So, you are officially a new owner of a hot tub. Whether you’ve purchased your first hot tub or recently inherited one with the purchase of a new home, this is an exciting time! Hooray! Not only are backyard hot tubs a great investment, they help to relieve stress and can be good for your overall health. But you are not sure about the first thing with owning a spa. Well, here is a quick guide to explain the basics of hot tub ownership.
Know your Hot Tub
Before you dive into taking care of your new spa, you need to know what you will be dealing with. Understanding the basics of your spa is important. Many people may refer to their hot tub as a spa, portable spa or jacuzzi. These are all additional terms people use to refer to hot tubs. Knowing the make and model of your new spa are important. Once you acquire this information read over the owner’s manual so you are aware of the specifications of your spa. Hot Tubs vary in make, model, size, and features, similar to your vehicle.
Circulating your Spa
Select spas come with a built-in schedule for how often they run. Having this feature can save you from having to remember to run your spa. If you do not have a built-in schedule feature it is important you run your spa once or twice a day. The more often you run your spas circulation cycle, the cleaner it will be. The circulation cycle is powered by the spa’s jets and circulates the water for 15-20 minutes. This cycle also runs the water through the spas cartridges, cleaning the water and removing any debris or particles.
Cleaning your Hot Tub
Regular maintenance will increase the life of your hot tub. The more you take care of it, typically the longer it will last. Cleaning your spa consists of draining your spa once every 3-6 months. The more you use it, the more often the water should be drained. When you refill your spa with water, make sure the waterline and seats are clear of any debris. Another important piece to clean are the spas filters. Simply remove the filters and rinse them off inside (permitted you have a large sink) or with a garden hose and then soak them in warm water and filter cleaner. Rinse them very well after 8-12 hours. This will remove any particles built up on the filter and keep them working to the highest of their ability.
Owning a backyard hot tub can be exciting, but there can be a learning curve. By maintaining your spa, it will help reduce the amount of work you are required to do. Make sure not to let your spa sit for too long without any care, as it will require more work and will not preserve the life of your hot tub. You can get all your water care products and spa maintenance products at Niagara’s best hot tub dealer, Niagara Hot Tub. Stop by our showroom today to chat with one of our knowledgeable staff if you’re uncertain on how to properly maintain your spa.