Dispelling Common Misconceptions About Hot Tubs
Myth #1 – Your Electric Bill Will Jump
While hot tubs do use electricity to power the heater, jets, etc., the cost is actually much lower than people assume. With a high quality tub, you can enjoy regular use for as little as $10 – $20 per month. There are many factors at play – like local energy rates, the quality and condition of your cover, and insulation – but most hot tubs will only cause a minimal increase to your electric bill!
Myth #2 – Hot Tubs Stink of Chlorine
The chlorine you’ll likely use in your hot tub does have a faint smell, it shouldn’t be overpowering. That eye-burning smell you may be thinking of is actually a compound called chloramine – created when chlorine mixes with nitrogen and ammonia. Your hot tub is not supposed to smell this way.
Unfortunately, the likely culprit here is urine… It introduces the ammonia that turns chlorine to chloramine, creating that smell we all want to avoid. The solution is simple: rules! Make sure people know to be hygienic and respectful of your hot tub, especially the kids, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
Myth #3 – Hot Tubs Spread Disease
This is one of the most pervasive myths about hot tubs, it couldn’t be further from the truth! Something about hot water and multiple people in close proximity makes people think that bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens thrive – putting spa users at risk for disease. In reality, a well maintained hot tub is a perfectly safe and hygienic place to spend your time. The chemicals – namely chlorine – you use to keep the tub operational also serve to kill microorganisms and keep you safe!
Now, it’s important to note that this all hinges on proper maintenance. Make sure you keep up with your hot tub chemicals and water treatment. It’s generally a good practice to have your guests shower before using your hot tub as well. Do your part to keep outside contaminants out, use your chemicals, and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about!
Myth #4 – Hot Tubs Are Difficult to Maintain
Some people think that owning a hot tub is a huge undertaking, that it will take too much time and effort to maintain. It’s actually quite the opposite! Setup can take some time, but once you’re up and running, your regular maintenance will be minimal compared to the time you have to enjoy yourself.
You’ll have to check your water levels, keep up with your chemicals, and change the water entirely several times a year. You will also have to replace filters and take care of repairs as needed, but all of these steps require a pretty minimal time to perform. Once you get into the routine, it will just be another small chore – and well worth it!
Hot tubs are a wonderful investment. Don’t let these myths stop you from the joys of hot tub ownership!
If you have any questions about the model that’s best for you, how to keep it maintained, or if you just want to browse our options, stop in or contact Emerald Spa and Billiards in Grand Rapids MI today!