All this talk about going green, saving energy and saving the planet. As it relates to Hot Tub Covers, the most important thing we can do is to not create more waste that will just end up clogging our land fills. Consider this for a minute… There are 10 million spa owners in the USA, and each one of them uses a typical rigid foam spa cover on their hot tub. For the sake of this demonstration each foam cover is only two inches thick and every spa is eight feet by eight feet. That would mean each spa cover contained about 10.666 cubic feet of foam per spa cover. For the rest of this example we will use 10.5 cubic feet per cover.
If each cover on every spa becomes saturated within two years and needs to be replaced that would mean that we would be adding 52.5 million cubic feet of waste to our landfills in just hot tub covers every year.
If it takes two and a half covers worth of foam to make up one cubic yard that translates to 4 million cubic yards of waste added to our land fills every two years just in spa covers.
There are 11 million Cubic yards of stone in the Great Pyramid at Giza, we are adding enough foam to build a duplicate in our landfills just from used hot tub covers every six years conservatively. There are four and a half million cubic yards of concrete in Hoover Dam. So we could clog a river with our discarded foam filled spa covers every two years. Or we could build a two lane highway of discarded foam filled spa covers from Seattle Washington to Miami Florida every two years.
Remember, for this example we were using a two inch thick foam spa cover. Most foam filled spa covers are not two inches thick anymore. If all those old foam covers were four inches thick all these calculations would be double. If they were tapered spa covers, say from six inches down to two, it still doubles the amount, so the highway or dam could be built every year instead of every two years.
But we are just being conservative so we want to stick with two inches thick. If we ripped the covers in half and laid those pieces end to end we could circle the earth at the equator on used spa covers every two years.
Heck with parking lots, in a few years we could pave the entire planet with foam just from saturated foam spa covers from the USA alone.
So what is the solution? Well, how about a better spa cover?. What if there were a spa cover that did a better job insulating, did not get saturated, heavy, break or blow away in the wind? Good news, you do not have to quit using your spa to save the earth. You just need to get a SpaCap Hot Tub Cover that does not use foam to insulate. There would be two major advantages to doing so. First the spa cover that did not use rigid foam to insulate would last longer. Since what always fails in the typical spa cover is the foam, either breaking or getting so saturated that you cannot lift it, a spa cover that did not use foam would tend to last longer.
Second, if the new type of spa cover does not use rigid foam it will also be a lot more friendly to the environment when it does come time to discard it. Less trash, less waste, less land fill, not that is what going green is all about.
SpaCap uses a patented design to solve all of the following:
How dangerous is an overweight foam hot tub cover? Recently a man was checking the chemicals in his spa. Rather than attempting removing the entire hot tub cover, he decided to just lift one side enough to get at the water long enough to get a sample. He bent over and supporting the heavy cover with his left arm while attempting to fill a sampling bottle with water from the spa to check the chemical content, and total alkalinity.
As he leaned over further, the weight of the water logged spa cover dislocated his left shoulder and allowed the cover to hit him on the back knocking him into the spa. He was now face down in the spa with his legs pinned to spa by the weight of the hot tub cover. His shoulder was dislocated and unlike the Mel Gibson character in Lethal Weapon, he was in agony because of a the pain. He tried to move but could not budge the weight of the waterlogged cover.
He began to choke as he swallowed spa water and tried to rise up but could barely get his head out of the water. With what could have been his last breath, he screamed for help. Fortunately he had left the door from the house to the deck open. His daughter and her boy friend heard the commotion and looked out to see his legs sticking out of the spa cover.
His daughter and her boy friend were able to lift the hot tub cover off of his legs. His daughters boy friend jumped into the hot tub and pulled him up from the water. They took him to the emergency room where they put his shoulder back in place and treated him for shock.
Women who have experienced both child birth and a dislocated shoulder report dislocating a shoulder as more intense than childbirth. But either way we can agree the pain must be excruciating.
This man had owned a hot tub for 12 years and had replaced 3 conventional rigid foam core spa covers. While the life on the foam covers had averaged from 2 to 4 years, regardless of manufactures claims, all of these traditional foam filled covers became waterlogged. He has since bought a Spa Cover that uses air chambers to insulate rather than rigid foam. He is certain that the air filled spa cover will not try to kill him as the other foam cover did.
Another lady reported that while she and her husband were in the hot tub with their rigid foam spa lid propped up against the wall. A gust of wind hit the spa cover and it suddenly fell hitting her husband on the head. The blow was hard enough to push them both under the water. Fortunately they were not trapped and they both recovered quickly, or so they thought.
A couple of days later the left side of her husbands face suddenly went DEAD. He had no feeling, sensation or movement. Naturally they both were quite frightened and thought he had suffered a stroke. They did exactly what any of us would do and rushed immediately to the hospital. The doctor diagnosed him with Bells Palsy which can be caused by stress and or trauma like a heavy spa cover hitting him on the head. He later made a full recovery. He was extremely lucky.
Here is something you will never hear from a foam spa cover dealer. Every year people are injured by foam hot tub covers. Most of the injuries have come from a gust of wind blowing the heavy foam cover onto people as they use their spa. Sometimes people attempting to carefully maneuver a saturated foam cover off their spa, have lost their grip and had the hard foam cover slam down breaking the arch of their foot.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission people have even been drowned when they have become trapped under heavy foam covers. Maybe now is a good time to search for a better spa cover. With the World Wide Web, you can literally have the world to shop from. Do you really want to risk injury or death trying to use your spa?
Although the video above may look humorous it is not funny when it happens. In thirty years of building air filled hot tub covers, no one has ever been injured by a SpaCap hot tub cover.
Your hot tub cover will protect your water from debris, animals, and some airborne bacteria, while also trapping the heat inside and saving you money. Naturally you want to get the most cover for your money. You want a cover that will do the job and last a long time. The following are a few tips for picking out your hot tub cover.
Make sure it fits. Your hot tub cover should fit snugly over all sides of the hot tub, and should rest very close to or on the surface of the water. If the sides are loose, then animals could crawl in to get to the warmth or the hot water will evaporate and escape.
If it is too high off the surface of the water, hot water will evaporate, cling to the underside of the cover, then cool and drop back down into the water, lowering its overall temperature. Not to mention that the evaporation and condensation cycle would tend to release or use up the spa chemicals.
Ideally, the bottom of the cover would be on the water surface since that is what we want to keep warm.
Because we have been in this hot tub cover business a while, we have seen every manner of ill fitting, broken, taped, tarp covered, and otherwise “beyond it’s normal life span” attempt to put off getting a replacement cover.
This not only looks terrible but it costs you money because all of these efforts don’t really help. If you’re going to drain your spa and get rid of it, fine. But if you intend to keep using it, investing in the right cover is going to help.
Make sure it traps heat efficiently. As we stated before, a hot tub cover that sits up on the edge of the spa, several inches off the water surface, will trap evaporating water and cause it to condense and cool, then fall back into the spa lowering the temperature of the water.
What also occurs is the foam inside a traditional cover absorbs steam because it is a small molecule than water, then the water vapor condenses and becomes trapped in the foam material over time. Once the spaces in the foam have been filled with moisture whatever insulation value it did have is gone. A water logged cover has the same insulation value as a sheet of plywood.
The moisture also causes the cover to slowly become heavy until it either can’t be lifted or breaks under its own weight.
It gets worse. One of the other adverse effects of the saturated cover sitting way off the water surface, the cover will freeze when the outdoor temperature is below freezing. Because the outside of the cover is actually in contact with the freezing temperature outside and not in contact with the spa water it becomes a solid block of ice.
From the outside it may appear to be doing a great job insulating because snow will pile up on top of the cover. That’s because snow doesn’t mind sitting on ice. Unfortunately, your spa is working harder than ever trying to keep the spa water heated underneath that frozen cover.
To avoid the spa cover from becoming a solid block of ice over your hot tub in winter, you need to get one that does not sit up on the top of the edge of the spa, several inches off the water surface. You need a cover that won’t soak up moisture and freeze. A cover that will insulate the water at the water surface, like the SpaCap.
Make sure it’s weather proof. If your hot tub is stored outside and not under shelter, then the cover must be durable enough to withstand rain, wind, snow, and potentially hail or winter precipitation. The cover must also prevent rainwater and wind from getting into the hot tub and cooling down the water.
So you need to have a cover that can keep the rain and debris running off, with a taper or better yet a dome shape
The tapered cover, is usually sold with the idea that it will keep the rain running off and because of that it won’t get heavy. If that were true, no tapered foam filled hot tub cover would ever get heavy. But it isn’t true because the do get heavy.
Every tapered, foam filled cover ever sold will get heavy because the moisture doesn’t come from outside the hot tub. In fact the only way to insure that a foam filled hot tub cover won’t get heavy is to never use it. If you never put it over hot water where steam can infiltrate into the foam it will never get heavy.
So if no foam filled hot tub cover ever made can keep from soaking up moisture once it’s in place over warm water, the solution is NOT to buy another foam filled spa cover, but to get one that does not use foam panels. The SpaCap are the only hot tub covers that won’t saturate.
Let’s talk for a minute about spa cover lifters because a lot of hot tub owners have fallen for the idea that a lifter will be the solution to a heavy cover. But it is not, because every lifter ever made is designed to work with a light weight cover.
Think about it. You still have to flop half the cover over the bar before the lifter is used. In most cases, that first lift is the one that is beyond hot tub owners. But if you did manage to open it halfway and then push the lifter hard enough to move a heavy cover, something has to give.
Either the spa cover will rip itself apart because it can’t hold it’s own weight or the lifter will rip itself off the hot tub cabinet. So a “lifter” is NOT the answer to a cover you can’t lift.
The only hot tub cover that won’t become saturated is the one with no foam. You need a spa cover that uses air chambers to do the insulating instead. The SpaCap.
If your spa cover is trying to make a bridge over the spa, then a heavy wet snow load will crush it. If the bottom of your spa cover rests on the water, it can transfer the weight of the snow and handle almost any snow load. In thirty years of building the SpaCap hot tub covers, and selling them in mountain retreats all over the world, not one has ever been crushed by snow.
If your spa cover has a rigid surface, the wind can eventually lift it off the spa and take it to parts unknown.
The physics of this are fairly simple, wind hits the side of the spa and then goes up and over. As the wind sweeps over the top of the spa it creates a vacuum above the rigid foam cover until it lifts it off the hot tub. Once it does the following wind pushes into the space below the cover and the water surface. As the air rushes in it compresses in the space until it pops the rigid cover up. At that point, lift off has occurred and the hot tub cover has become a wing.
Depending on the strength of the wind the cover can fly for miles.
The reason is that the rigid cover presents a surface that the wind can lift making it a wing.
This is where the natural dome shape of the SpaCap makes all the difference. There is no rigid surface for the wind to create lift. The natural dome shape just redirects the winds harmlessly away. Even Hurricane force winds won’t budge it.
In the past thirty years, hundreds of SpaCap hot tub covers have been sold in Tornado Alley and in areas that get hurricanes. Not ONE SpaCap has EVER flown away. They are the only truly Wind Proof Hot Tub Covers.
Make sure it’s animal proof. Pets and wild animals are sometimes drawn to hot tubs by their heat, and some very small animals will even try to make their homes inside of a thick hot tub cover. Other animals crawl underneath the cover seeking warmth and end up falling in the water and drowning. Make sure the cover doesn’t allow any space for animals to go underneath it, and make sure it is made of material that animals can’t chew through to make their home.
Let’s face it, no cover is perfectly animal proof. But the SpaCap can handle more animal problems than any foam cover ever could. We used to say that no animal has ever damaged one. But in the last thirty years there have been some persistent creatures. There was a bear in Whistler BC that decided he wanted to take a dip in the spa. There was a raccoon in Bellevue WA that tore one up so he could wash his food. In both cases no traditional foam filled cover would have been able to do better.
All total, far more animals have damaged foam filled spa covers than the SpaCap.
More information about hot tub covers is available at SpaCap.
During the holiday season, many delicious but calorie-heavy foods appear on tables, in buffets, and at parties. As a result, we become more anxious to lose or maintain a healthy weight, yet we often avoid going to the gym or dieting because “weight loss” gets associated with deprivation and exhaustion.
If this describes you, don’t despair. The hot tub, one of the most relaxing locations available, can also contribute to weight loss. Let the staff at SpaCap teach you how.
Maybe we should start by saying that the hot tub isn’t just for relaxing anymore. It’s no secret that physical activity burns calories so the trick is to be active even in the spa.
Stretching and rotating your arms and legs is easier to do in the hot tub because the water helps support you and warms your muscles while you work them. Start slowly with some stretches and arm motions with your arms and shoulders under the water to get limbered up. Then sit up straight and do some twists (gently) turning the your shoulders to the left and right while keeping your knees and hips stationary.
When performed safely, yoga is one of the easiest workouts for those who love hot tubs. With guidance from a yoga teacher or spotter, try poses such as the “wall dog”, “up dog,” or “lunge twist.” These poses stretch several muscle groups at once, including the arms, legs, torso, and back.
The breathing that hot tub yoga requires also helps the body relax and aids digestion. If you engage in hot tub yoga after eating, the deep breaths will help move the food through the digestive system more efficiently than it would if you were simply sitting on the couch. Deep breathing also increases metabolism so it not only burns calories it also helps your body recover more quickly from sickness and or injury.
With that in mind, as you practice your hot tub yoga, try to be conscious of deep controlled breathing. Get that oxygen into your blood and moving through your body.
As I said above, hot tubs are not just for relaxing. They’re also fun places to play active games with your family and friends. Try Hot Tub Hockey, in which teams earn points by moving an object like a rubber duck or Ping-Pong ball to each other’s sides of the tub without using their hands. You can also try Pass the Bottle, requiring everyone to pass a tightly capped bottle of water around the hot tub using every body part except their hands. Players may not use the same body parts twice in a row (i.e., passing from knee to knee or shoulder to shoulder). If the bottle drops, the dropper must perform a penalty task and the game begins again.
Use Hot Tubs as a Way to Eat and Sleep Well
Eating right and getting adequate sleep tends to go out the window during the holidays. Do not let this happen to you.
Before you dig into everything that the holidays have to offer, take a moment to look over what’s in front of you and make choices that you won’t have to “pay for” later. Pastries and chips taste great but they don’t make a meal. Drinking a meal supplement before eating will help you not over eat. Like the old saying, “don’t go shopping when you’re hungry,” the same is true when eating during the holidays.
Eat the meats, leafy green salads and veggies without the breads and you’ll be well fed and happier later on. Try to avoid the fat fried foods. Our family switched to an air fryer from Philips. The food tastes great without all the added fat you would normally get from frying in oil.
If you’re having a hot tub party, supply healthy snacks that can be eaten in the tub, such as veggie trays with low-calorie dip or appetizers made with shrimp or lean meats. If you struggle with insomnia, try slipping out to the hot tub for a set period just before going to bed. The warm water will help your muscles relax and send melatonin to your brain.
Okay, as you would expect, we have to mention that if you intend to get the healthy benefits from using your hot tub, you have to be able to use it easily everyday. That requires that it be easy, or we will start to find reasons not to. After being in the Spa Cover business for thirty plus years, we have learned a few things about human nature when it comes to using a hot tub.
When we first get our spas, we are excited and it is easy to find the time to use it everyday. Like a kid with a new toy. But eventually, that “newness” wears off. Then you have to decide that the benefits you get from using the hot tub are worth the time it takes out of your schedule.
You have to pick a time of day that it works for you and make it part of your routine. Personally, I like to make it at the end of the day just before bed. It helps me sleep better and wake up refreshed. But that’s me. Some people love to start their day with a dip in the spa before the day gets hectic. They find it helps them keep a positive outlook throughout the day.
It doesn’t matter when you decide it works for you, you just make it part of your routine and go from there.
But that’s not the problem. The thing that causes most hot tub owners to eventually stop using their spa is the cover. The standard foam filled spa cover available at every spa dealer across the country. The lid that gets thrown in as an after thought when you buy the spa. Crazy right?
Here’s how it happens. The foam starts to saturate with moisture from the steam rising off the spa water. It doesn’t happen fast, in fact it happens slowly over time so that you don’t even notice it. After a few months, the spa cover is heavier but because you have been using the spa everyday you didn’t notice the gradual change.
Before you know it, getting the cover off and on takes a lot more effort. You might not even consciously notice it but one day you think about getting into the tub and you decide to skip it. You’re just not up to it tonight.
Why would you “skip” the thing that makes you sleep better and live healthier? Because it requires too much effort. That simple foam filled cover becomes a barrier between you and the hot tub you spent all that money on. The same hot tub you couldn’t wait to get into, is just too much work now because of a heavy spa cover.
Eventually, you can’t remember the last time you used it.
You then have to make a choice. Do you get a new cover and get back to using it or do you (and this is the one that just makes no sense to me) get rid of it and reclaim that part of your back yard.
I hope you decide to get a new cover. That hot tub is like a daily vacation that your body and mind need to “re-boot” and stay healthy. But before going out and buying another cover just like the one you’re replacing, consider something better.
At SpaCap.com, we have been building Spa Covers, that are light weight, easy to use and built to stay that way. There are no rigid foam panels in the SpaCap so there’s nothing to soak up that steam and get heavy.
I’m not going to go over all the details here but you should check them out for yourself on the website. Then do yourself a huge favor and order one for your spa.
The majority of people don’t think of a spa as something you should decorate. After all, people come to a hot tub to relax rather than admire décor and designs, and many also have their eyes closed during their time soaking. However, creating an aesthetically pleasing spa area can actually help you and your visitors relax and enjoy yourselves more. Today, we’ll talk about some easy do-it-yourself spa décor tips.
Hot tubs are often used in the summer but may lose their appeal; on a warm day, the last thing anyone wants is to soak in a tub of hot water. Installing an inexpensive cloth canopy will keep your guests shaded and encourage them to stay in the spa for longer periods of time. If you want to use the hot tub during fall and winter, you can also rig it so it can be pulled back or easily taken down and stored. Canopy colors and designs add to the fun atmosphere; try blue, white, or aqua for an extra-relaxing ocean theme. Along the same lines there are some great Patio Umbrellas that are supported by a pedestal that is off to the side so that the umbrella can easily reach over the spa when desired or collapsed and moved off to the side when not in use. Some of these even come with lights that can add to the enjoyment.
Floating Food and Drink Containers
Mom may have told you not to eat and swim, but eating and drinking in the hot tub is a real treat. You can make it more so with your own floating food and drink container. Cut a pool noodle to fit around a small- to medium-size Rubbermaid or other plastic bin. Fill the bin with ice and your favorite drinks or snacks. Fruit slices are a great idea in the summer; in fall or winter, try frozen hot chocolate.
Candles on the Water
Of course, you should never place anything electric in or around your hot tub. However, flameless candles can be a great way to brighten the atmosphere while encouraging tension release. Set a few in your favorite scents around the hot tub area. Some candle brands also offer varieties that emit a slight crackling sound when activated. Use these to replicate the soothing sound of the fireplace.
Another way to accent your spa area is to get a cover that compliments the décor. At SpaCap.com, we custom build Spa Covers using Sunbrella outdoor fabric so you can really let your inner designer go. We can mix and match colors to bring out the colors of your home or patio furniture, or you can go nuts and show your team colors. Why not order yours today.
Spas and Hot tubs are a great way for families and individuals to relax and have a good time. Unfortunately, like all water recreation devices, maintenance is a constant job. For spas, problems can range from a broken heater or filter to a leak in the tub. Luckily, there are some ways to prevent the likelihood of major spa water problems.
Common Problems to Look Out For
The very noticeable problems with spas and hot tubs include water not properly heating or jets not working. A heating problem may be an easy fix by replacing the heating element or it may require a professional to test the mechanisms within the pump. Jets not working are commonly due to user error. Many jets are flexible, and rotating the jet to allow water flow may fix the problem quickly. If there is air in the jet causing a lock, loosening the pump fitting may help expel the air.
Keeping the chemicals in your spa water balanced is fairly simple with the kits available today, but occasionally the chemicals in your tub may become imbalanced. Following the instructions on your chemical kit and keeping a calendar reminder to add more chemicals in a timely manner will prevent imbalance. It is always better to check your chemicals and pH and adjust as needed than just dumping chemical shock into the spa.
Skin products and cosmetics may cause soap scum build up on your tub or an oil film. To correct this, use sanitizing solutions and cleaning supplies to dissipate the buildup. Sun damage can cause fading and cracking of the typical hot tub cover. Protecting your spa with a SpaCap Custom Spa Cover that uses Sunbrella marine grade fabric will last longer than any foam spa cover ever could. Using protectant and polishes can greatly increase the overall lifespan of your hot tub.
No hot tub is maintenance free. Fortunately, regularly checking your spa for little problems before they turn into big ones will keep it safe, durable, and more energy efficient.
A Spa is great for relaxation, stress relief, and loosening tight muscles. Spas featuring jets can be used to massage sore parts of the body, and the hot water and steam can put the mind and body in a restful state. To get more relaxation out of your hot tub, consider these 5 strategies:
Aromatherapy. Scented products designed specifically for spa use can take relaxing in a hot tub to the next level. Aromatherapy products mask the scent of chlorine or other chemicals in favor of soothing lavender or invigorating rosemary mint.
Escape. Bringing a book to the spa or watching a movie is a great way to get the steaming hot benefits and de-stress by taking your mind away from the present location and worries of the day.
Start the day. Spas aren’t just for relaxing after a long day’s work. Getting in a hot tub in the morning is a great way to ease the tension that comes with thinking about to-do lists, and it provides a meditative atmosphere to mentally prepare yourself for your day.
Exercise. Exercise has long been touted as the greatest medicine for anxiety and stress, and exercise in a hot tub is even more beneficial. Being in warm water will keep muscles loose and flexible. Strength training and flexibility are great exercise options. Cardiovascular training is probably not; it could heat the body beyond a safe level.
Romance. Combining the stress relieving properties of warm water and jets firing on tense muscles with the feel-good hormones that are released in the presence of a romantic partner, and you’ve found a winning combination for stress relief.
Next time you find yourself in your hot tub, try one of these relaxing ways to ease tension and enjoy the peace of the moment.
Getting the most enjoyment out of your spa is going to require a spa cover that is not too heavy to lift. All to often people get excited about using their spa everyday but then as their cover gets heavier they just slowly start using it less. And the spa cover is the reason. That’s why the SpaCap was designed.
You’ve heard the old saying that “Necessity is the mother of invention”, in this case it was absolutely true. The inventor, a single mother, needed to get into her spa for therapy due to a back injury. A saturated foam cover that was too heavy for her to lift caused her to work on designing a cover she could lift herself, and that wouldn’t get saturated.
Visit SpaCap.com today and get the solution for your own spa!
Many homeowners decide to turn their outdoor hot tub off for the winter, either draining and cleaning them or taking steps to prevent the water from freezing. Others prefer to use the hot tub during cold weather and will leave it filled and on during the winter.
Seasonal Hot Tubbing Costs
Cost is a factor that many spa owners take into account when determining how long to keep a hot tub running. To keep the water consistently hot costs more than occasionally heating it, and without excellent insulation in the tub and its cover, residual heat is lost in less than a day.
The costs of operating a hot tub continuously can be $30–50 a month. To occasionally heat a spa, the cost per use runs between $5 and $8. If cost is a large factor for those who are thinking of leaving a hot tub on throughout the winter, investing in a quality cover can lower costs.
That’s why a custom hot tub cover from SpaCap.com is such a great idea. At Spacap we build custom hot tub covers not only to fit your spa but also to your needs. If you live in an area that gets brutally cold, we can add extra layers on insulation and a radiant barrier that bounces heat back into your hot tub.
Additional Elements to Consider
Other factors to remember during winter include the outside air temperature. In colder weather, a hot tub will take longer to heat up and expend more energy to keep the water temperature constant. To mitigate the effects of the cold on an energy bill, a quality hot tub cover is necessary.
Choosing to drain and clean a hot tub for winter is an investment in time. Certain steps must be followed to ensure the tub is properly winterized and that no water is left in the tub that may freeze and damage the lining. Many newer, portable hot tub models have built-in controls that prevent freezing damage from occurring, making shutting down a hot tub for winter an excellent way to save money.
Draining the hot tub does not remove the need for a quality cover. For more information on covering your hot tub when it is off and drained, contact SpaCap.com.
Whatever you choose to do with your hot tub, read any information provided by your hot tub provider to ensure your winter maintenance is on par with the company’s recommendations.
Hot tubs offer relaxation most of the year, but spa owners faced with large energy or repair bills are less likely to find the experience enjoyable. To prevent an increase in energy consumption and maximize use of your spa, put these four tips into practice.
Use Hot Tub Covers
When a hot tub’s water is exposed to open air, heat is lost at a consistent rate. As a result, more energy is consumed in an effort to keep water temperatures steady and comfortable for spa guests. To prevent ongoing heat loss, hot tubs should be kept covered when not in use. Adding a custom made spa cover from SpaCap.com will prevent a significant rise in energy costs, particularly during the winter months.
Establish Wind Blockers
Combined with hot tub covers, wind blockers effectively reduce exposure to flowing air which might otherwise decrease a spa’s temperature. Depending on your spa’s placement, the following wind reducing options are available:
Landscaping. Planting bushes, flowers, and trees near a hot tub adds intrigue to the area while effectively reducing wind exposure. Remember to leave enough room to easily walk around your hot tub.
Fencing. The addition of fencing protects hot tubs from moving air while restricting access to a spa, which is ideal for owners with children or pets. Again, don’t put these so close to the spa that you cannot easily walk around it on all sides. If not, eventually removing and replacing hot tub covers will become too much a hassle and you’ll quit using your spa. Then one day while looking at your electric bill, it will dawn on you that you’re paying to heat spa water that you can’t remember the last time you were in. Eventually, you will decide to reclaim that part of the yard. You’ll give it away to someone willing to haul it off. As it leaves the yard you’ll say, “It works great, it only needs a new cover.”
Privacy panels. A less permanent alternative to fencing is the addition of privacy panels. Conveniently moved or rearranged, privacy panels offer wind protection comparable to fencing.
Insulate Insulate Insulate
Thermal blankets are beneficial for humans in the winter months, as they help keep heat in its place. In the same manner, thermal blankets may be used under a spa’s cover to keep the heat in. To be effective, the thermal blanket must float and be energy efficient. Most hot tubs come with great insulation inside the cabinet, but it never hurts to check. If the insulation is damaged or missing replace it.
Check Spa Settings & Pumping Cycles
An easy way to reduce energy consumption and save money is to adjust spa settings according to use. Unless your hot tub has a continuous circulation pump, check the owner’s manual to determine if pumping cycles or default settings can be adjusted. During winter months or while on vacation, adjusting the temperature, pumping cycles, or programming can reduce the amount of energy consumed.
Do you have questions about saving money on hot tub maintenance? Contact SpaCap.com today.
When you’re ready to replace your old saturated spa cover with something that will last longer, stay light weight, handle any snow load, never blow away even in a tornado and insulate better get one of the Custom Made Hot Tub Covers from SpaCap.com.
When choosing a hot tub, there are many options to consider. One important factor to determine is how big of a hot tub you need. The size of your hot tub depends on several aspects, a few of which are examined below.
How often will you use it? If you expect to use your hot tub every day, you want to select a size that will provide enough space for comfortable relaxation, but will also be easy to keep hot. Keeping a hot tub warm can be difficult and expensive, and the larger the hot tub, the more energy required to warm it to the desired temperature. By buying a smaller hot tub, you will be able to use it on a regular basis without worrying about your electricity bill going too high.
How many people will use it? If you are buying a hot tub for you and your loved one to enjoy on romantic evenings, it can be relatively small. A hot tub you plan to use for entertaining guests needs to be larger. Consider how often you will have groups of people enjoying it as well; buying a hot tub to accommodate a group of people once a year, for example, may not be the best decision.
How much space do you have? Where are you planning to put your hot tub? Popular places include the backyard, the porch or patio, and occasionally on a balcony. Measure your designated hot tub space before going shopping, and keep in mind what you’d have to move to place the hot tub where you want it. Remember, you need to have easy access around the spa to take the cover off and replace it. Don’t put plantings or privacy screens too close. The easier access you have, the more years you will be able to enjoy your purchase.
How big can you afford? Larger hot tubs are more expensive to buy and heat. Keep in mind how often you will use it and how many people will be using it, and weigh the price of heating a large vs. small hot tub on a regular basis. Also think about alternative ways to keep your hot tub warm, including solar energy and insulated spa covers.
To learn more about hot tub covers and where you can buy the best spa covers, contact SpaCap.com today. We build Custom Hot Tub Covers to fit just about every spa. Plus since we use Sunbrella outdoor fabric, your hot tub cover can compliment your decor.