Hot tubs FAQs
Q. What’s the difference between a spa and a hot tub?
A. Nowadays, the terms hot tub and spa are used interchangeably. It
used to be that “spa” referred to a heated tub with jets,
usually made from acrylic. A “hot tub” was a wooden tank,
filled with water, heated and equipped with jets. Acrylic tubs became
much more popular because they are easier to maintain and feature a
Q. What’s the difference between a portable spa and a
A. A portable spa is simply any spa that is not built into the ground.
So, if you’re shopping for a spa in a showroom, you’re shopping
for a portable spa. In-ground spas are rare these days because they
are generally more expensive and difficult to install and maintain than
Q. How can I cut energy costs while running my hot tub?
A. The best way to save some money on electricity is a quality spa
cover. The vast majority of heat escapes upward. When a hot tub loses
heat, the heater works overtime and utility bills rise. Generally, the
thicker a spa cover is, the better it will work.
Q. What kinds of chemicals will I need to use in my spa?
A. Chemicals are a vital part of hot tub maintenance. In order to keep
your hot tub clean, safe and functioning properly you will need:
• Sanitizers- To disinfect and purify spa water.
• Shock- To break down oils and organic matter
• Balancing Chemicals- To adjust and maintain pH and TA levels.
• Cleaners- To keep your tub, cover and filters looking and working
The actual chemicals used in these products vary widely but their purpose
remains the same.