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Hot Tub Water Temperature – SpaCap

If you own a hot tub you already know how great it is, all the health benefits and reasons to use it. However, you want your spa to be comfortable and safe for your family and guests. Today we hope to cover the most optimal temperature for your spa water.

 

Most hot tubs at hotels and other places open to the public are set at a standard of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Residential hot tubs typically come set between 100 to 102 degrees.

 

Naturally, it is largely a matter of personal preference and there will always be others who want their water hotter or colder.

 

People interested in saving money on their power bill during the winter months, may want to set their hot tub to a lower setting since the weather outside will typically be colder and make the water feel plenty warm.

Those that use the hot tub for therapy may require a higher setting. In those instances you can raise it to 104 degrees which is the highest setting for any new spa commercially available. This is in accordance with the National Spa and Pool Institute’s finding that 104 has been determined as the highest safe water temperature for healthy adults.

 

Most hot tubs intended for home use allow for a water temperature setting between 80 and 102 degrees. But what feels comfortable to one person may seem unbearably hot to another. Although you may feel that the temperature setting on your hot tub is a matter of personal preference, there are some physical signs that our bodies send us to be aware of. Below are a few of the ways our body lets us know that we may be getting too hot along with the problem if you don’t pay attention.

 

  • Lower heart rate. Like many things this is one that sneaks up on us because relaxation itself will cause your heart rate to slow down. The problem is that for some people, the heart rate slowing down too much can be deadly. The warm water of the hot tub will slow your heart rate as you relax and your blood vessels dilate. If for any reason you start to feel light headed or you notice someone else showing signs of it, it’s time to get out of the spa and cool down.

 

  • Vasodilation. As I mentioned above the hot water will cause blood vessels to open up, especially those close to your skin. Although great for increasing blood flow to extremities and for decreasing blood pressure, it too can be a problem. People suffering from heart problems or chronic low blood pressure should be careful to limit the time they spend in the hot tub. If it’s your hot tub and you want to be able to spend a longer time soaking, this would be one of those times setting the water temperature lower would be a good idea.

 

  • Dehydration. Actually this one is way more common than you might think. Especially among those of us that think the hot tub is a perfect place to enjoy an adult beverage. While you’re enjoying the soothing sensations of the hot spa water you’re sweating. We just don’t realize it because we’re sitting in the warm water. Plus, and this one is even harder to wrap your head around, our skin is drying out. You’re becoming dehydrated while you’re sitting in hot water. Crazy right? But it’s not a joke. If you don’t keep hydrated (and no alcoholic beverages don’t count, in fact they make it worse) you could end up with a headache or some other more serious effect of dehydration. So for the safety and well being of yourself and your guests keep drinking plenty of water, before and during your time in the hot tub. Save the adult beverages for after your spa time.

 

It would be irresponsible of us not to mention that if you are concerned about heart complications or any other health risks, it would always be better to consult your physician. Maybe the doctor can suggest a safe hot tub temperature for you.

 

We want everyone using a hot tub to be safe which is one of the reasons behind the design of our lightweight hot tub covers.

 

Years ago when we would travel to home shows all over the country, in our display we would have a video set up showing an actor being injured by a heavy foam cover slamming down on them. It would run continuously during the home show. Eventually, invariably a visitor to our booth would tell us that it had happened to them.

 

Heavy hot tub covers can be a more than just annoying, they can be a serious hazard. That’s why the covers we build at SpaCap.com don’t use foam panels like the typical rigid hot tub covers. We use air chambers to do the insulating instead. Aside from being more efficient, the air chambers don’t suck up moisture like every foam-filled cover ever made.

 

Why not order a custom SpaCap spa cover for your hot tub today and save yourself the aggravation of wrestling a heavy cover.

How a Hot Tub Changes Your Life – Spacap

Hot tubs are really meant to relax. When you soak in the hot water you soothe away all of your everyday problems and concerns. While your body soaks, you feel it starts to revitalize. Besides the beneficial effect felt on the surface of your skin, a hot tub also has a positive impact on your muscles and joints. The continuous and periodical use of a hot tub can contribute to the improvement of many different health conditions. In the following lines we will present some of those:

 

  • Helps to combat sleep problems – people experience sleep problems because of many different reasons; some are due to our hectic schedules and everyday stress. An exhausting working day or life related problems can be overwhelming to us when we are trying to sleep. Sleepless nights can damage our everyday life; they lead to fatigue and daytime sleepiness which affect our ability to concentrate. The National Sleep Foundation recommends soaking in a hot tub for approximately 15-20 minutes but not right before going to sleep (it would be better 1-2 hours before in order to avoid overheating). It will ease your sleeping. Aromatherapy fragrances like Chamomile, Lavender and Jasmine can also increase the calming effects of the warm water. Try to drink a lot of water before, during and after using the hot tub, but avoid alcohol. The most optimal water temperature for healthy adults is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

  • Improves the circulation of the blood flow   – The blood flow is facilitated through 3 major means: the buoyancy, the hot water immersion and the hydrotherapy massage. While you are soaking, the buoyancy reduces the load on our joints and muscles, one of the most important being our feet and ankles which support our body weight all day long. If you spend long hours sitting at your job, the buoyancy will also benefit a circulation to your posterior.

 

  • Helps with arthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia– soaking in warm water stimulates the blood flow and relaxes the muscle, so it helps patients to relieve pain and stiffness. It can also be important to do stretching exercises in warm water, because it considerably reduces the pain and increases the psychical functions. For patients with this condition it is best to do so in warm water and not hot water. A moderate psychical activity is beneficial for the health and if you perform it in water your joints and muscles will not experience any excess pressure.

 

  • Hot tub can decrease the symptoms of flu, and even to shorten its duration. Warm water relieves aches in connection with flu by relaxing the muscles, helps you to unclog your stuffy nose and facilitates sleeping (which is indispensable when you fight flu or a cold). Besides these, soaking in warm water can imitate a low fever, which is the natural reaction of your body to combat viruses, because low fever triggers the immune system and helps to hold back the growth of the viruses.

 

Note: If you have a cardiovascular condition (including arrhythmia, tachycardia, high or low blood pressure) or diabetes, it is important to consult your doctor regarding the use of the hot tub, because it can be dangerous for you. It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor regarding the use of hot tub by children and pregnant women!

Okay, now that we have given you all the reasons you need to rush out and buy a hot tub, we have one more thing to help you get the most benefit from it. Imagine getting all relaxed in your hot tub and then straining yourself trying to get a heavy awkward cover back onto your spa. Kinda defeats the therapy.

Washing your cares away in the warm embrace of pulsating water jets followed up with getting your blood pressure up because you get angry while putting the heavy cover back on the hot tub. Pointless.

Here at SpaCap.com, we have just what you need to keep those good vibrations. We have been building Custom Hot Tub Covers for thirty years. Imagine a hot tub cover as easy to use as moving a fluffy comforter onto your bed. No exasperation required. Our hot tub covers use air to insulate rather than foam so there is nothing to soak up moisture which is what makes all other covers heavy.

Don’t let all the good your hot tub can do for you be wasted on a heavy, outdated, obsolete cover just because that’s all your local dealer has to offer. Order your own custom made SpaCap, and change your life for the better. Okay, maybe I over shot that a little, but it will at least make it easier.

Benefits of Hot Tubs for People with Disabilities

As our world becomes increasingly inclusive, people with disabilities get the chance to participate in activities their able-bodied counterparts have always enjoyed, but from which disabled persons have traditionally been excluded. As a result, people with disabilities are more active than ever. However, people with disabilities often have trouble being included at the hot tub or spa. Obstacles like slippery hot tubs and steeply raised massage tables often make people with disabilities think they should just skip those activities. Yet with the right modifications, the hot tub and spa can be fun places for all.

Accessibility is Key

To enjoy an activity, you must first be able to access it. If hot tub and spa guests have disabilities, plan accordingly. Outfit hot tubs and pools with railings and small steps so guests can get in and out independently. Make sure that the hot tub temperature is low enough to allow for your guests to linger longer without becoming over heated.

If this is going to be part of the regular use for your hot tub, consider lowering it or partially sinking it into the deck so that it presents a height of 18″ for easy access, with a bench around it so that users can sit and remove their shoes safely before entering. Also a bench around the outside will allow them to get out and sit comfortably if the temperature becomes too much.

Encourage guests to wear shoes until they enter the tub or pool to prevent slips and falls.

Offer several massage options, including those that can be done through clothing, so a person with a disability doesn’t have to worry about fastening and unfastening clothing before a massage. If the person would prefer a nude or partially nude massage but needs help with removing clothing, offer assistance from a trustworthy attendant of the same gender. Help guests on and off raised tables, or better yet offer massage options that can be done on bench high tables or the floor.

Exercise is Not a Chore

Many people with disabilities are told constantly to exercise, sometimes to the point that it feels like a punishment. Give these guests a break at your spa. Discuss the benefits of hydrotherapy, but make it clear the hot tub and pool are first and foremost for fun and relaxation. Offer easy exercises such as hot tub yoga, and emphasize that the person can modify the stretches however he or she wants. Encourage guests to play hot tub games like Hot Tub Hockey, Submarine, or Ping-Pong Panic.

Offer a Plethora of Pampering

People with disabilities, especially women, often struggle to feel beautiful. Help them out with facials and manicures. Some people with disabilities have skin conditions or are allergic to certain facial ingredients, so always ask before facials or body wraps begin. Some disabilities also involve sensory processing difficulties, so ask if your guest is particularly sensitive to any taste or smell. Offer several fragrance and lotion options, and be sensitive to guests who do not like being touched.

Accommodate don’t Dictate

Do not force participation in any activity. If your guest with a disability just showed up to spend three hours swimming, or to get one facial, respect their wishes.

It wouldn’t be a complete post on SpaCap.com if we didn’t at least mention our Custom Hot Tub Covers. Over the past thirty years we have sold quite a few to people who have limited mobility and need to get into their hot tub for therapy daily. We love to hear how great they find our hot tub cover. Sometimes because of specific needs, we have to allow for lifting or pulling the cover off and on by pulleys. However the light weight design of the SpaCap makes using their hot tub easy.

If you have a hot tub and want to make it easy for someone to use, we would love to talk with you about how to get that done. And Yes, we can even accommodate hand rails that extend down into the water.

 

Home-Based Luxury: Bringing the Spa Home – SpaCap

A trip to the spa reduces stress and increases endorphins, especially during the holiday season. However, not everyone can afford frequent trips to the spa. Although some people have spa elements such as hot tubs in their home, they often get stumped as to how they can replicate a professional spa experience without sacrificing too much time or money.

There are plenty of inexpensive and fun ways to have a luxurious spa experience at home. Today, SpaCap will explore some of the most common of these and give tips on how to make each experience your own.

Tub Yoga

Yoga is often used to help relax the body and center the mind and spirit. When combined with the hot tub, a safe and easy yoga routine becomes twice as beneficial. Several hot tub yoga DVDs and other guides are available to teach you some of the easiest and most effective yoga poses. These techniques can be done alone or with a partner. They include the boat pose, the warrior one pose, and more. Hot tub yoga also employs massage techniques. If you’re massaging solo, try an exfoliating massage with a gentle brush. With a partner, you can each massage pressure points in the other’s neck, shoulders, feet, and back.

Thai Massage

Thai massage is a more active form of traditional massage focused on stretching tense muscles and increasing pressure points’ endurance. Thai massage can use either elevated or flat surfaces, so you can do routines modified for water no matter the size and elevation of your tub. You may want to visit a Thai massage therapist first so he or she can teach you the basic stretches used. These are best done with a partner since stretching with someone and pushing against them increases resistance and endurance. For optimum results, you should use feet, elbows, and hands to stretch and relax pressure points.

Tub Facials

For a quick and inexpensive facial, skip the spa and go straight to your hot tub. Wash your face with cold water to remove any makeup, oils, or dirt. Then soak for several minutes so the heat and steam can open your pores. When your face feels relaxed, you can apply a homemade spa mask. Experts recommend papaya, green or chamomile tea, and lemon with Greek yogurt.

With all these great ideas to promote your relaxation its easy to forget some of the details that might take away from that ultimate goal. Like forgetting to bring out a towel for when you get out of the hot tub. Here at SpaCap our goal is to not let a heavy hot tub cover be one of those irritations. Because all traditional foam filled covers will eventually end up saturated and heavy we designed a totally different easy to use hot tub cover. Visit SpaCap.com and see why we think every spa owner needs one of our covers.

Beautify Your Spa – SpaCap

Everyone enjoys a spa, and part of the spa experience revolves around the aesthetics. If your hot tub is in a stark, boring, or dirty area, guests and family members won’t want to use it. You’ll end up with an unused luxury item and a pile of wasted money. Fortunately, plenty of ways exist to brighten up your patio space and entice guests to use the spa. We’ve detailed three of the top ways below.

Slatted Fencing

Fencing isn’t normally considered decorative, but it has big advantages over some other options you might consider. First and foremost, fencing provides privacy. Being able to duck behind a fence or securely close a gate offers spa users the feeling of retreating to their own private hideaway. Fencing can also block noise and insects, two of the biggest deterrents to relaxation while in the hot tub.

Finally, fencing is a big help for more modest guests or guests who have particular uses for the spa. Modest guests won’t have to worry about being walked in on. Lovers can enjoy each other’s company in peace, and exercisers can complete their routines without being ogled. (Caution: when exercising in the tub, always use a spotter).

Decorative Furniture

Patio furniture is always a big draw for guests, especially if your patio also comes with a spa. You can decorate your patio with any theme you like, including tiki, Mexican, or English garden. Hardware and specialty stores sell many varieties of lanterns, coffee tables, chairs, and more. Some homeowners also choose to use decorative flooring to draw people to the patio and spa. Stone is a popular choice, since it evokes associations with castles or ancient homes in Greece and Rome.

Lighting

You must always be careful when placing lighting around your hot tub. Consider tiki-style lighting, which is sold by many different hardware retailers. Chinese or Japanese garden lanterns are also a popular choice. For fall and winter, consider Christmas lights to create a cheerful and relaxing atmosphere.

Cover

Why do everything you can to make your spa area awesome and settle for a boring hot tub cover? At SpaCap.com, we build designer Hot Tub Covers with Sunbrella outdoor fabric. Sunbrella is not only long lasting and color fast but available in a wide range of colors that can really set off your spa.

Winter Hot Tub Fun – SpaCap

Hot tubs are traditionally associated with summer, but the fun doesn’t have to end once winter arrives. In fact, winter can be a great time to uncover the hot tub again – especially because hot water is an irresistible temptation once the temperature drops. However, there are a few crucial things you need to know about upkeep if you’re going to keep your hot tub open during cold weather. Read on for a few tips for making your hot tub a hot spot this winter.

Level Out

Chlorine and pH levels always need to be checked, but more so during the winter. Winter is cold and flu season, so all kinds of germs are rampant. Check your pH and chlorine levels at least twice daily to ensure any microorganisms are eliminated. Require guests and family members to bathe or shower before using the hot tub, and don’t open the tub on days when it’s freezing or below. Anyone who is ill or recovering from an illness should stay out of the tub.

Clear the Way

Trekking to the hot tub can be dangerous if there’s snow on the ground or your hot tub area is slippery from rain. Always clear an easily accessible path to the hot tub, and don’t go out alone. Children and teens especially should not be out unsupervised. Encourage guests to wear shoes until they actually reach the hot tub area and remove them just before entering the tub.

Invest in a Towel Warmer

Swimsuits hold water against the body, which is one reason why you feel cold after stepping out of a hot tub. Further, when leaving the tub, your body temperature naturally drops. To ensure your guests don’t freeze, install a towel warmer in or near the hot tub area. This will encourage guests not to hurry through the hot tub experience. As a bonus, a warm towel may give more incentive to shower or bathe after use.

Don’t Forget the Cover

One crucial factor that can really dampen your enjoyment is attempting to get a heavy, frozen hot tub cover off and back onto the spa. Traditional rigid foam filled Hot Tub Covers will always end up saturated and that water inside the foam cover will freeze essentially you’ll end up with a block of ice over your spa. Not to mention that moving a heavy cover when there can be ice around the hot tub can be dangerous. Avoid the hassle by visiting SpaCap.com and ordering a custom made, lightweight hot tub covers that won’t get heavy or break.

Date Night in Your Own Backyard – SpaCap

All couples enjoy date nights but may shy away from them because of the expense, or because they’re bored with options they’ve already exhausted. For a wonderful date night in your own backyard, consider using your hot tub. You don’t need to go anywhere or spend any money, and you and your partner can be as casual as you like because you won’t need to wear anything except bathing suits. There’s also no need to worry about getting kicked out; the hot tub closes when you say it does. Here, we’ve provided a few tips and tricks to help you create a perfect hot tub date.

The Food of Love

Some people don’t like to eat in the hot tub because they worry the snacks will drop into the water. If this is a concern for you, make your own floating containers using Rubbermaid containers and pool noodles cut to fit them. Try easy, portable snacks like fruit kebabs or squares of dark chocolate. Veggie trays or chips and dip can also be a good idea, but make sure the dip is securely anchored in the center of your container or plate. Other fun ideas include miniature sausages, cheese cubes, or small sandwiches.

Play, Then Love

Many couples find it easier to get “in the mood” if they’ve been active first. Try exercising together and showering before getting in the tub, or alternate time between your hot tub and pool. Do silly dives together (safely!) or play pool games, or if you don’t want to be too active, try hot tub yoga with some relaxing music in the background. Many aquatic yoga websites have plenty of partner stretches to choose from.

Set the Mood

Overall, the hot tub should be a mellow and fun location. If you and your partner want to enjoy it together, set the mood. Use flameless candles in your favorite scents; rose, lavender, mango, and melon are all great olfactory aphrodisiacs. Play some soft music, and massage each other while in the tub.

 

Life with a hot tub is good
Owning a Hot Tub makes life a lot better

Don’t kill the mood by hurting yourself trying to get that heavy saturated Hot Tub Cover back onto your spa. Nothing ruins an evening like a trip to the emergency room. Keep the mood going by making putting the spa cover back on as easy as pulling the comforter off your bed. At SpaCap.com we build easy Hot Tub Covers that are as simple to move as a comforter. Visit us today and get one for yourself.

3 DIY Ideas for Spa Décor – SpaCap

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.

Canopies

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.

Tips for Purchasing a Hot Tub – SpaCap

Hot tubs are considered luxury items for most homeowners, and almost everyone would love to have one. However, not every hot tub is right for every homeowner, and not all hot tub retailers carry the same benefits. Today, we’ll examine the three most important things you should consider when purchasing a hot tub.

Tub Type

First you must decide whether you want a portable spa or a permanent spa. Most hot tubs are portable spas, meaning they’re built above ground and can be moved as needed. Permanent spas are built in-ground, usually with cement. Before buying a hot tub, determine where you want to place it and how much space you have. For example, you probably don’t want to place a permanent spa on a deck, but one could work if you have a large yard. Also, determine how many people will use the hot tub regularly. If you throw hot tub or pool parties, you’ll want a much bigger tub than you’d use for yourself or your immediate family.

Materials and Horsepower

Some people buy plastic hot tubs because they’re cheaper, only to deal with cracks, breaks, and debris later. Flimsy hot tubs may also indirectly cause rashes and infections because they can more easily let in germs, bugs, and microorganisms. Make sure your hot tub is made with fiberglass-based acrylic or a stronger material. Also, if your hot tub has jets, horsepower should equal one for every five to eight jets. Any less and you won’t get the full benefit; any more and the pressure could be dangerous.

Cost

Most hot tubs cost between $7,000 and $9,000 before taxes, and if run year-round can mean as much as a $500 increase on your electric and water bills. Before purchasing a hot tub, discuss with the family or friends who’ll be using it how often it will be used and for how long per day. Talk to your salesperson to set up a payment plan that works for you to guarantee the tub is paid off quickly.

Once you make your decision you’re going to need a quality hot tub cover to keep out debris and insulate the water. Here at SpaCap.com we have been building custom Hot Tub Covers for thirty years. What makes our covers so revolutionary is we don’t use rigid foam panels to do the insulating because no matter how it’s wrapped the foam will ALWAYS end up saturated or broken. Instead, the SpaCap uses air chambers which stay light weight and easy to use. In fact the design was invented by a woman so she could use the spa by herself. Check them out today.

How Your Hot Tub Helps You Sleep Better-SpaCap

In our busy world, it’s not uncommon for people to have trouble sleeping. In fact, many turn to prescription sleep aids to avoid this problem or simply suffer through it. There is a more natural solution – using your hot tub. Today, we’ll explore exactly how and why your hot tub can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake refreshed.

 

How Does This Work?

 

Soaking in a hot tub mimics the natural rise and fall of your core body temperature. The hot water relaxes tense muscles, draining the last of any energy or adrenaline that may still be pumping through your system. Once you leave the tub, your body temperature will drop, signaling to your body that it’s time to go to sleep.

 

No More Tossing and Turning

 

Many people toss and turn at night because they can’t find a comfortable sleeping position. This happens for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the room’s temperature feels off, or sometimes the person has aches and pains and can’t find relief. Using a hot tub can alleviate both these problems. As mentioned, hot tub use helps control body temperature, so you’re less likely to feel extremely hot or cold after usage. Thus, you’re better able to settle into a room temperature environment. Hot tub use also opens blood vessels, which helps tense muscles relax. This also calms down pain receptors in the brain.

 

Stop the Stress

 

Many insomniacs report they can’t sleep because their minds won’t “turn off” at night. A restless mind equals a tired body and can also lead to physical symptoms the next morning, such as headaches or stiff muscles. Hot tub use has been proven to alleviate stress. The hot water encourages leaning back, closing eyes, and relaxing. People with jets in their hot tub may also find the gentle bubbling soothing. Finally, you will feel relaxed after hot tub use, so you’ll be less likely to refocus on stressful thoughts.

One more thought

The last thing you want to do after getting nice and relaxed is to wrestle a heavy saturated hot tub cover back onto your spa. Aside from risking injury, you’re also likely to get your heart rate racing and maybe even get angry. Best to take this step out of the equation by replacing that old heavy hot tub cover with a custom spa cover from SpaCap.com. The only Spa Covers in the world that are as easy to use as a comforter on your bed.