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  1. Hot Tub Temperature Guide: How Hot Should Your Spa Water Be?

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    Though all hot tubs are unique in their own way, one thing remains consistent: their warm water. For thousands of years, warm water therapy has been utilized to heal the mind and the body. Hot water helps bathers melt their worries away, soothe their muscles and relax after a long day. It’s what hot tubs were built for.

    Some hot tub owners have asked us what the optimal water temperature is for it to remain both relaxing and healthy. This is what we’re here to answer today.

    Best Hot Tub Temperature for Most Healthy Adults

    For most healthy adults, a water temperature of 100 degrees F is safe, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). At this temperature, you will receive all of the benefits from warm water therapy and a great relaxation experience. According to the CPSC, water temperature should never exceed 104 degrees F. Because of this, the temperature limit on most hot tubs is 104 degrees. Though modern hot tubs should not exceed this temperature, it’s best to check the temperature with an accurate thermometer before you use the spa.

    There are some instances when you should keep the temperature lower than 100 degrees F for safety reasons. Let’s take a look at some of those now.

    Healthy Temperature for Children

    Though the CDC states that children under five years old should not use a hot tub, we here at ThermoSpas think you should wait until they are even older to let them use the spa. We recommend first allowing your child to enter the hot tub when they are 10 years old. At this age, they should be able to touch the bottom of the spa with their head out of water. Children should also never be fully submerged in the water.

    When children are in the hot tub, you should lower the temperature because their bodies are more sensitive to heat than adults’ bodies are. According to the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, you should drop the temperature to 98 degrees F or lower and take your child out of the spa every fifteen minutes at this temperature to give them a break from the heat. During these breaks, give your children a drink of water so that they stay hydrated. Children should never stay in the hot tub for more than 15 minutes at a time when the water is at 95 degrees F.

    Healthy Temperature for Pregnant Women

    While pregnant, women do not want their body temperature rising to 102 degrees F. Because of this, the CPSC states that pregnant women should not use a hot tub when the water temperature of or exceeding 102 degrees F, as this can cause fetal damage during the first three months of pregnancy. The CPSC states that women should keep the temperature at 100 degrees F maximum.

    If you are pregnant, you should speak to your physician before using a hot tub.

    If you do use the hot tub while pregnant, the temperature should not exceed 100 degrees F, as the CPSC states. According to the Mayo Clinic, pregnant women should also limit their time in the hot tub to less than 10 minutes, just to be safe. They should also only spend time in the hot tub once every couple of weeks. The Mayo Clinic also recommends that these women get out of the hot tub if they start to sweat or feel discomfort. If they already have an elevated temperature as a result of being sick or exercising, it’s best to not use the hot tub at all.

    Healthy Temperature for People with Heart Disease, Circulatory Problems, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure, or Those Taking Certain Medications

    We suggest that any people with the medical conditions stated above talk to their physician before using a hot tub. The safest temperature for people with these conditions may vary from person to person.

    People who take medications that induce drowsiness, such as tranquilizers, antihistamines or anti-coagulants should also consult their doctor before using a hot tub. It may not be safe for these people to use hot tubs because of the risk of falling asleep in the water.

    Best Temperature for Warm Days

    Though soaking in hot water over the summer is relaxing, it can be fun to cool down in your hot tub during warm days too.  Try lowering the temperature to 95 degrees when it’s hot outside. Anything below your body temperature should feel good, even on the hottest of days. If you really want to enjoy cool water on a sunny day, reduce your temperature to 85 degrees F. This is a fun way to transform your hot tub experience.

    Keep the Temperature Consistent

    Some people assume that they should lower the water temperature while they are not using the hot tub and then reheat it right before they get it. They may think that this will save energy and money. Yet, lowering the temperature after use and raising it before saves little to no energy if you use your hot tub often. In fact, it does more bad than good. It causes unnecessary stress on your heater and circuit board, which can lead to more wear and tear.

    Try to keep your hot tub temperature as consistent as possible. The only time we recommend you lower the temperature when you are not using your hot tub is if you are not going to use it for an extended period of time, such as if you are going out of town.  If you have a high quality hot tub cover, such as our ThermoSpas Hot Tub Covers, your hot tub should use little energy to maintain its temperature.

    We hope this guide to hot tub temperatures helps you to enjoy your hot tub as much as possible in a safe manner. For more maintenance tips and advice, take a look at the maintenance section of our blog. We have lots information about how to take care of your hot tub, and will be producing lots more!

  2. How to Fix Cloudy Hot Tub Water

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    Hazy or cloudy hot tub water is a problem that some hot tub owners face. It can stop you from wanting to enter your hot tub and can make soaking a much less relaxing experience than it should be. Like with foamy hot tub water, cloudiness can be caused by a variety of factors. But luckily, it’s very easy to fix. Let’s take a look at some simple steps you can take to eliminate a hazy appearance from your hot tub water.

    Change the amount of sanitizer you use

    Hot tub users add sanitizer to their water to reduce the presence of microorganisms. If your sanitizer is low, these microorganisms could be causing the water to appear cloudy. Likewise, high sanitizer levels can change the pH balance of the water, making it look hazy.

    To maintain the proper chemical levels and keep your water clear, it’s important to use chemical test trips. After testing the chemical balance in your water, you can add the necessary chemicals to balance out your water. When your chemical levels are balanced, the water may become clear.

    Clean Your Filter

    If you haven’t cleaned or inspected your filter in a while, it could be the cause of your cloudy spa water.  Filters are an extremely important component in keeping your water clean, clear and free of bacteria. You should be doing a quick rinse of your filter with a garden hose at least every four weeks. You should also thoroughly clean your filter at least every three months to ensure that it functions efficiently. While you are cleaning your filter, install a replacement filter in your hot tub. Finally, you should replace your hot tub filter with a new one every year.

    Avoid adding too many dissolved solids to the spa water

    Every time you enter your hot tub, you add to the total amount of dissolved solids in the water. When body lotions, detergents, hair products and other body products accumulate in the hot tub, they can cause hazy water and foaming.

    Although we recommend that you rinse off in a shower before entering the hot tub to avoid this problem, we also recognize that this is sometimes impractical. If you don’t have the time to shower before you soak, put your hair up and try not to apply any lotion before you enter the hot tub. Also, make sure to thoroughly rinse out all of your soap and hair products when you shower, and avoid using detergents on your bathing suit.

    Refrain from using spa salts in your hot tub

    Some people use spa salts to enhance their relaxation experience in hot tubs. However, excessive use of spa salts can alter the pH balance in your spa, causing it to become cloudy. This is why we do not recommend using spa salts.

    Instead, consider using spa fragrances. These spa-safe fragrances promote relaxation and contain therapeutic qualities for a luxurious spa experience. No need for spa salts that may damage your hot tub and its water.

    If none of the above works, drain, clean and refill your hot tub

    Sometimes, the only way to get clear hot tub water is to fill your hot tub with fresh water and continue the practices above. If you haven’t refilled your water in 4 months, it might be time to do so. But before you drain your hot tub, use ThermoSpas Jet Cleaner to clean out the dirt, soap and bacteria hidden in your plumbing. When using our Jet Cleaner, all you have to do is add it to the water, run your pumps and jets at full power for 15 minutes, let the hot tub water sit for an hour, and then run your pumps and jets for 15 minutes again. It’s as easy as that.

    Next, drain your hot tub. After your spa is empty, use ThermoSpas All Purpose Cleaner to clean the jets and shell. Then, use a hose to refill your squeaky clean hot tub with fresh water. After this thorough cleaning, your water should remain clear and clean for a long time, as long as you follow all of the steps above.

    If, after following all of these steps, your hot tub water remains cloudy, feel free to call our customer care representatives at 1-800-876-0158. They are knowledgeable in every facet of water chemistry, so they will be able to help you with your hot tub water problems by giving you personalized advice and suggestions. We are always happy to help.

  3. Foamy, Soapy Hot Tub Water: How to Fix

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    Are you experiencing excessive foaming in your spa water? While foam cannot harm you or your spa, it tends to be unattractive and annoying. Luckily, fixing this problem is not hard at all, although finding the source that is causing the foaming may take some time. We’ve listed some steps that you can take to stop your hot tub from excessively foaming below, depending on the cause.

    Rinse off in the shower before you enter the hot tub

    Products that you use on your hair and body can cause the water in your hot tub to become soapy and foamy. Try to thoroughly rinse out your hair and wash your body with water in the shower before you enter the hot tub, so that you remove all of the soap, lotion, sunscreen, shampoo, deodorant and hair gel from your body. If you have long hair, put it up into a ponytail or bun to ensure that no hair products enter the spa’s water.

    Do not wash your swimsuits with detergent

    If you use soap or detergent while washing your swimsuits, soap will end up in your hot tub. The soap will build up in your tub over time and cause the water to foam. You should wash your swimsuits often to keep the water clean, but try washing them with cool water and no soap or detergent. Even if you use a double rinse cycle, rinsing will never wash out all of the detergent from your swimsuit.

    Keep all food and drinks out of the hot tub

    Some food and drinks can cause the water in your tub to foam if you spill them in your hot tub. Try to eat and drink outside of the hot tub if possible. We do understand that drinking and eating a snack in the tub can be relaxing and fun though, so if you do choose to do this, then just try to be careful about spilling and clean up after yourself and others. Also, always make sure to use plastic instead of glass.

    Use high-quality chemicals and do not overuse them

    Buying cheap chemicals will cost you. They usually contain fillers that dilute chemical effectiveness and cause foaming. To keep your water safe, clear, and beautiful, you should buy high-quality chemicals from a trusted hot tub store. ThermoSpas has a great selection of high-quality chemicals available online.

    Even if you purchase high-quality chemicals, they can still cause your hot tub’s water to foam if you use too much. Make sure to follow the instructions on the chemical bottles to make sure that you are adding the correct amount to your hot tub water.

    Clean your hot tub and its filter

    After following all of the instructions above, make sure to drain your hot tub, thoroughly clean it, and add fresh water. This will ensure that your tub will have no leftover soap, lotion, drink, or chemical residue on it. You should make sure to replace your spa’s water every three to four months, as a high amount of dissolved solids in the water can cause foaming.

    Also make sure to clean out your filter at least every three weeks to get rid of residue that may cause excess foaming. To clean, simply remove the filter and spray it with a water hose until the water runs clear. This will help to ensure that the water in your tub runs clear too. Every two to three months, you should do a thorough cleaning of your filter, and every year, you should replace the filter.

    Use an anti-foam product

    If none of the steps above work to eliminate excess foam from your hot tub’s water, using an anti-foam product should do the trick. These products should cause the foam to disappear in a very short period of time. Our Spa Foam Away is an excellent solution to the problem of excess foaming. Make sure to only use a small dosage at a time, as this product uses a very high concentration of active ingredients.

  4. Using Hot Tub Water Test Strips

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    Using test strips in your hot tub is the best way to understand and analyze the chemistry of your water. Maintaining water chemistry not only ensures maximum enjoyment and chemical effectiveness but also helps to minimize bacteria.That’s why it is important to understand why we use test strips and how they work.

    Luckily, test strips are one of the simplest procedures for testing the chemical balance of your hot tub, and with a little instruction and practice, anyone can easily learn how to use test strips for their hot tub.

    Why Use Test Strips

    Testing your hot tub water is extremely important. The main reason we test our hot tub water is to analyze the chemical balance and determine if the properties are too alkaline or too acidic. The aim is to keep both acidic and alkaline at very even and safe levels. After we analyze the test strip, whatever properties are of concern, we are able to balance with the use of our chemicals.

    The Testing Procedure

    The procedure to test the chemical level of your hot tub is simple. For basic chemical sanitizers such as chlorine and bromine, you should plan to check your levels once a week. With any sanitizer or chemical you use, you should read all instructions and warnings on the bottle to fully understand how the chemical works and how to best maintain. As well, testing strips’ instructions can also vary in steps, so be sure to read instructions carefully.

    That said, the basic procedure to prepare your hot tub along with how testing strips function should be the same:

    • Start by allowing your spa water to circulate by using your bubbling system or jets for 1 to 2 minutes. Once you believe your water is properly circulated, use a clean plastic bucket to take a sample of the water.
    • Use your testing strip by dipping the test pad into the water, and let sit in water for about 15 seconds. Be careful as to where you place your fingers so you do not contaminate the test pad.
    • Remove the strip from the bucket and shake off any excess water still on the strip.
    • The strip’s pad will change in color. Compare this color to your bottle’s testing chart.
    • The testing chart will help you understand the chemical level of your water, if it be too acidic or alkaline.
    • Once you determined the chemical level of your water, you can adjust using appropriate chemicals.

    When adjusted, we recommend allowing at least an hour for your chemicals to calibrate. It is best to wait overnight before using your hot tub when adding new chemicals to the water.

    Remember, it’s okay if your hot tub’s chemical balance isn’t perfect. Bacteria tends to only develop after long term neglect. If you’re checking your water’s level once a week and doing your best to adjust appropriately, you can free your worry of causing serious health concerns with your hot tub.

    If you have more questions about testing your hot tub levels, or are interested in an easier way to test your waters, consider a Digital Tester, that delivers accurate levels or chemicals every time you test.