub. These covers are quite heavy, so the odds of it being dragged on the ground when being taken off without lifters are quite high. By dragging it on the ground, you risk damaging the vinyl, which will therefore degrade the cover.  A cover lifter also keeps it safely off the ground when it is not in use.

Dream Star Hot Tub CoverAfter years of usage, your cover will need to be replaced. No matter how well you take care of it, after a certain amount of time, and wear and tear, it will need replacement. For instance, the chemicals that are regularly added to the water will eventually erode the foam core of the cover. When this happens, mould and bacteria are allowed to fester in the cover, which poses a health hazard.  The sun and elements also wreak havoc on the outside of the cover.

Other options aside from standard covers are available. For instance, thicker covers are available that offer a little more strength if you need it. These are ideal for those who live in climates that experience a great deal of snowfall, as they hold more weight and provide better insulation.

There are also floating covers that add an extra thermal barrier to keep the heat inside the water.

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Hot Tub Water Test Kits and Test Strips

Spa Breeze ChemicalsTesting spa water is simple with either a water test kit for chlorine based spas or test strips for chlorine or bromine based spas.

A water test kit is preferred by some as it is said to be more accurate, but the test strips to an equally fine job of alerting the spa owner to a chemical imbalance in the hot tub.

A water test kit comes with a dual chamber plastic vile with level readouts. On one side, a test for chlorine is done by adding 5 drops of OTO to the water sample. On the other side, the test for water pH is done by adding 5 drops of phenol red to a sample of hot tub water filled to the fill line.

The caps are put on and the viles are shaken up to get the correct readout.  Then adjust the water’s sanitizer and pH levels.

Water test strips usually come in viles of 50 strips per container and they come in all sorts of different configurations.  A popular test strip is the one that has 4 tests – chlorine, bromine, pH and alkalinity.  Of course it won’t test for both chlorine and bromine because you should be using either bromine or chlorine as the sanitizer, never mixing the two.  But this allows hot tub owners of both bromine and chlorine based spas to purchase the same test strip without worrying about it in case they eventually want to switch sanitizer after a water change, or to just not worry about being sure they purchased the correct test strip.

The pH levels on the test strip will indicate over/under and allow for adjustment to within the 7.2-7.6 range.  Some suggest it is ok to go as far as 7.8 pH and still be ok.

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Keep test strips in a dry place to be sure they do not get moist which can affect readings from the test strip. Follow directions on the container they come in and take the reading right away after dipping the test strip in the water as the colors can change over time after the test is taken.

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What are the Best Hot Tub Features?

Hot tub spa featuresWhen it comes to hydrotherapy, QCA Spas offers a wave lounger so every spot on the body gets massaged as the moving massage goes row by row.

One consideration is how much hydrotherapy or how many jets are desired? Up to about 40 jets works with a single pump spa. Any more than that should have 2 pumps in the spa. Another pump is the air blower that is also found in the higher end spas.

Zoning is a system that moves water flow from one section of the spa to another. This helps a one pump spa provide more power to a particular side of the spa as needed.

The deluxe spas with air blowers also feature turbo charging where the water gets another boost from the forced air of the blower that can be routed through the water lines or through the dedicated air injectors for a more champagne like bubbling that spas are known for.

Many quality hot tub features are hidden such as quality, name brand components, pumps, controls and heaters. Other features are out in the open for all to see such as the waterfall feature or LED lighting.

A sound system can also be added to most any spa. There is the lower end sound system with speakers and the high end Vibrasound system that turns the spa shell into the speaker creating a uniform sound field no matter where you sit in the spa. The Vibrasound system also adds the subwoofer for true bass.

Hot tub featuresAlthough an aromatherapy canister can be added to most spas that are outfitted with a spa blower, the most popular form of aromatherapy comes in liquid or crystal form that can be added to any hot tub, even those without a dedicated aromatherapy system.

Another nice feature is the integrated chemical dispenser inside the filter. This avoids having to use a floater to hold the bromine or chlorine tablets.

Want a salt water spa? Almost any mid-range or higher end QCA Spas can be upgraded to a salt system by adding the bromine salt system. Just buy the Bromicharge sodium bromide and put a reserve in the spa water, then the chemicals to kill bacteria and sanitizer the water are manufactured automatically by the bromine salt system cell.

Unlike an ozonator that can be retrofitted later, the bromine salt system is best when factory installed at the time of ordering to avoid a costly service bill.

hot tub spaWhen using the spa outdoors, always use a hard cover instead of a flexible soft cover that may come standard with the lower end spas.  Get a free hard cover upgrade on those spas as well from Hot Tub Outpost. They believe in offering quality from the get-go to avoid any unpleasant surprises. After all, you want to get into your spa and enjoy it from day 1, and not receive an incomplete kit.

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Buying A Used Hot Tub

Used hot tub spasThinking about buying a used hot tub?  Found a hot tub in your new home or getting one second hand?  There are things to consider before jumping into that used hot tub for the first time.

It is a good idea to know about how old the spa is.  This can be determined from information on the spa pack or electronics box, or possibly listed in the owner’s manual if transferred with the spa.  Another method to determine a hot tub’s age is by serial number.  These are often date coded so that the month and year of manufacture can be determined.  The actual spa manufacturer also may be able to look up the serial number in their production database to help determine a spa’s age.

Typically a hot tub cover may need to be replaced after about 7 years.  Pumps that are older than 3 years or so and are broken may be better off being exchanged rather than repaired.  If the water quality was not maintained by the previous owner, then pump seals and other o-rings and gaskets in the system may wear, causing leaks.

At minimum, by filling and adding 2 capfuls of chlorine to attempt to kill bacteria in the lines are the best in super chlorinating the spa.  The new product is also available at www.HotTubOutpost.com for cleaning the pipes and inside lines of a hot tub and is highly recommended in addition to chlorine to give the pipes and hoses a new beginning.

Replace the cartridge filter with a brand new one for your model.  Determine if the cover is still good or needs to be replaced as well.

Used hot tubs can save money, but can also cost money to get them up to speed.  If the electronics and pumps work, and the spa does not leak, it is a good start, but the spa will need to be cleaned inside and out and brought up to proper operating standards. Note that if water chemistry was not properly maintained, another thing that may go wrong is that the spa heats slowly or not at all. This could be the result of a calcified heater element with calcium buildup on the element inside the flow through heater. This makes it harder for the heater to do its job and ends up costing the owner more in electricity.  The solution is to replace the heater.

buy used hot tubsThere are 2 types of heaters. Those with the sensors on the outside of the tube and those with sensors on the inside of the tube (like recent model Balboa heaters). The ones with sensors on the inside usually are not hooked up to a pressure switch, whereas older models have a separate pressure switch that makes sure the heater can only work when safe.

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Using Hot Tub Replacement Parts To Repair Your Spa

Installing a hot tub or spa in your backyard can be an amazing source of relief from stress and an oasis for relaxation, especially after a particularly long and hard-working day. It is incredibly convenient to be able to access a hot tub right in the comfort of your own home.  Day or night you can reap the hydrotherapy benefits that hot tub spas offer.

In order to be able to enjoy water therapy for a long time, you need to care for your tub and repair any parts that need repairing or replacement. Doing so will extend the life of your tub, and will prolong the enjoyment it gives you. In addition, obtaining hot tub replacement parts for your spa will give you an economical alternative to having your tub fixed by a professional, or replacing the entire hot tub altogether.

Who Do You Call For Quality Hot Tub Replacement Parts?

If you are looking for specific parts for your tub, or simply aren’t sure what you need, call the professionals at TheHotTubSuperstore.com for knowledgeable and friendly customer service and advice. They will be able to help you find the exact hot tub replacement parts that you need to repair your hot tub.

TheHotTubSuperstore.com is a Toronto, Ontario based company who manufactures, distributes and supplies a wide range of high quality parts for all spa makes and models of hot tubs. They have a large inventory of parts and accessories in stock, which allows them to fill orders immediately.  Online ordering is easy and you can have your spa parts shipped right to your front door anywhere in Canada.

Some of the parts and accessories that they supply include the following:

Covers and cover lifters;
Safety rails;
Towel racks;
Spa bars;
Steps;
Spa packs;
Umbrellas;
Spa fragrances;
Ambient Lighting to add a soothing and relaxing element to your spa experience;
Ozonators;
Topside controllers;
Bromine generators;
Air blowers;
Water care products

TheHotTubSuperstore.com offers everything you could possibly need to repair or maintain your spa.  No matter your make or model, you can get hot tub replacement parts for your spa. If you can’t find what you need on their website, call their friendly customer service representatives who will track that part down for you. Call them today and take advantage of their FREE shipping policy (for orders over $250) to anywhere in Canada.

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