Tag Archive: hot tubbing

  1. Where were Hot Tubs 35 Years Ago?

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    “Hot Tubs Are In” according to Dan Oliver from NBS news 35 years ago today, on April 11th, 1978.

    The news report covered the emerging hot tub trend that was moving from California to the east with a record number of spas being sold coast to coast.

    Why were hot tubs so popular? Purely social, they concluded. Hot tubs are a place “where people can sit around and have good conversations, and get to know each other better.” It’s also noted that “acquaintances always come out of a hot tub better friends than they were when they went in.”

    Check out the NBC News brief from April 11, 1978:

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    35 years of research has concluded that hot tubs, though very ‘social’, also reduce stress, helps us sleep better, and provide other warm water therapy benefits that are greatly needed in the fast-paced and stressful world we live in today.

    The modern hot tub movement did in fact start in California during the 1960’s, when creative hot tub enthusiasts were designing hot tubs out of oak wine barrels. It was even rumored somewhere that the first hot tub was conceived the  day a winemaker fell into a barrel of warm mulled wine during a wine tasting. (If wine and hot tubs is your thing – check out our last article on that subject here.)

    Oak, as it turned out, wasn’t the best material for hot tubbing and manufacturers moved to redwood, then to fiberglass by the 1970’s.

    By 1978 the trend had made its way to the east coast, as most Californian trends eventually do, and the rest is history.


    Only 5 years after this report on the hot tub boom hitting the east coast, ThermoSpas opened it’s doors in Shelton, CT. The new hot tub company expanded so quickly that it grew out of two locations before settling into it’s current home – a 140,000 square foot warehouse plant on 14 acres in Wallingford, CT.

    From there ThermoSpas went on to revolutionize the hot tub industry by redesigning many aspects of the modern hot tub from patented shell fabrication, to plumbing, manufacturing, and water testing technologies. These innovative redesigns are what helped to make ThermoSpas hot tubs the best and most reliable hot tubs in the world.

    To learn more about ThermoSpas and it’s patented technologies, visit our website at thermospas.com or request a free DVD and brochure today.

  2. Unplug With A Hot Tub Ritual

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    Most of us are on sensory overload – our time is spent connected to our computers, mobile phones, and the internet and less in quiet self-reflection or in meaningful conversations with our kids or spouse.

    The Effects of Technology

    Adults today spend about 12 hours a day consuming media yet only 5.5 minutes a day on average having meaningful conversations with their children.

    Digital overload effects our brains, our bodies, and our human relations.

    Owning a hot tub is a lifestyle choice, and it can be used as a tool to help us unplug and reconnect with ourselves and our family.


    An Ancient Tradition

    Humans have been taking part in the hot tub ritual since Ancient Greece, when it was common to sit in a hot spring and discuss philosophical ideas or socialize with the community.

    You too can recreate the old rituals that have been lost in modern times. Whether you live alone or are part of a large family, creating a hot tub ritual will make ‘unplugging’ a part of your daily or weekly routine.


  3. Winter Storm Approaching? Prepare Your Hot Tub to Prevent Damage

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    Thermospas hot tub service expert Mike Tierney gives some tips on how to prepare your hot tub for a winter storm:

    Do not drain your hot tub.

    Draining your hot tub without properly winterizing it can cause serious damage to the pumps and lines – damage that is not covered by your warranty.

    Keep your spa running at the max temperature.

    If the power goes out, a covered hot tub at 104 degrees can retain its heat for 2-4 days in cold weather. Keeping your hot tub at its maximum temperature will buy you the time you need to have a technician service your spa before it becomes a more serious issue.

    Protect your circuit board 

    If you are experiencing frequent power disruptions, you may want to turn off your circuit breaker temporarily until the power supply becomes more consistent. Significant power surges could damage the circuit board.

    If your hot tub breaks down:

    If your hot tub stops functioning before or during the storm for non-storm related reasons, there are steps that you can take to prevent damage until it can be serviced. You will want create as much heat and water movement as possible to prevent your spa from freezing.

    The worst thing you could do is drain your spa! If you drain your spa without properly winterizing it, there will still be approximately 20 pounds of water left in the plumbing lines of the spa. This water will freeze much faster when the tub is empty, causing serious damage to your hot tub.

    Instead, you can generate heat and water movement with the use of a submersible pump. Since we do not want to drain the spa – do not attach a hose to the pump. Simply place the submersible pump in the foot-well of the spa and let it run consistently, 24/7, until your hot tub can be serviced.

    By putting the pump in the foot-well of the spa, it will simulate a waterfall effect, creating water movement while at the same time generating heat. It is vital that the hot tub remains at a warm temperature, so keep the hot tub covered while the pump is running to retain as much heat as possible.

    Have questions for Mike? Ask us in the comments below.