Can a Hot Tub Cover Be “Green”?

All this talk about going green, saving energy and saving the planet. As it relates to Hot Tub Covers, the most important thing we can do is to not create more waste that will just end up clogging our land fills. Consider this for a minute… There are 10 million spa owners in the USA, and each one of them uses a typical rigid foam hot tub cover on their hot tub. For the sake of this demonstration each foam cover is only two inches thick and every spa is eight feet by eight feet. That would mean each spa cover contained about 10.666 cubic feet of foam per spa cover. For the rest of this example we will use 10.5 cubic feet per cover.

If each hot tub cover on every spa becomes saturated within two years and needs to be replaced that would mean that we would be adding 52.5 million cubic feet of waste to our landfills in just hot tub covers every year.
If it takes two and a half covers worth of foam to make up one cubic yard that translates to 4 million cubic yards of waste added to our land fills every two years just in spa covers.
hot tub cover waste accumulates enough foam to build the Giza Pyramid every six years
There are 11 million Cubic yards of stone in the Great Pyramid at Giza, we are adding enough foam to build a duplicate in our landfills just from used hot tub covers every six years conservatively. There are four and a half million cubic yards of concrete in Hoover Dam. So we could clog a river with our discarded foam filled spa covers every two years. Or we could build a two lane highway of discarded foam filled spa covers from Seattle Washington to Miami Florida every two years.

Remember, for this example we were using a two inch thick foam spa cover. Most foam filled spa covers are not two inches thick anymore. If all those old foam covers were four inches thick all these calculations would be double. If they were tapered spa covers, say from six inches down to two, it still doubles the amount, so the highway or dam could be built every year instead of every two years.
But we are just being conservative so we want to stick with two inches thick. If we ripped the covers in half and laid those pieces end to end we could circle the earth at the equator on used spa covers every two years.

Heck with parking lots, in a few years we could pave the entire planet with foam just from saturated foam spa covers from the USA alone.

So what is the solution? Well, how about a better spa cover?. What if there were a spa cover that did a better job insulating, did not get saturated, heavy, break or blow away in the wind? Good news, you do not have to quit using your spa to save the earth. You just need to get a SpaCap Hot Tub Cover that does not use foam to insulate. There would be two major advantages to doing so. First the spa cover that did not use rigid foam to insulate would last longer. Since what always fails in the typical spa cover is the foam, either breaking or getting so saturated that you cannot lift it, a spa cover that did not use foam would tend to last longer.

Second, if the new type of spa cover does not use rigid foam it will also be a lot more friendly to the environment when it does come time to discard it. Less trash, less waste, less land fill, not that is what going green is all about.

SpaCap uses a patented design to solve all of the following:

  • As easy to use
  • Light Weight
  • Sheds Moisture
  • Won’t fly away
  • Won’t break under a snowload
  • Won’t be damaged by hail
  • Insulates Better
  • Sunbrella fabric rated by years not hours

Hot Tubs and Spas / Health Benefits

Occasionally, we find one of those life assets that are both good for you and enjoyable. Unlike your least favorite steamed greens, hot tubs are members of this rare category. Not only is a hot tub fun and relaxing, it also has a number of health benefits. Read on to learn more about the reasons soaking in a hot tub is good for your health.

  • Relaxation. For people with high stress lives, it’s important to take a break every once in a while. A good soak will soothe sore muscles, while the massaging jets reduce tension in the back and body. In addition, the buoyancy offered by hot tubs reduces the need to put pressure on any part of the body, which can also relieve built-up stress.
  • Arthritis relief. Buoyancy isn’t only good for stress. By reducing 90 percent of body weight through buoyancy, hot tubs take pressure off joints, which relieves the symptoms of joint disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and others. Regular sessions will also help joints remain flexible and strong.
  • Improved cardiovascular health. Heat from the tub produces an effect called vasodilation, or widening of the blood vessels, which improves circulation. The hot tubs warm water also produces an effect much like exercising by increasing the heart rate while decreasing blood pressure. They have a similar impact on individuals with type 2 diabetes and can help decrease blood sugar.
  • Better sleep. According to studies, soaking in hot tub water before bedtime can produce better sleep, especially in those who struggle to fall asleep or wake up throughout the night. Relaxing in hot water increases your inner temperature. When you exit the hot tub, your body’s thermostat will lower your temperature, which helps to induce sleep. For best results, try soaking for 15 to 90 minutes before you go to bed.

 

While using hot tubs can help improve our health, ensure you preserve the condition of your spa by getting the best spa cover on the planet from SpaCap.com!

Throw a Hot Tub Party

There’s no point in having a hot tub if you’re not going to use it. One great way to enjoy your hot tub to the fullest is to invite some good friends to share in the fun and relaxation. Let’s take a look at the 5 essential steps for throwing an incredible hot tub party.

Prepare for Everything

If there is one thing you can’t afford to have happen at a hot tub party, it’s having the hot tub break or malfunction. Before throwing a party, make sure to check all parts of your hot tub, ensure it’s in working condition, and gather supplies. You should keep extra towels on hand, a first aid kit, and other things you commonly use.

Check the Temperature

Prior to when your guests arrive, prepare the hot tub for the optimal temperature. Depending on your model, this could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. As a rule of thumb, it takes about half an hour to increase the temperature by one degree. The fastest way to heat it up is to leave the cover on.

Plan for Other Activities

While the hot tub may be the centerpiece of the party, you can’t realistically expect guests to stay in the hot tub for hours (plus, everyone won’t fit at one time). You need to plan other activities to keep people entertained and occupied. Set up a snack bar, dance floor, and yard games.

Set the Mood

As soon as guests arrive, you want to set the atmosphere. Build a music playlist, decorate accordingly, and think about things like seating arrangements and lighting.

Offer a Changing Room

When people are done with the hot tub, they may feel self-conscious about hanging out in their swimwear. To make sure everyone has a good time, offer a space for people to change into their clothing.

SpaCap

At SpaCap, we love entertaining. For a revolutionary hot tub cover that could change your perception of what hot tub covers should be, visit SpaCap.com.

Hot Tub Aromatherapy: 6 Favorite Scents

Hot Tub AromatherapyOne of the best aspects of owning a hot tub is the relaxation it provides. There’s nothing quite like a soothing dip to help sore muscles and ease stress. You can take the relaxation up a notch with these six aromatherapy scents, which are known to help reduce stress, calm irritability, improve mood, and more.

  • Rosemary.With its minty aroma and pleasing smell, rosemary is a preferred aromatherapy scent for many. It is believed to stimulate the brain, improve mental performance, and provide an energy boost. Combine the benefits of rosemary with the increased circulation from the hot water and you’ll leave feeling refreshed and invigorated.
  • Lemon. The scent of lemon has long been one of the most effective and preferred aromatherapy solutions. Benefits include improving memory, boosting energy, easing depression, and stimulating creativity. Known as an “uplifting aroma,” it’s good to always have lemon on hand.
  • Peppermint. Not only does peppermint smell great, but it also has amazing therapeutic properties. Peppermint oil is known for relieving mental fatigue, enhancing memory, and promoting alertness. This is one of the most popular aromatherapy scents.
  • Sandalwood.One of the most unique aromatherapy scents is sandalwood. This warm scent is used to promote relaxation, calm nerves, and reduce anxiety. Some claim it has spiritually enhancing properties.
  • Eucalyptus.Feeling under the weather? Eucalyptus is commonly used to open up the bronchial passages and sinuses. It’s also a powerful relaxant and can relieve headaches, mental fatigue, and other aches and pains.
  • Lavender.No list of aromatherapy scents is complete without lavender. This staple scent has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and calm the nerves.

 

SpaCap

At SpaCap, we believe your hot tub should be one of the most relaxing parts of your home. In addition to adding these six aromatherapy scents to your collection, consider the next generation of spa cover. Our SpaCap covers are  the most revolutionary hot tub covers on the market and will forever change the way you store and protect your hot tub.

Hot Tub Accessories for Safety and Fun

From the fun to the functional, what’s a hot tub without accessories? Whether it’s aromatherapy to enhance your hot tub experience or hammocks to encourage relaxation, the options are limitless. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the top hot tub accessories you never knew you needed.

Accessories You Need

Make your hot tub a more enjoyable investment by adding the following accessories to your collection:

 

  • Pillows and cushions.Your hot tub is supposed to be comfortable and relaxing, right? Well, that isn’t always the case after soaking for a few minutes. The hard seats and backing can be uncomfortable and often forces you to cut your time short. Thanks to spa pillows and cushions, you can sit comfortably for as long as you like.

 

  • Floating speakers. Who doesn’t love to listen to a little music while they relax in the hot tub? Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to operate an iPod or sound system near water. The solution? Floating speakers that are safe, waterproof, and sound great.

 

  • Spa fragrances.Love your hot tub but not a big fan of the chlorine smell? Spa fragrances are becoming quite popular and can be added to the water for a soothing, relaxing, and invigorating experience. Some fragrances are great for moisturizing the skin.

 

  • Spa steps. Safety should always be a consideration with your hot tub. For elderly adults and people with mobility issues, climbing up into the hot tub can be dangerous and precarious. Thankfully, there are products that make it easier and safer. Consider purchasing spa steps to reduce the likelihood of falls and other related injuries.

 

In addition to these four accessories, consider a replacement hot tub cover that will make owning your spa even better, the Next Generation of Spa Cover: SpaCap. This revolutionary cover is easy to remove, doesn’t break or saturate, never flies away, and stands up against the elements – including snow. For more information, visit SpaCap.com.

Hot Tub Maintenance 101

Owning a hot tub is one of life’s greatest exclusive pleasures – but the enjoyment will totally tank if your hot tub is full of bugs, mildew, or poor quality water. All hot tub owners should properly engage in hot tub maintenance to ensure sanitary use and reduce the risk of unsafe bathing. Hot tub maintenance is easy – especially when you use items you already have in your home.

 

  • Sanitize the water. Ensure your water is sanitized to prevent algae growth and to kill any bacteria your tub may be harboring. The best sanitizers for hot tub water are minerals like salt or copper which are much safer to use than chlorine or bromine which are caustic that can damage your skin or equipment; which one you use depends on your local water chemistry. We recommend Pristine Blue (copper) to all of our customers.Check up on your water sanitation every so often with a test strip, and oxidize every week or so to remove oils, hairsprays, and other chemicals that may have gotten in. To keep water cleaner longer, place a tennis ball in the skimmer or right into the water to attract oils and lotions and prevent them from entering the filters.
  • Clean the filters. By cleaning out your hot tub’s filters monthly, you’ll ensure your spa stays safe and hygienic. Take out the filters and spray with a high pressure water stream. If the filters show buildup of oils, soak them first in filter cleaner (or simple dish detergent) and warm water, and then spray and reattach.
  • Drain on schedule. Pool and hot tub cleaning experts assert the importance of draining the tub every three months. When the water is drained, cover the lower return inlets (we recommend regular household wares like panty hose) to prevent debris from recirculating. Do a thorough clean of the sides and bottom of the tub before refilling.

 

  • Cover it up. A hot tub cover will safeguard your tub from dirt, particles, and other debris. It will also help ensure safety, preventing young ones from falling in, as well as keeping heat from escaping. A hot tub cover is anything but optional, and a quality cover will last with regular cleaning. Naturally we would encourage you to use a SpaCap custom hot tub cover  on your spa. Every one we make is  built to last, will insulate better than a typical rigid foam cover plus it won’t break or get heavy.

 

With proper maintenance, your hot tub can provide enjoyment for years to come!

Where to Put Your Hot Tub

Hot Tub PlacementIf you’ve decided to get a hot tub, congratulations! You’re well on your way to many hours of long relaxation and enjoyment. Don’t forget to consider placement, however; where you put your hot tub will dictate your level of enjoyment for years to come. There are several factors to take into account when making this crucial decision.

  • Access. It may seem obvious but the long term enjoyment of your spa will be largely determined by how easy it is to get into and out of. Make sure you leave enough room around the spa to remove and replace the cover. Don’t shove the spa into a nook where you can only approach it from one side.

 

  • Indoors or outdoors? When choosing whether to place your tub inside the home or outside, consider the pros and cons of both options. If space isn’t a problem, an indoor hot tub benefits from minimized exposure to the elements, convenience, and privacy. Cons include tracking water outside the tub as well as potential draining or leakage problems damaging your home.When placing a hot tub outside, it will be exposed to outdoor debris, such as foliage, dirt, and insects. When not in use, it’s important to protect your tub with a quality cover. Leakage or drainage issues on the outside are usually less problematic than with an indoor tub, and there are many more placement options available if you decide to place it outdoors.
  • To Sink or Not To Sink. Many spa owners want to put the spa sunken into a deck. The idea being the spa will be easy to use. More accidental drownings involving small children occur in flush deck mounted spas. This goes down greatly if the spa is only partially sunken, bench high. It still makes it easy to get in and out and can make getting the cover off and on easy too.

 

  • Surface. A spa full of water will be heavy, so it needs to be placed on a structurally sound surface. This will support the weight of the tub, the water, and human occupants. Placing your hot tub on an uneven surface sets it up for damage and may void your warranty.

 

  • Drainage. Ensure your outdoor spa has proper drainage so any spillage or rainwater will not pool around it, causing potential damage.
  • Access to power. Ahead of time, plan for proper access to your circuit panels and power source to ensure adequate heating. A quality hot tub cover will keep heat inside.
  • Proximity to home. If it’s outdoors, your tub should be near your backdoor for convenience’s sake; no one wants to traipse across the yard in heavy rain or snow to access a hot tub. It should be close to a bathroom for changing and drying off, as well as to water spigots for filling. Close proximity to your home will also give you a better view of the yard.

Hot Tub Covers and Hail Damage

We get a lot of inquiries from spa owners that are replacing their Hot Tub Covers due to hail damage. Traditional rigid foam covers get hammered by hail because they don’t absorb impact very well. As people who live in areas of heavy hail storms know, anything rigid is going to take a pounding.

The solution to this would be something that is able to give or absorb impacts. In Hollywood when a stunt man falls from a great height, he wants to land on something that will absorb his impact like an air bag. The air bags the stunt man lands on are designed made from the same materials as the SpaCap.

Now the stunt air bag is designed to open and release air when it “catches” the stunt person so please don’t use your SpaCap this way. However if your house is on fire and you have to jump out of the window to save your life aiming for the SpaCap would probably save your life.

However you are a little bigger than the typical hail stone and the damage from you jumping on Hot Tub Covers would not be covered by the warranty. But no matter how fierce the storm or the hail stone the SpaCap will give or catch it without damage. We have tested it by driving golf balls into it, dropping bowling balls on them and just having them in use around the country in areas that get severe hail storms.

We do a brisk business replacing foam filled covers crushed after a storm but so far not even one of the SpaCap hot tub covers have ever been damaged by hail.

Hot Tub Covers and Sun Damage

Hot Tub Covers vs SunIf you own a hot tub in Texas, Arizona or at altitude in the Rockies you know what sun exposure can do to vinyl hot tub covers.

The reason is all vinyls are rated by hours outdoors. Normally 1500 hrs outdoors is pretty standard which amounts to about 100 days if you only count daylight hours. Makes it seem kind of silly to put vinyl on anything that’s going to be outdoors.

Vinyl will always crack and fall apart eventually if it is exposed to temperature extremes and or UV. That’s why Sunbrella™ was invented. It has been the gold standard in outdoor fabric for more than forty five years.

Sunbrella™ is manufactured by Glen Raven Mills here in the USA. Made from acrylic fiber woven into a canvas like fabric it offers the breathability of canvas without the shrinkage, rotting or fading. One of the great advantages of breathable fabric is that it does not trap moisture in like vinyl where it can grow mildew. If rigid foam hot tub covers smell like mildew, the vinyl on the outside is one of the reasons why. Since acrylic is the same stuff most spas are made of Sunbrella™ is incredibly durable.

Sunbrella™ doesn’t crack in cold like vinyl, or fade like canvas. If you live near a marina every boat top you see out there in a bright color is Sunbrella™. Anything else would fade out quickly, even the paint on the boat will fade before the Sunbrella™ will.Hot Tub Covers Sun Damaged

Years ago a neighbor came to me and wanted me to repair his sail cover. His sail cover had been on his sail boat for twelve years, through all the weather the northwest pacific coast could through at it. For those of you who don’t know sailing, the typical sail material needs to be protected from exposure when not in use so it is bundled and covered with a sail cover. The sail cover is the shield that covers the expensive sail from damage.

My neighbors sail cover was made from Sea Grass Green Sunbrella™ which is a bold, fairly bright green. I explained to him that if I patched the cover with new material it would look terrible because new bright material would stick out like a sore thumb on the faded older material. I laid a piece of new material on his old cover to prove my point.

To my astonishment the only difference between the two was his was a little dirty. Once it was cleaned and patched, there was no difference between the new fabric and the old even after constant exposure for twelve years. If your spa is outdoors and your tired of replacing spa covers due to sun damage you really need to get the only spa cover that is offered in Sunbrella™ fabric the SpaCap.

Hot Tub Safety

Hot Tub SafetyA hot tub or spa is a great way to relax, allowing the jets to soothe sore muscles and the warmth to envelop you. In particular, spa use during the winter months is one of the most enjoyable seasons for submerging the body in warm water. Read on for more information about Hot Tub Safety for all hot tub users.

 

The most common hazard of hot tubs, according to the CPSC, is drowning. Around 20% of drownings occur with children under five years old.

 

  • What to do: Hot tub owners should always keep the hot tub covered with a lockable cover when it’s not being used. Always keep kids away from the hot tub when an adult is not available to supervise.

 

  • Use a light weight cover: As odd as it sounds many Hot tub owners are injured or drowned under a heavy cover. When a typical foam cover becomes too much of a hassle to remove all the way off the spa, many owners just lean it back against a nearby wall. Unfortunately when the cover falls back onto the spa unexpectedly an injury to the head or neck can occur and in some instances cause drowning. This has never occurred even once in the last thirty years with a SpaCap air filled Hot Tub Cover.

Hair entanglement is another safety hazard. This happens when a hot tub user’s hair is sucked into the spa’s suction fitting, or is entrapped by the drain cover while water is drawn in. As a result, the CSPC has developed a standard for drain covers to reduce this risk; still, hot tub users should ensure safety.

 

  • What to do: Make sure your spa has proper drains and drain covers approved by updated security standards. Bathers with longer locks should always tie their hair up to further reduce the risk.

 

Many deaths have occurred as a result of water that is too hot. A high temperature can make you drowsy, which can result in falling asleep or passing out.

 

  • What to do: Keep the temperature of your hot tub at 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or less. If you are a pregnant woman, stay out of the heat, and be sure to keep kids under five away from hot water as well.

 

Finally, adults who drink alcohol while using a hot tub put themselves at major risk. Alcohol causes dehydration, which combined with the tub’s heat can lead to light-headedness, nausea, confusion, dizziness, and in the worst cases, coma or death.

 

  • What to do: Don’t drink before or during use of your spa.

 

By following the above tips when using your hot tub, you’ll ensure a safer, more relaxing time for all participants.