and a spas are similar, but their origins differ slightly. However, both are manufactured tubs that can be installed above-ground or in-ground and do not necessarily have to remain in the same location. A hot tub is generally a wooden tub that holds enough water for two or more bathers. When manufacturers began making tubs from other materials, such as plastic and fiberglass
, they started to label the tubs, spas to differentiate between their product and the older, wooden versions. Modern spas featured seating, which older, wooden tubs did not have. Jets that propelled water at users was also a feature of the spas. Fiberglass versions feature filters that help keep the tub water clean for long periods of time. Hot tubs and spas now feature many of the same amenities. They are both designed to provide relaxing hydrotherapy in exactly the same way, and both include a heater, pumps, therapeutic jets and water filters.
A swim spa is a tub that allows you to swim continuously against a water current. It acts as a smaller swimming pool in the sense that you can swim just like in a regular pool, but you will not ``hit the wall`` or have to turn around to continue to swimming. Swim spas also come in split-models, with a hot tub spa in one end and a swimming area in the other end. Swim spas tend to be larger than hot tubs, and provide the absolute best swimming exercise work out, using the least amount of space in your home or yard. A swim spa provides you a place to exercise, relax the mind and body, or spend time with family and friends.
Health benefits of using a swim spa:
- The soothing hydrotherapy provided by a swim spa provides relief from stress.
- Submergence in hot water releases natural endorphins to help fight muscle and joint pain while at the same time increasing blood flow and relieving stress on aching muscles and joints.
- Relief from tension and aching muscles promotes better sleep and relaxation.
- When the body relaxes in warm water, blood vessels near the skin relax which increases blood flow.
- Swim spas also benefit people suffering from arthritis by helping to improve flexibility and easing pain.
- According to the American Heart Association just 30-60 minutes of physical activity 3-4 days per week can help reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
- As a regular physical activity swimming can also help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.
If you are looking to add family entertainment to the back yard for everyone to enjoy, a swimming pool would be your best option. A pool can serve as one of the best forms of entertainment for exercise, leisure, or relaxation for your home. When people begin to sort out their options for forms of hydrotherapy for their yard, they intuitively start deciding between above-ground or in-ground pools. Space and cost need to be considered when purchasing a swimming pool, and due to their larger size, swimming pools tend to require more effort and attention for proper pool maintenance. However, there is another option for hydrotherapy, which is a swim spa. Swim spas are similar to hot tubs, but come pre-assembled, making them extremely convenient, and provide both the comfort of a hot tub, and the exercise of a swimming pool.
So if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing, you can opt for a swim spa. It is more suitable for a yard with limited space. Swim spa also have powerful jets that can be used to massage sore joints and muscles. Swim spa tends to be more intimate, and are a great way for adults to socialize while enjoying the water.
The time required to build a pool depends on factors such as the type of pool being built and the size of the pool. Concrete pools and gunite pools take approximately 4 to 5 weeks to build, vinyl pools take 2-5 weeks while fiberglass pools take 2 weeks or less. Pool projects can take longer time if permits aren’t acquired on time, weather conditions delay construction, builder and subcontractors are not available, and not passing inspections.
With a hot tub in the room, water will definitely spill over while getting in and out of the hot tub. Make sure that the flooring material you choose won’t be easily damaged by water. The best flooring option for a room with an indoor hot tub is a non-slip tile material with a matte finish. Moreover, installing adequate drainage will make all the difference when you need to drain your spa to clean, service or move.
Here are some useful tips to help you maximize your enjoyment and maintain your hot tub properly:
- Buy a high-quality cover to keep your spa safe from the outside environment and save you a significant amount in energy costs by keeping your water warm.
- Regular cleaning of your hot tub is important. Drain and clean your hot tub every 3-4 months.
- Keep the water temperature consistent.
- Use a cover conditioner to protect your cover from UV rays and prevent it from hardening and cracking.
- Clean your hot tub with cleaning accessories. Buy hot tub filter accessories and other cleaning tools. This is worth the investment.
- Make sure that your hot tub chemicals are dry and out of extreme temperatures. If they get wet or are exposed to very hot or cold temperatures, they will begin degrading and may not work properly.
Here are some additions you can make to your inground pool by way of renovation:
- Waterfalls and fountains
- Hot Tubs
- Decks and Patios
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Secure the area: Build an enclosure around the hot tub area. You can also put up a fence with a self-latching gate to ensure that your children do not get in your spa without your permission and supervision.
Never leave children unattended: Make sure that you always supervise your children while the hot tub is being used. Never leave them alone even for one minute.
Adjust the temperature: Before the hot tub is used, check the temperature and turn it down if it is too hot.
Cover your hot tub when not in use: Cover your hot tub when you are finished using it. It will prevent your children from accidentally falling in.
Make sure the drain is safe: Keep the drain protected by an approved cover and test it periodically. Check for the expiration date and replace it when indicated.
Prevent slips and falls: Prevent slips and falls outside the hot tub by:
- Installing anti-skid treads on the steps
- Painting your deck with sand paint
Placing slip-proof rubber mats near the entrance of the hot tub