Salt Water Hot Tubs - What Makes Them Different? (Video)

Posted by Austin Bayley & Jordan Harboldt on Jul 3, 2018 3:22:24 PM

Some of you may know what makes salt water hot tubs different than a regular hot tub. Some of you may not. No, I'm not talking about the fancy technology behind it. I am talking about what makes it different in the way it feels and the experience of using/owning one. So, Jordan from our sales team made a video going over these differences. Hope this helps answer some questions!

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How Can A Hot Tub Still Be Refreshing In Hot Weather? Read Here To Find Out, Plus Tips & Tricks!

Posted by Austin Bayley on May 30, 2018 8:16:08 AM

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Even as a big proponent of hot tubs and their virtues, I still occasionally experience difficulty in believing that hot tubs are refreshing in warm summer weather. Slipping into a hot tub on a stifling day hardly sounds fun, right? However incredulous it may seem, it's absolutely accurate that a hot tub can be a wonderful relief. A hot tub truly is a year round product that offers the same level of enjoyment whether it is a freezing winter day dipping into the negatives or a sweltering summer heat wave nearing or cresting triple digits. The problem is that sometimes we associate the temperature of water like we do with that of the air. Think about it: stand outside in 33 degree temperatures and it is certainly cold, but it is nothing like being submerged in 33 degree water, where your life is in peril.

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It all comes down to the simple fact that any water temperature below our internal body temperature (98.6 F) is going to have a cooling effect because it is absorbing heat that we are producing. Water has the unique property of absorbing an enormous amount of heat, even if the thermometer says the temperature is low. Quick science lesson: heat is a measure of molecular activity, while temperature is the intensity of that activity. We think of a lot of water we encounter like ponds, lakes, and pools as being cold, and indeed the temperature probably is cold. There is, however, a large amount of heat in that body of water because there is a lot of water molecule activity; the molecules just might not be experiencing a lot of activity and thus resulting in a lower temperature. Simply turning a tub down between a range of 80 F and a several degrees lower than your body temperature will deliver a refreshing soak (personally, I prefer between 90 and 92 F). As you sit in a hot tub with water in this temperature range swirling around you, the water is drawing heat from your body and working to cool you down. It provides a revitalizing escape, but without the bracing shock of cold water that you might find in a cooler pool or lake.

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How do you enjoy the benefits of a cooler tub? Check out our tips below.

Tips & tricks for making your tub cooler. These tips make the assumption that you set the temperature on the tub to your desired number:

  • Drain your tub while simultaneously filling it up with cool water from the garden hose. This is a quick fix to drop the temperature of your tub quickly in one session. It also acts to replace some of the water in your tub if you have not replaced it recently.
  • Run the air jets (if your tub is equipped) with the hot tub cover open. This will help heat dissipate quicker from your tub.
  • If you’re really in a pinch, you can even dump a bag of store bought ice into the tub to absorb some heat and bring the temperature down.

There are also virtues of having a warm tub in the mornings and evenings of summer. Soaking in a warmer tub in the mornings and evenings provides a refreshing environment for the senses to awaken and muscles to limber up for a day of activity; conversely, it provides a way to relax and relieve muscle tension in achy limbs and joints during the evening after an active day.

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Benefits of Saunas on Men's Brain and Heart Health

Posted by Austin Bayley on May 15, 2018 1:56:46 PM

 

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Regular visits to the sauna can help lower the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as well as dying of heart ailments, a Finnish study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland found a link between sauna visits and memory diseases after following more than 2,300 middle-aged Finnish men for more than 20 years.

In the study, men who went to the sauna four to seven times a week were found 66 percent less likely to be diagnosed with dementia, and 65 percent less likely with Alzheimer’s disease, than those taking a sauna once a week.

“We have taken into account other lifestyle factors, like physical activity and socioeconomic factors ... There is an independent effect of sauna on these outcomes,” said Jari Laukkanen, senior researcher and a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Eastern Finland.

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He noted that the study only indicated an association between the sauna and memory diseases, and the findings would have to be fleshed out through further studies with different age groups, other nationalities and women.

The findings, published in the journal Age and Ageing in December, suggested however that the health benefits of sauna could extend from the heart to the brain.

Previous results of the follow-up study have shown that men who spent time in a sauna seven times a week were less likely to die of heart problems, compared to those who only partook once a week. “In the sauna, the heart rate increases and we start to sweat. This is a bit like physical exercise,” Laukkonen said.

“After sauna, you may have lower blood pressure, and blood pressure is an important risk factor in cardiovascular and memory diseases. This may be one possible explanation for our findings,” Laukkanen said.

Regular bathers at the Finnish Sauna Society, which has around 4,200 members in Helsinki, agree that good health many be linked to the relaxing effects of sauna visits.

Club members go to the sauna several times a week, and in winter cool off with a swim in the icy Baltic Sea.

“I feel relaxed after sauna, and it’s a place where I can have a nice conversation with my friends. The social aspect is the best thing about sauna, when you get older,” Hannu Pitkanen, a senior member of the sauna society, told Reuters.

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Everything You Should Expect From A Hot Tub Company

Posted by Austin Bayley & Jordan Harboldt on Apr 25, 2018 5:00:00 PM

 

Merely considering a hot tub or even ready to make a buying decision? This article is about the things you should expect to get from the point of consideration to years after acquisition. Purchasing a hot tub can be daunting due to the dizzying array of brands and features which make it hard to focus on what meets your needs. It’s a decision made infrequently due to the general longevity of the product. Simply put, this product will probably be with you longer than almost all the appliances you own, including those of you who hold onto your car until the wheels fall off! Thus, it should be treated with special attention and you always want to do business with a company that provides the BEST experience at every step.

 

Reaching Out To The Dealer

 

When figuring out who you should go to in your quest for a hot tub, you should search a dealer that specializes in them. Hot tubs and pools (which many dealers sell jointly) are very different, with much different requirements for installation, operation, and maintenance/service. Many dealers who sell both are primarily pool dealers, who took on hot tubs but have not made the complete investment in parts or service for these products. These dealers may not be able to troubleshoot over the phone or get a critical part in a pinch.

 

It’s important to have a timely and sincere response from the dealer. Whether it is day or night, a quick response offering the information you desire is important because the “right time” is whenever you’re ready to start shopping. The information you’re provided with should be accurate and backed up fully by the company. Whether it’s a question of energy consumption or serviceability after the sale, there should be documentation laying out clear info.

 

The company you’re considering should also have multiple options available. The days of “one size fits all” are obsolete, especially in the Hot Tub industry. With the advancement of hydrotherapy, models exist for every size and need with special consideration given to features wanted.

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Once you have decided to pay the company a visit, they should be accommodating to your scheduling needs. Not everyone can shop at 1:00pm on a Saturday, so there should be availability to set up a custom appointment if needed. Should you decide to make this a phone presentation, there should be comparable thought and compassion in finding your “Perfect Fit”.

 

The dealer you choose will determine your overall ownership experience. Choosing a dealer that carries every leisure product available will limit their ability to attain perfection in any one of their offerings. A large part of the relationship will be based on how they view you. If you're viewed as simply a “dollar sign” or a “commission payment”, they are less likely to exert the compassion needed to find you the “best fit”, instead of the priciest model you can afford. The best advice you will receive will be by a non-commissioned representative who acts more as a consultant to your wants and needs.

 

A dealer should offer “test drives” on all their models. Whether they have the exact model you want filled or not, they should be receptive to make a custom appointment around your schedule for the soaking test. A dealer who is well informed and up-to-date on the latest technology will be important as well since advancements like “Saltwater Systems” have taken off and will greatly benefit those sensitive to chlorine products.

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Once a model is chosen, there should be multiple means of payment available to fit every need. Whether you’re planning to take advantage of a financing promotion, choose a Cash & Carry option or put a model on layaway…. all should be on the table. A full-service dealer will also be able to make recommendations or offer coordination for specific contracting services you may need like site work or electrical. A dealer with a strong service/delivery department will also be able to accomplish the “tricky” jobs requiring a crane or barge service off the mainland.

 

Pre-Delivery & Delivery

 

You will know you have an experienced dealer when they offer a complimentary site inspection to be sure everything is set for the big day. It is important to have delivery performed smoothly and without the need for you to be there yourself. The days of “driveway delivery” are past us with most models weighing over 500lbs. The coordination between the scheduling staff and the actual delivery team should be seamless to make that exciting day go without a hiccup.

 

Once the unit is on site, every detail should be planned out to maximize your experience. Things like "easy access” of placement and “views from the vessel” should be top priority, considering it will add to the experience greatly. A quality dealer will take pride in offering the best possible suggestions to maximize your soak time!

 

It will be important that your dealer have skilled technicians on site to teach you the different maintenance regiments required for your new unit. Remember, you purchased this to help relieve stress, not to create more with complicated and poorly explained instructions! Your quality dealer should also be prepared to stay and help start up the new unit once it is full of water. The initial start-up chemicals and procedures will be gone over so the first soak is an enjoyable one! All accessories will be mounted, and functions explained including pairing the sound system with your devices.

 

After The Delivery

 

A quality dealership will continue the care past the delivery experience as well. They should have a “white glove service” or some sort of complimentary visit within the first few months. This will ensure your operating and caring for the unit properly and address any questions that may have arisen. The dealer should have a maintenance program in place for those who want professional continuing care for the unit whether it’s a main residence or a second home. This service should be professional and offer multiple service levels based on the frequency and intensity of use patterns.

 

And the most important thing of all when considering your new hot tub company is their service AFTER the sale. Any company can sell a tub and take your money, but the true test is the entire experience they offer during the lifetime of the sale. Quality companies will have a strong customer following and this will show in their satisfactory reviews. Dealers who sell solely (or primarily) hot tubs will be able to provide the best service as their technicians will be trained solely in the spa/hot tub field vs pool technicians attempting more technical repairs. Another true sign of a quality dealership will be the length of time and loyalty they have to their brand. A company that carries the same brand for many, many years will likely have developed a relationship with the distributor vs. a company that changes brands year after year.

 

There it is, you are now knowledgeable on the things you should come to expect from a hot tub company.

Go forth and shop wisely!

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