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  1. Ways to Lower Your Hot Tub Heating Costs

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    After you’ve made the decision to invest in a hot tub, your next question will likely be, “How much will this raise my electric bill?”

    Although many factors go into the actual costs of running your spa, such as the size of your hot tub and frequency of use; you do have some control over your hot tub’s energy consumption.

    As you will discover in this article, educating yourself on what to look for, and making smart investments, can greatly reduce your hot tub energy costs.

    Insulation is the number one factor that affects energy efficiency

    There are two types of insulation: full foam and thermal insulation. Over 70% of hot tubs built today are built the old-fashioned way–with full foam.

    Although foam can be a good insulator, if there is a leak or repair that needs to be made, it becomes a nightmare to fix.

    hot tub insulation

    Thermal insulation make repairs easy

    Thermal insulation uses layers of insulation material in the walls and base of the hot tub to trap the heat inside. Another benefit of this type of insulation is that it locks in the heat generated from the spa’s pumps and motors, a system called co-generated heat.

    Thermal insulation is simply a smarter and more modern method for hot tub insulation.

    All of our designer series hot tubs come with our unique ThermoInsulation system that consists of layers of insulated materials between the spa shell and the cabinet walls.

    Independent tests have shown that ThermoSpas unique insulation system requires less kilowatts of energy than solid foam spas, making them less expensive to operate.

    The importance of a good hot tub cover

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    ThermoSpas covers are 70% more energy efficient

    Even though ThermoSpas hot tubs are well insulated on the walls and base, since heat rises, a good cover is also needed to reduce heat loss.

    If your cover is waterlogged, or does not seal tight when closed–your hot tub is going to lose a substantial amount of heat, and subsequently use more energy.

    The ThermoCovers designed by our engineers are 70% more energy efficient than industry standards. All you need to do is make sure that you replace your cover when necessary to keep it working efficiently and saving you money.

    Some of the signs you need a new cover:

    • Your vinyl is cracked, torn, or dry
    • The cover is sagging, extremely heavy, and waterlogged
    • The cover has a musty, moldy smell

    Any of these signs could mean you need a replacement cover. Call our customer care department for questions and orders: 1-800-876-0158 (Option 2).

    Keep your filters clean

    Dirty filters reduce the circulation of the spa water, causing the pump to work harder and the heater to run less efficiently.

    To keep your filters working efficiently, clean them every one to three weeks, and replace them once every 3-4 months.

    Keeping your filters clean is not only an easy way to save on energy costs, it also prolongs the life of your hot tub, and saves you time and money on chemical maintenance.

    Follow this guide on cleaning and changing your hot tub filters.

    thermal blanket

    A thermal blanket can reduce energy costs

    Drastically reduce heating costs with one small investment

    Investing in a thermal blanket is a small investment that will give great returns. Not only does a thermal blanket reduce energy costs, it extends the life of your cover, and reduces the amount of chemicals you use.

    A thermal blanket floats on the surface of the hot tub water, underneath your cover. It reduces heat loss by adding another layer of heat protection, and it also slows down chemical evaporation.

    Order one online today

    More energy-saving hot tub tips:

    • Use a timer. Set the heater to turn on 15-20 minutes before you are going to use the hot tub.
    • Maintain a steady temperature. It costs more money to heat an entire spa that has been turned off for 4-5 days than it does to maintain a consistent temperature using economy mode.
    • Use sleep mode when you know you aren’t going to be using the hot tub for an extended period of time.
    • Reheat during reduced rate off-peak hours when you need to reheat your spa after draining. Only drain your spa when necessary to save energy and water.

    When approaching the subject of hot tub heating costs, it’s important to look at the bigger picture. If a small investment will save you money every month, it will add up to a substantial amount of savings over a period of years.

    A hot tub representative can go more into detail about all the unique patented features that make ThermoSpas hot tubs a smarter energy-efficient choice.

    Contact us today at 1-800-876-0158 or schedule a free site inspection online.

  2. 3 Reasons to Choose the VacuSeal for your next Hot Tub Cover

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    What is the VacuSeal Hot Tub Cover?

    The VacuSeal is a patent pending, revolutionary Hot Tub Cover lifter and Cover with Canopy that outperforms any hot tub cover over on the market today.

    What makes the VacuSeal the best?

    1. Ease of use – The VacuSeal requires just one lifting motion to open or close the cover. When exiting the spa, simply grab the center handle of the cover and pull it closed as you exit. Simple and quick!

    vacuseal hot tub cover lifter

    • The pneumatically assisted lifting motion of the coverlifter does the hard work for you, making it virtually effortless to open and close the spa cover.
    • No more shifting the cover into place like traditional covers. The VacuSeal always sits perfectly on your spa and locks into place with one simple device.
    • Wind blown covers pose a safety hazard and cause loss of heat. To lock a traditional cover in place you need to close 4 latches on each corner of the spa. With the VacuSeal, there is only one latch to open and close.

    2. Energy-Saving – The VacuSeal applies pressure on the cover when it’s in a closed position, creating a vacuum tight seal and locking in the heat, every time you close the cover. When you lift the cover, the pressure reverses, and opening the spa is effortless.
    energy saving hot tub cover lifter

    Did you know that the large space in the folded center of most cover lifters is considered to be the #1 area of heat loss on spas? The patent pending VacuSeal Cover is the only cover available that removes this trouble spot; thus making the VacuSeal a wise investment given the amount of money you will save on your energy bill. Not only will you save money, it will make you a greener hot tubber too.

    The upward pressure of lifting the cover causes premature damage. See the example below of a traditional cover within just 6 months of use:

    traditional hot tub cover

    The VacuSeal technology reverses pressure when lifted, eliminating the traditional wear and tear and preserving the lifespan of your cover.

    3. Attractiveness – For many, the hot tub is a part of their landscaping or deck design. No one wants their hot tub to be an eye-sore. An attractive cover can give your hot tub an immediate face-lift.

    attractive hot tub cover lifter

    • The lifting bar, made of galvanized steel not plastic, in encases in marine vinyl where most hot tub covers lave the bar exposed.
    • The attractive canopy adds a new look to your cover, while at the same time providing the convenience of protecting you from the sun, wind, and rain.
    • Without the normal wear and tear that traditional covers are subject to, your VacuSeal cover stays beautiful year after year.