Are Saltwater Hot Tubs Better? (Yes, this is why)
Nothing beats the feeling of a hot bath in your spa at the end of a tiresome day.
However, different hot tubs offer various benefits and experiences, and recently,it has been noted that most owners prefer saltwater hot tubs. But Are Saltwater Hot Tubs Better?
After countless baths in my saltwater hot tub and asking my friends for their reviews regarding the same.
I would say; Yes, saltwater hot tubs may be the better option to consider when choosing a hot tub among other different hot tubs since they are easier to use.
You avoid contact with harsh chemicals such as chlorine.
You should, however, note that the absence of chlorine in saltwater hot tubs does not mean they are unsafe as the saltwater offers the same level of water safety as chlorine.
In other words, there is no difference in their sanitation level.
In addition to having bath water which is relatively friendly to your skin due to the absence of chemicals
You are sure to have an overall great hot tub experience just like you would have in most of the other hot tub types.
And oh! You should also be aware that the saltwater hot tub is also friendly for your hair.
What Are The Benefits Of Saltwater Hot Tubs?
If you are still debating whether the saltwater hot tubs are perfect for you and if you should acquire one.
Here are some of the benefits which I guess may hasten your decision-making. These benefits include both physical and maintenance properties.
Fewer chemicals; Saltwater hot tubs have fewer chemicals, and only a small amount is added.
Therefore, the water tends to be smoother, softer, and purer than those with loads of chemicals which are often corrosive or harsh to the skin.
No irritating smell; saltwater hot tubs eliminate the possibility of having to endure the irritating chemical smell such as that of chlorine, and there is a minimum amount of chemical presence in the water.
You are sure to enjoy longer bath hours without feeling nauseated, especially if you are not a fan of chemical odor.
Less discomfort; chemicals in chlorine baths often tend to cause discomfort and irritation to the skin.
However, with saltwater hot tubs, there are not many chemicals involved; thus, you are likely to enjoy a generally soothing bath.
Water conservation; Saltwater hot tubs do not require frequent refills; thus, the amount of water used for a while is relatively less than that which may have been used in other types of hot tubs.
Therefore, owning one of these will give you peace of mind knowing you are conserving water as you enjoy your baths.
Well, I suppose you wouldn’t want to incur a high water bill which you can easily avoid by using the right hot tub for the job.
Did you know that some saltwater hot tubs may only require draining and refill once a year?
Better health: when referring to better health, we consider the relation between water density and your body to gravity. For instance, the saltwater is denser, thereby making it easier for you to float.
The gravitational effect on your muscles and joints is therefore significantly reduced as you enjoy a relaxation feeling while having your good time in the hot tub.
What Are The Cons Of Saltwater Hot Tubs?
Well, no doubt that everything with a benefit is often accompanied by a disadvantages in one way or the other, and in this case, the saltwater hot tubs are no exemption.
After looking into several benefits you may expect, some of the cons associated with them are;
High cost; the saltwater hot tubs are easier to manage when it comes to maintenance.
However, this comes at a price, and you have to endure a high initial installation cost which is often higher than that of a regular hot tub which uses normal chlorine water.
If you want to install one of them, you should be ready to part with a relatively significant amount of cash.
Corrosive properties; the saltwater hot tubs are gentler to the skin, especially when compared to the other hot tubs, which always have many chemicals in them.
However, the little amounts of chemical properties in the saltwater hot tubs do not necessarily mean they are non-corrosive.
The corrosive property exists but in small quantities.
Always ensure the hot tub is adequately cleaned and exposed metal parts wiped.
You should also always provide the salinity is maintained at a standard level and not too high.
Maintenance of the salt cell; the other fact you have to come into terms with is that you must keep adequate maintenance of the salt cell. You should regularly inspect it and ensure it is clean.
For instance, cleaning should be done after about every three months. The sat cell also requires replacement after use of a period of at least one year.
It may remain in service for up to three years, after which it is advised you have it changed.
Making a replacement costs about $100 and sometimes maybe slightly higher. Considering it is done after a year to three years, I would say it is a relatively good deal.
Are saltwater hot tubs sanitary?
Just like the bromine and chlorine hot tubs, the saltwater hot tubs are also sanitary.
The only difference is that the salt components are converted into chlorine but in small quantities, which are not likely to produce chemical odor or skin irritation;
The two factors are mostly associated with standard chlorine hot tubs.
However, to ensure sanitation of the saltwater hot tubs is maintained, all parts of the hot tubs, such as the salt cell, should be performing adequately and efficiently.
Are saltwater hot tubs easier to maintain?
Saltwater hot tubs are relatively easier to maintain, and their high initial cost of installation should not make you shy off from acquiring one.
Unlike the standard chlorine hot tubs, which will have you adding more chemicals more often and having to drain and refill after short intervals.
The saltwater hot tubs extract chlorine from salt components in the water to ensure sanitization and maintain water cleanliness.
You are, therefore, exempted from the hassle and cost incurred in purchasing chemicals used in the hot tubs.
Apart from the required chemicals, which you may have to buy for the standard hot tub constantly, there is the draining and refilling you should keep in mind.
For the saltwater hot tub, draining may be done after about one or even up to three years of use; thus, the saltwater hot tubs are easier to maintain and therefore cost-efficient.
What should I know before buying a hot tub?
When you want to acquire a hot tub, there are several factors in play which you should keenly consider before making any purchases.
Different hot tubs have other properties which work best under certain conditions.
Therefore, to highlight some of the points you should think about as you set to buy a hot tub, here are some ideas;
Cost: When referring to the hot tub cost, you should involve both the initial purchase, installation cost, and maintenance cost.
Ignoring either of them may result in unexpected disappointments since there are bathtubs easily acquired at relatively low prices, but the overall maintenance cost is high.
Likewise, there are those with high installation costs but are accompanied by low maintenance.
Therefore, you should understand the general purchase and running cost of a hot tub before making any purchases.
Heating system: one of the main reasons why you may intend to acquire a hot tub is to experience relatively warm or hot baths. And a hot tub should be that; hot.
Therefore, if you want to acquire a hot tub, you should confirm how efficient the heating is, especially if you intend to locate your hot tub outdoors.
Heat retention ability: efficient hot tubs should have a high heat retention ability and maintain the hot water temperature for a long time.
This property is often determined by the material with which the hot tub is manufactured or where it is located.
Hot tubs which do not retain heat often require continuous heating, which may result in incurring high electrical bills.
You wouldn’t want a hot tub which will make you spend more on operational cost than the amount you used while purchasing.
Always keep these factors in mind, among many others, when acquiring a hot tub.
Instead, it is better to ask your dealer for more information regarding the types of hot tubs you are interested in acquiring.
When’s the best time to buy a hot tub?
Is there a best stipulated time for buying a hot tub? Well, if you think it is time you start enjoying those hot relaxing baths and interested in acquiring a hot tub but not sure of ‘when,’ I would say get it “Now.”
Hot tubs are great to have, and the baths are so therapeutic you wouldn’t get enough of them.
I honestly don’t know what would be holding you back from acquiring one, especially when you have all other factors considered.
Hot tubs can be purchased at any time in the year, and the seasonal changes may also not affect much of their use. They can be used during both the summer and winter seasons.
However, when it comes to different seasons and temperature changes, owners always have a different approach to which they make use of their hot tubs.
Some may decide to suspend their exciting hot tubs experience until the season s passed, while others may make some modifications and continue enjoying their therapeutic baths.
And is there a better feeling than dipping yourself in warm water when there is an external low temperature?
One of the changes you may make during low-temperature conditions such as winter is moving your hot tub indoors, that is if you are not a fan of the low temperature outside.
Identify a space that can adequately accommodate your hot tub and set it up to enable you to continue your routine baths.
Also, you can just let your hot tub remain outside but buy a hot tub cover which you then equip onto it.
The cover plays a crucial role in ensuring the heat is retained, and you will not need to heat it every time you want to use it, thus, preventing you from incurring a high electricity cost.
Should my hot tub be under a roof?
Different hot tub owners prefer different ways of using them. Some may leave theirs in the open, while others would like to have a roof over.
When there is a roof over your hot tub, it remains shielded from environmental elements such as direct sunlight.
When the hot tub is continuously hit by direct sunlight, it is just a matter of time before it weakens.
The materials used in manufacturing your hot tub may not have the capacity t withstand direct sunlight for a long time.
Therefore, having a roof over it may be one of the best hot tub maintenance decisions to make, or you will be moving back to the hot tub store sooner for a replacement.
Also, constant evaporation will ensure you have to refill the hot tub and add chemicals after few intervals, translating to high expenses.
Apart from considering the incurred costs involved when running a roofed hot tub, some hot tub owners marvel at other things, such as the privacy they offer.
If you want to avoid nosy neighbors or unwanted attention, then you should consider having a roof over your hot tub, and of course, perhaps other additional side covers depending on what you are trying to shield yourself.
You should, however, note that when you decide to put a roof over your hot tub.
Additional coverings and walls, then the sound produced when the hot tub is running may seem to be more than the one you are used to; it may be noisy.
It is often not a big deal, and you may not realize much of a difference.
Anyway, the types of enclosures may be different, and you should try out the one you want first;
If you are not satisfied with the outcome, there is always something you can tune-up to give you the desired feeling of satisfaction with the result.
Should I put a hot tub roof during winter?
You may be wondering, since exposure to the sun is one of the main reasons why a hot tub owner may be thinking about having a roof over their hot tubs.
What about when it’s wintertime with temperatures falling below the zero marks? Should you also have the roof during winter?
I would say yes. Suppose you will be using your hot tub during winter, then having a roof over it may play a beneficial role which you may not have anticipated.
For instance, you will be shielded from falling snow when hot tubbing. Also, there may be strong winds and occasional rainfall, which will not affect your routine baths in the hot tub whenever they occur.
However, supposing you do not intend to use your hot tub during winter, then safely covering it for storage may be a better choice to consider.
There is no need to make a roof over it if it may remain unused for the rest of the winter.
If you still feel like it should have a roof, you may also go ahead.
Well, least to say, you will be ensuring double storage protection for the hot tub such that when summer comes and it is time to use it, the hot tub will be ready and may require only a little cleaning and tuning.
Hot tubs left unused in the open often don’t last long and may require much service attention when they are to be used again.
Sometimes they may be so damaged a regular fix may not be of much help, thus prompting a replacement.
Generally, saltwater hot tubs are better.
They are accompanied by many more benefits that may change your mind if you were considering other choices due to the high initial cost required for installation.
All you should do is set it up, and as soon as everything is in place and the hot tub starts running, you may not have to engage it much with maintenance issues for up to one year of use.
You should not also worry about the right time to get one of these saltwater hot tubs.
Just head to the hot tub dealer, enquire more information about the designs you want and any other essential detail you should be aware of before making purchases.
Once you settle on one that suits you, get it and start enjoying your hot baths.
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