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Surround Sounds for Hot Tubs – SpaCap
October 31, 2014Hot Tub General

Soaking in a hot tubs is one of the most relaxing ways to spend time. From soothing aching muscles and joints to melting away the day’s many stresses, soaking in a spa is enhanced by music. Adding surround sound to your spa offers multiple benefits, both immediate and long-term.

Surrounding Yourself with Sound

Listening to music is more than an auditory experience, as both body and mind are engaged when soothing sounds are presented. In a 2007 study, the relationship between listening to music and overall health was explored. According to researchers, music:

  • Decreases depression. Individuals diagnosed with depression report a reduction in feelings of sadness, increase in level of motivation, and an improved outlook on life.
  • Reduces pain. From chronic pain to postoperative discomfort, listening to music helps alleviate physical pain.
  • Enhances quality of life. For some, exposure to music can reduce anxiety, improve coordination, or promote healthy communication, all of which enhance quality of life.
  • Improves overall mood. Whether you’re feeling blue, irritated, or angry, listening to music can lift your spirits.
  • The many benefits of listening to music have led spa owners to create an immersive experience by adding surround sound to their spa area.

Hot Tubs & Tunes

When it comes to adding surround sound to your spa, many options are available. Among spa owners, these options are preferred:
  • Portable docking station. Perfect for spa owners who want variation, portable docking stations can be connected to outdoor speakers to create a relaxing oasis of surround sound. Between ease of use and accessibility, a docking station provides decades of music at your fingertips.
  • Complete sound and entertainment installation. A less portable (but more effective) listening experience is created when a complete surround sound and entertainment system is installed. Available in waterproof and weather resistant varieties, outdoor surround sound systems help create a relaxing ambiance.
Prior to your next spa adventure, consider installing surround sound for your hot tub. To learn more about enhancing your spa experience, contact SpaCap today. At SpaCap.com we build the Next Generation in Insulating Hot Tub Covers. We have built hot tub covers for hot tubs with built in speakers. Don’t let a heavy or broken spa cover keep you from enjoying your hot tub.
Keeping Pets Safe Around Hot Tubs – SpaCap
October 30, 2014Hot Tub General, Hot Tub Covers

From offering convenient relief from the day’s stresses to creating a fun-filled atmosphere, hot tubs are a fantastic addition to any backyard. As a hot tub owner, it’s your responsibility to guarantee all guests – even furry friends – are safe. Follow these tips to ensure your hot tub remains a safe and fun environment for all.

Cover When Not in Use

A no-nonsense method of guarding access to your hot tub, hot tub covers are a wise investment. Between guarding your hot tub against pests and preventing pets from taking a leisurely dip, hot tub covers serve as the first and most prominent layer of protection. When unoccupied, cover the hot tub with this protective layer to enhance cleanliness and peace of mind. Just a side note, The Custom Made Hot Tub Covers from SpaCap.com are very pet friendly. No pet has ever been injured or trapped by a SpaCap spa cover.

Build a Fence

Endlessly curious, dogs enjoy a good romp in the backyard and may be tempted to take a quick dip in your spa. Though hot tub covers deter entry, they don’t always completely prevent it, leaving dogs are at risk of entering hot tubs unattended. Fencing off your spa area may be the best way to guard access to the hot tub and preserve the safety of pets. Although it doesn’t happen often, puppies have been known to chew on things from time to time. restricting their spa access is not just a good idea for their safety but it may also save on costly repairs.

Make Spa Adventures Brief

Spas don’t have to be a pet-free zone, but owners do need to be aware of the dangers of prolonged hot tub exposure for pets. First, a pet’s internal temperature can rise much quicker than a human’s simply because their bodies are smaller. Taking a long dip in the hot tub with your pet may lead to overheating, which can be life-threatening if not corrected. If you really want to have your pet join you in the spa, consider lowering the water temperature to the lowest setting for their safety.

Protect Your Investment

Though spending time with pets is enjoyable, allowing pets to linger in a hot tub is detrimental to their health and your wallet. Between fur, nails, and debris lodged in a pet’s coat, filters can become clogged and surfaces are easily scratched. Limiting the amount of time spent in the hot tub will help prevent costly damage to your spa and prolong your pets life.

If you have questions about the worlds best hot tub covers, contact SpaCap.com today.
Hot Tubs and the Right Size for You – SpaCap
October 29, 2014Spa Cover, Hot Tub Maintenance, Hot Tub General

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.
Can Hot Tubs be used in Winter? – SpaCap
October 28, 2014Hot Tub General

Some people see hot tubs being used in the dead of winter and think it must be freezing to get out or that a ton of energy is being wasted. Of course, there are those who see people hot tubbing in winter and wish they could join in. Fortunately for the latter group, hot tub technology has improved to the point that hot tubs can be used at any time of the year and not spend too much on electricity. Below are a few tips for keeping your hot tub warm without spending a considerable amount of money in the winter.
  • Buy a good cover (our specialty).One of the most important aspects of keeping a hot tub warm is buying a good cover. Hot Tub Covers have to insulate or there is no reason to have one. Trapping in the heat from day to day so that less energy is needed to heat it later adds up to energy savings. Covers that are old, worn, or ripped may be effective at protecting the hot tub from falling debris, but will allow the majority of heat to escape. If necessary, consider buying a new spa cover. At SpaCap.com, for example, we build custom hot tub covers to fit all kinds of hot tubs. You can even add more insulation for ultimate energy savings.
  • Use solar power. Solar power is often collected by rooftop solar panels where it is either channeled directly to appliances or stored in batteries. By storing the electricity in batteries, homeowners can ensure they have a supply of power even when the sun is not shining. It will take a lot of solar energy to heat a hot tub, but one way to lower the amount of electricity needed is by using the sun to warm the water during the day. A plastic cover that can absorb and trap the sun’s heat will reduce the amount the temperature needs to increase to reach the desired warmth.
  • Lower the temperature. The average hot tub temperature is set at 104 degrees Fahrenheit. When not in use, a hot tub can be set at a lower temperature to reduce the amount of electricity keeping it warm. Using the sun and proper covers to trap in heat will keep the temperature steady without using too much electricity.
Since heat rises, the most important aspect of energy savings when it comes to hot tubs are the covers. This is true no matter what the season is. Unless the outdoor temperature where you live is a constant 104 degrees, insulation will be the key to saving money and keeping the spa ready for use. Visit SpaCap.com right now to find out more about the Next Generation of Custom Hot Tub Covers.
Using Hot Tubs in the Morning – SpaCap
October 27, 2014Hot Tub General

People often think of relaxing in the hot tub after a hard day of work or strenuous exercise. The hot water relaxes muscles and increases circulation, making for a great warm-down activity. This also means they can help users wake up in the morning and physically prepare for the day by opening up blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.

Hot tubs have both a relaxing and stimulating effect on the body. When a person submerges in hot water, his or her body temperature is raised, preventing the body from cooling itself through perspiration. In some cases the process is similar to exercise in a hot and humid climate, where sweat does not evaporate and cool the body. In the body’s effort to lower its temperature, it dilates the blood vessels below the skin; a process known as vasodilation. This will lower the body’s blood pressure slightly and may lower heart rate as well.

The increase in blood flow will relieve tight or sore muscles, and doing simple exercises and stretches in the hot tub first thing in the morning can relieve any tension from the day before. A few simple exercises to increase blood flow and heart rate will balance out the relaxing effects of the hot tub and leave a person invigorated and ready to face the day. People struggling with chronic pain or joint discomfort can also benefit from soaking in hot tubs, as the increased blood flow and warm temperatures often provide relief. Those with injuries like bruises, however, should avoid the hot tub, as the increased blood flow may cause swelling.

Another benefit of morning hot tubbing is a sense of peace and mental calm. The hot tub’s relaxing effects and the rhythmic sound of the bubbles and jets will slowly wake a person up and provide a perfect environment for meditation.

Finally, a number of people prepare for their days by drinking coffee and eating a healthy breakfast. If you enjoy a hot tub while drinking your coffee or shortly after eating breakfast, your dilated blood vessels will spread the nutrients and caffeine through your system much faster.

One thing that can stop you from getting the benefit from your hot tub is a heavy cover. It happens slowly over time but eventually every rigid foam filled spa cover ever made will become saturated with water and too heavy to lift. Before you even realize it your starting to avoid getting into your spa just because you dread removing and replacing the cover.

At SpaCap.com we have been building the worlds best hot tub covers for years. A few years ago while we were shooting a commercial the technicians in the control booth asked, “Who are your target market?” Explaining that our goal was to reach people that have a spa but they don’t use it as often as they once did because the cover is too heavy.

One of the technicians said, “That’s me. When my wife uses the spa, she leaves the cover off until I get home because it takes two of us to lift it back onto the hot tub.” The other one added, “My parents just gave me their spa, it works perfectly, they just stopped using it because the cover made it to hard to get into. All it needed was a new cover!”

Don’t let a heavy hot tub cover keep you from getting into your spa. Get one of the Next Generation in Hot Tub Covers from SpaCap.com and get back to enjoying your spa.
Hot Tubs and High Blood Pressure – SpaCap
October 26, 2014Hot Tub Safety, Hot Tub General

People with high blood pressure will often avoid lulling in a hot tub because they think it’s not good for them. Even though hot tubs can pose health risks for anyone if misused or overused, they are great for improving overall circulation. Here are some misconceptions about hot tubs and some facts regarding hot tub safety:
  • Hot tubs are dangerous for high blood pressure sufferers. Hot tubs and saunas expose the body to high heat, which widens blood vessels near the surface of the skin. This process is known as vasodilation and can sometimes cause a slight drop in blood pressure, though never enough to cause worry. If users want to avoid the blood pressure drop, they should enter the hot tub slowly to allow their body to become accustomed to the new temperature.
  • You should not go from a hot tub to cold water. One activity that young people sometimes enjoy is soaking in a hot tub and jumping in a cold pool immediately afterwards. This can pose a slight risk to people with blood pressure problems; the rapid change in temperature will cause stress and rapid blood pressure changes in the body. Sufferers of hypertension should be careful to slowly allow their body to adjust to any temperature changes.
  • Hot tubs are bad for heart patients. Hot tubs can pose some risks for heart patients, but nothing so severe that they can’t enjoy a brief dip in a hot tub. The increase in body temperature can lower blood pressure and widen blood vessels, which can have negative effects on the heart if continued for a long time. Heart patients and those taking heart medications should talk with their doctors before relaxing in a hot tub, stay hydrated, and keep their sessions brief.
  • Hot tubs affect pacemakers. No link has been found between hot tubs and pacemaker problems. However, since most people with pacemakers have a history of heart problems, they should be cautious when using a hot tub and give themselves time to adjust to the water temperature.
  • Hot tubs cause dizziness and headaches. If a person is in a hot tub for too long, he or she may suffer dizziness, headaches, or shortness of breath. These symptoms are temporary, but a person experiencing them should take a break until the symptoms abate.
One thing that we should all avoid is overexertion from lifting a heavy hot tub cover. If you want to lift weights, go to the gym. If you want to get into your hot tub to relax you shouldn’t have to strain yourself lifting an obsolete, over weight foam hot tub cover.

At SpaCap.com, we have been building the next generation of Hot Tub Covers for a generation. Check out our custom made, lightweight hot tub covers today and stop killing yourself trying to get your therapy.
Great Exercises for Hot Tubs – SpaCap
October 25, 2014Hot Tub General

Hot tubs are generally for relaxing tense muscles. But it is also a great place to do some mild forms of exercise that can help you get in shape. The hot water relaxes your muscles, helping them stretch easier and making your simple workout more effective. Persons suffering from arthritis, pulled muscles or ligaments, or other musculoskeletal issues can all experience relief from exercising their sore joints and muscles without worrying about too much tension or force causing further injury. The following are a few exercises and stretches to try in your hot tub:
  • Bicycle kicks. Sitting on the edge of the hot tub seat, kick your feet in a pedaling motion, keeping the circular movement going for at least 30 seconds – a minute if possible. This will stretch out the muscles in your leg while providing a mild workout.
  • Shoulder stretches. Roll your shoulders forward and backwards five times in each direction while keeping them submerged underneath the hot water. This will stretch out your shoulder muscles, loosening up any tightness or soreness. Another stretch is to slowly but firmly pull your arm across your body, keeping it straight as you do so. For example, bring your right arm to the left side of your body so that your bicep is below your chin, or stretch your arm so that your right hand is below your left hip.
  • Leg extensions. Sitting on the hot tub seat with your back straight, slowly extend your legs until your knees lock; then let them bend back down at the same speed. Do this five to ten times, keeping the pace slow and even. This will stretch out your hamstrings and calves while also giving your legs and abdomen a minor workout.
  • Gluteal stretches. These are great after a long run or other exercise in which the large muscles of your upper leg and backside are tight or sore. If you have space in the hot tub, sit sideways on the seat and extend both legs in front of you. Bend the leg closest to the wall so that foot is close to the knee of the straightened leg, and cross the foot over the opposite knee. Hold that pose for roughly 3 seconds, and you will feel your gluteal muscles relaxing and loosening.
  • Arm rotations. Straighten your arms out to either side of your body and slowly rotate them in small circles. Do between five and ten rotations in each direction, and you will begin to feel your arm and shoulder muscles loosening.
One exercise you don’t want to do is wrestle heavy wet hot tub covers. You should check out the custom made replacement hot tub covers from SpaCap.com.

Hot Tubs Fall into Autumn – SpaCap
October 24, 2014Hot Tub General

The autumn months are spent drinking hot apple cider, building bonfires, and enjoying the final days of pleasant temperatures and outdoor activities. Don’t forget to enjoy your hot tub during this season! Before you have to start winterizing your tub for the colder months ahead, make sure to enjoy the fall weather out in the spa. The best way to celebrate? Throw a party!

Harvest Party Essentials

Including an abundance of seasonal specialties is a must for a cozy hot tub harvest party. From the food to the décor, this party should feature pumpkins, spices, and warmth at every turn. While you’re planning, consider creative ways to represent the season through decorations and snacks. For decorations, try something like:

  • Jack-o-lanterns leading the way. Line the walkway to the hot tub with glowing jack-o-lanterns. Fall is the only season when people practice this tradition, so incorporating it into your hot tub party will be the perfect seasonal flare.
  • Pumpkins for everything! Use hollowed-out pumpkins to hold chips, as flower vases, and whatever else you can think of.
For food, think about the things you only eat during this season, and start shopping! Focus on items like:

  • Seasonal treats. Stock up on caramel apples, pumpkin flavored baked goods, and candy corn to complete the night. Put little bowls around the edges of the hot tub so guests can snack while they relax in the warm water.
  • Hot apple cider. The perfect warm drink for a crisp autumn night. For an adults-only party, try putting a little Fireball Whisky in the cider to add some extra spice to the night.
For games, consider buying a few packs of waterproof cards to take the fun into the hot tub. Games like Spades, Hearts, Mafia, and more will keep you laughing through the night.

Ready to throw the perfect hot tub harvest party? Better replace that old heavy spa cover first. You don’t want any of your guests to injure themselves having that heavy cover fall on them. Contact SpaCap to learn more about the best lightweight hot tub covers in the world. Bonus, since every cover they make is Custom made with Sunbrella outdoor fabric, you can match your patio decor!
Winterizing Hot Tubs – SpaCap
October 23, 2014Hot Tub General

Although hot tubs are fun to use during cooler weather, most people need to prepare their hot tub for bitter winter temperatures when the spa won’t be used. Most climates don’t pose major risks to hot tubs, but to ensure you will enjoy your spa again in the spring, it’s wise to take necessary precautions to keep it in good condition.

Choose Your Plan for Winter

Depending on where you live, you might want to continue using your hot tub throughout the winter. For this reason, there are two routes for winterizing the tub: flush, refill, and either soak or drain and cover it until spring arrives.

Let the Winterizing Begin!

Regardless of which route you take, the hot tub needs attention before it gets too cold. The proper winterization steps include:
  1. Pre-cleaning the tub. Buy a bottle of Whirlpool Rinse and add it to the tub 24 hours before you plan to drain it to remove unwanted residues and prepare for draining.
  2. Getting stale water out. Use a submergible pump to remove the old water from the tub.
  3. Cleaning vents and filters. Take out the cartridge filter from the skimmer and clean the area. Take your time cleaning the filter to ensure all hair and debris is properly removed before you replace it into the skimmer.
  4. Removing excess water. Use a wet/dry vac to remove extra water from the tub before covering or refilling.
  5. Polishing all surfaces.
People who decide to leave the tub empty and cover it need to make sure all drains are left open to prevent frozen pipes throughout the winter. Cut the power, put something across the spa to support the cover (we typically suggest a heavy duty plastic ice chest), put the cover on and shelter it with a tarp, and head inside. Otherwise, refill the tub, put on your bathing suit, and keep enjoying the warm water through the cold months ahead.

Ready to enjoy the winter in your hot tub? Call SpaCap to learn about the best Hot Tub Covers on the planet and the available options today! At SpaCap.com, we have been building hot tub covers for places that get heavy snow fall and severe weather for years. No other spa cover can stand up to winter like a SpaCap.
How Hot Tubs Help with Type 2 Diabetes – SpaCap
October 22, 2014Hot Tub General

Establishing dependable methods for keeping blood sugar balanced is challenging for people with Type 2 diabetes. Individuals interested in minimizing the use of medications and finding more natural remedies for their condition should consider using hot tubs to lower their blood sugar.

How Hot Tubs Help

Before using hot tub therapy, make sure your physician approves of this type of treatment for glucose levels and other diabetes-related issues. The next step is learning how hot tubs are beneficial for diabetes patients. It’s frustrating to feel dependent on countless medications to stay healthy, so finding alternative ways to improve your health can be liberating and exciting for many people. The list of benefits includes:
  1. Lower blood pressure. Dr. Philip L. Hooper of McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, conducted a study where he tested the benefits of hot tub use on a group of diabetic men and women. The results of the study indicated a significant drop in blood glucose levels after subjects committed themselves to 30 minute hot tub soaks 6 days a week for 3 weeks.
  2. Weight loss. Dr. Hooper’s study also tracked an average weight loss of 3.75 pounds for those participating in the hot tub study. Diabetic patients always benefits from any type of weight loss, so this benefit of hot tub therapy is exciting for many people.
  3. Less stress. Because their blood pressure dropped and they feel healthier, many patients experienced more relaxation and less stress after developing the daily hot tub soaking routine. Warm water immersion is a reliable method for reducing anxiety, which is another health benefit for people with Type 2 diabetes.
Once you are ready to test the waters of hot tub therapy, contact SpaCap to learn more about how you can avoid heavy hot tub covers. You don’t want to avoid getting into your spa just because that rigid foam cover got too heavy to lift. Have SpaCap.com build you one of their lightweight hot tub covers so you can get your therapy and enjoy life for years to come.
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