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    Why a Hot Tub; Why Now; Why a Hot Spring Spa

    Posted in Energy Efficiency,Health Benefits,Spas by hotspringd on the October 17th, 2010

    WHY A HOT TUB?

    The benefits of hot water hydrotherapy can hardly be argued. The use of hot water therapy goes all the way back to the early Romans when they used the hot water in common baths for therapy and relaxation.

    This has been further justified by the medical use of hot water therapy for muscle, joint and athletic applications. Many a physician has also recommmended and even prescribed hot water therapy for stress, sleep disorders, arthritis, fybromyalgiaand many other ailments.

    It has only been during the last few decades that this type of therapy has become readily available to the public in the form of residential hot tubs.  Now take take this wrong, this is not new, it is that the industry has only of late designed and perfected new features that has made the hot tubs truely a device that provides unparalleled hot water therapy and now withe features that minimize the efforts needed to maintain those hot tubs.

    SO why NOT invest in a hot tub that provides all those benefits for all of us who struggle with the challenges that are thrown our way every day?

    WHY NOW

    No one can argue with the fact that the challenges that we face today are at levels never experienced before.  With the increases in our daily challenges, many are faced with increased stress which in turn can lead to many physical and non-physical ailments.

    But with the never-ending push to be conservative with our budgets, it has become increasingly difficult to justify the expenditure for a hot tub often times because such a purchase would be considered a luxury.  However, when the numerous benefits that are provided by a hot tub are considered, many might feel that a hot tub is NOT a luxury but more of a “health and wellness” necessity.

    Let’s consider for a moment the person who is riddled with arthritis and who’s ability to walk is limited only to that asisted by mechanic means, eg with a walker.  The pain that invades their bodies on a regular basis can only be controlled either by the use of harsh, expensive medicines or with the regular use of a hot tub.  In this case, the hot tub is certainly NOT a luxury!

    How about the otherwise healthy ageing individual who discovers a new pain about every day and excepts the fact that this simply comes with age.  If that person learns to cope with those pains with the regular use of a hot tub – is that a luxury?

     Or even the person who has trouble falling asleep at night because of the stress of the times.  When they opt to use a hot tub on a regular basis in leu of a traditional drug that in many cases can become habit forming, is that a luxury?

    I think that you can see in all of these cases the choice to “treat” yourself with hot water therapy is certainly a “health and wellness” choice NOT a luxury choice!

    Times have changed.  The big party hot tub of the past is truely a picture of the past. Most hot tub customers in the earlier days were just that – “I want the biggest, badest hot tub with all the goodies on it!”  That fad has past and the trend has turned towards smaller, more personal hot tubs to address the stress reduction needs of today.

    So why now – because we need them now more then ever to relieve our stress, to soothe our aches and pains, to help us sleep and to help us achieve a better quality of life!

    Why a Hot Spring Spa?

    Hot Spring Spas have lead the hot tub industry for almost 35 years.  They have developed many of the industries firsts that have now become the standard in the industry.

    Taking acre not to be tempted to follow the fads, they have continued to develop features that truely have a lasting benefit to the customer.  They understand the “reality of daily use” of a hot tub and they continue to develop features that address those needs.

    They understand the importance of creating a quality product that performs day in and day out.  They understand the importance of low operating costs and all of their spas are built on that energy efficient platform.  They know how important jet variety is as compared to simply putting more of the same types of jets in a hot tub.  And they understand the importance of building a hot tub that is virtually maintenace free relieving you of the task of adding harsh chemicals to your hot tub on a regular basis – chemicals that that can not only effect you but also the environment.

    Hot Spring Spas has also realized the importance of costs with respect to the customer’s inital investment.  It has never been more important then it is today. WIth that in mind, they designed a new line of “value added” hot tubs at a price that can fit everyone’s budget.

    So let’s learn something from those whom we have followed and utilize hot water therapy as a necessity NOT a luxury.  The challenges we all face today are possibly greater than the have ever been in the past and the need for hot water therapy is also at it’s peak.

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    What are the benefits of ACE and how does it work?

    Posted in Energy Efficiency,Health Benefits,Spas by hotspringd on the January 30th, 2010

    Benefits

    The ACE system is an advanced salt water chlorine generating system designed specifically for the Hot Spring Spa.  The benefits of a salt water chlorine generating system over and above the obvious (less work to maintain your water chemistry)  is that the ACE system does NOT depend on expensive , harsh chemicals like chlorine, bromine or other man-made santiziers but rather salt, a much cheaper commodity.  With the ACE system, the soakers do not have to worry about green hair, itchy eyes or skin problems, or storing large quantities of harmful chemicals.  While pH levels still need to be tested, there is less work involved in maintaining an ACE spa versus a spa treated with traditional chemicls.

    How does it work?

    Natural non-iodized salt (sodium chloride) is added to the hot tub water.  The salt is comprised of two elements – Chloride and sodium.  The ACE system has a cell that is installed within the hot tubs 24 hour filtration system that houses and special electrolytic cell.  As the water is pulled acrossed the cell, it electrifies the salt water, producing a simple, natural form of chlorine.  This system is also checking the salt water levels of the hot tub to insure that the levels are not too high or too low.  If either case occurs, a warning icon will displayed to alert the owner tha some minor adjustments need to be made.

    Chlorine Cycle

    This freshly chlorinated water is circulated into the hot tub so its sanitizing properties can kill bacteria and viruses.  The cell also produces an effective oxidizer cleaning the water and giving it a pristine apperience.  Eventually the natuarl form of chlorine is used up and reverts back to salt’s original two elements.  The ACE system is a closed loop system therefore once the chlorine is reverted back to salt, it is available once again to generate more chlorine.

    Additional Chemicals and Maintenance

    The ACE system is effective with virtually any water supply.  After the initial fill, the owner simply adjusts the waters calcium levels, pH levels adds salt, tells the system the level at which the hot tub will be used and its size and the ACE is off and running.  An occassional test of the pH levels and a monthly confirmation of the hot tubs usage is all that is needed.

    The cell may need an occasional cleaning which is easily done with vinegar on the side of the hot tub.

       

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    Watkins Manufacturing Earns First European ENVY Award

    Posted in Energy Efficiency by admin on the April 25th, 2008

    Watkins Manufacturing Earns First European ENVY Award for Energy-Efficient Hot Spring Spa
    Vista, CA- Watkins Manufacturing, maker of Hot Spring® Spas – a top-selling worldwide brand – has received the first-ever European ENVY Award for its outstanding efforts in environment-friendly hot tub design.

    Vista-based Watkins provided a Sovereign® spa for testing in realistic outside conditions by the INDESIGN Institute for Innovative Design, a research-and-development institute near Munich, Germany. The Sovereign spa was installed at a demonstration home operated by INDESIGN partner DemoDomo. DemoDomo serves as a platform to demonstrate, test and develop innovative and energy-efficient products.

    From December 2007 to February 2008, INDESIGN tested Hot Spring’s Sovereign spa continuously for energy efficiency in cycles of 72 consecutive hours. The spa was found to be well within the maximum standby energy consumption set by the California Energy Commission.

    Its name an acronym for “environment-friendly,” the ENVY Award recognizes Watkins Manufacturing for:
    Creating trendsetting, energy-smart spas

    Using energy-efficient spa components

    Participating in frequent product testing carried out by independent third parties
    Assuring that all spa owners and prospective buyers have access to valid energy-performance documentation

    Supporting international R&D to further develop green initiatives and increase energy efficiency
    “Hot Spring Spas decided to actively join this project as a primary cooperating partner because company management is open to new ideas and suggestions,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Beerschwinger, founder and director of INDESIGN.

    “They take energy efficiency very seriously in the manufacturing process and consumer use of their spas. Our exhaustive investigation of spa efficiencies reported in several tests has proven Hot Spring is a leader in energy efficiency.”

    Steve Hammock, President of Watkins Manufacturing, accepted the award from Beerschwinger on March 19 at company headquarters in Vista, Calif.

    “We’re honored to be the first recipient of this impressive award,” Hammock said. “It is an affirmation of our commitment to energy conservation and building ‘green’ spas.”

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