Why are hot tubs so popular?
There is no better place to spend leisure time with friends and family than in a hot tub. Laughing, chatting, listening, and sharing – these were the family interactions that once were a daily ritual of the family dinner table. Today, we are pulled in so many different directions; we are asked for more time at work, at school, even at play. Your home spa can be your new meeting place – reconnect with your kids, your spouse and your self.
From our earliest memories, we are drawn to water – kids and water are a natural combination! Add warmth and water movement and hot tubbing becomes the stuff of lifetime memories. Our beautiful LED lighting and water features will give those curious and playful minds a healthy outlet, and will build an appreciation for taking time for relaxation. As a matter of fact, time in the hot tub brings out the kid in us all, and who couldn’t do with a little more fun? Smiles and laughter are standard features on every Arctic Spa.
Are hot tubs healthy?
Immersion in warm water dilates our blood vessels, dramatically increasing blood flow to our tissues. This remarkable process forms the basis for many of the benefits of time spent in a hot tub.
Pain Relief: The buoyancy provided by water offers a great relief to those who suffer from chronic or injury-related skeletal discomfort. Chronic back pain can be relieved by removing the full load of gravity from the spinal column while immersed in warm water and increases activation of “feel good” neurotransmitters. This effect can be magnified by the massaging action of water jets and by ergonomic seating.
Natural Detoxification: Let’s face it – hot tubs are hot. As our bodies attempt to maintain a steady internal temperature, our natural coolant, perspiration, flushes out many of the toxins and other undesirable compounds that we accumulate. In the face of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, natural detoxification is at a premium.
Relaxation: Science aside, the most important benefit of time in a hot tub is the state of relaxation that’s a part of every soak. In a world that heaps stress on us all, a hot tub is a respite from the storm. We can recharge our mental batteries, and emerge from the water rejuvenated.
Are Hot Tubs Bad For The Environment?
Leaving a smaller environmental impact is not a destination but an ongoing journey, and Arctic Spas is committed to constantly making steps that further this cause. At the heart of our strategy is the reduced environmental impact of each of our hot tubs as it operates year after year in your backyard. By using less electrical energy everyday, in every backyard, we strive to provide not only a reduced environmental footprint, but an economic benefit for our customers.
Some other green initiatives we are involved with:
•Not only has Arctic Spas met all current energy efficiency legislation across the globe, but we have taken a leadership role, and have lobbied for more rigorous regulation and legislation of energy efficient requirements for the future. By raising the bar we are challenging our own organization and our industry to spend the time and resources to make efficiency a priority.
•Creatively looking at new ways to insulate better. Insulation is a key component in operating efficiency, particularly in cold weather climates. Our FreeHeat Insulation system is the platform that we will evolve and refine and we will continue to progressively develop our spa cover systems as well.
•We are constantly looking to improve water quality through technology, thereby reducing the amount of chemical that must be added to spa water to keep it safe and clean. Our advanced filtration systems physically remove many of the contaminants that other technology leaves behind to be chemically treated, and our continued development of the Onzen Salt Water system will drastically reduce the amount of sanitizing product that is required over the lifetime of our spas.
•We have partnered with PEFC for the ethical and responsible management of the forest areas that produce wood product for our spas. Through this partnership we are working to provide beautiful and functional cedar cabinets from highly sustainable sources.
How should I prepare before shopping for a hot tub?
First of all, you should prepare yourself for a lot of different theories and views about each brand. There are varying schools of thought on the best way to build a hot tub. You need to listen carefully to these reasons about why to buy that particular product. Listen to the salesperson, but allow your common sense to be your guide. Arm yourself with questions that are important to you, bring a pad and pencil and make sure you get the answers. Don’t be afraid to interrupt during a sales presentation if you didn’t understand something and remember to use your common sense.
It’s kind of like buying a car. Be prepared to walk away if you don’t think you are getting the exact product you want or the best possible deal. There are a lot of variations and choices so a little homework can pay off.
What should I look for in a hot tub?
Always look for quality. You can find (or not find ) quality in every area of a spa. Here is a brief checklist:
- Does it have a full floor? If yes, that is good, but is it pressure treated wood, fibreglass or a thin plastic sheet? (Fibreglass is the best).
- How thick is the cabinet? Some are very thin and poorly made. This is part of the structure and insulation barrier, it should be well built.
- How is the spa insulated? Most spas on the market are what’s commonly called foam filled, meaning the entire cabinet interior is filled with foam insulation. This is a flawed design. The density of the foam may vary but they all operate on the same principle. The problem with this design, we feel, is the fact that there is no access to any of the plumbing under the shell, not to mention leaving all your expensive equipment to the mercy of Mother Nature. You see, with your pumps, heaters etc. on the wrong side of the insulation, they will not be protected during a power outage or in extreme temperatures. We all know that heat travels upwards so why is it so important to have so much insulation down below? We know, most manufacturers are using the foam to support flimsy spa shells. What we do at Arctic Spas, is insulate our floor and walls with a high density foam insulation and do not foam our spa shell. This allows us to utilize the heat generated naturally by the motors to help heat your spa water. We also have access to everything underneath the “hood”. Would you buy a new vehicle if the hood was welded shut? The most vital place to have insulation in your home is in the walls and the attic, not underneath. Ask yourself how many spas you plan on purchasing over the next 20-25 years. Is your answer, one? So let’s make sure we can access the plumbing for future problems 10-20 years from now or, more importantly for future upgrades when the new “gotta have it” spa technology comes out.
The Arctic Spas Way *waste heat is trapped and recycled through spa shell back to the water
Foam On Shell: BUYER BEWARE! *waste heat is blocked by shell insulation and is not recycled
Foam Filled: BUYER BEWARE! *waste heat is blocked by insulation and cannot be recycled PLUS how do you fix components buried in foam???
- What are the capabilities of the jets? Do they turn on and off individually? Do they adjust and can you remove them for service?
- What type of covers are there? Remember that heat rises and the most important place to insulate your home, as well as a spa, is on top. Most manufacturers offer a standard 7cm flat cover or a 10cm x 2cm tapered top. At Arctic Spas we offer the thickest most durable cover in the industry. Our covers are a 13cm x 10cm tapered cover that has a foam core sealed in a foil material similar to a coffee bag, and they come with a 3 year warranty. A cover will not last as long as the spas so make sure that you purchase a cover that’s going to withstand snow loads, heavy pets, children and repels moisture. Covers cost between £300.00 – £900.00 so make a wise decision and save money on electricity and future replacement covers.
- What’s the warranty? Be very careful here! Many manufacturers warranties are very creatively written using fine print to their advantage. Most warranties are pro-rated, use deductibles or have a standard flat fee before charging you for parts and labor. Always ask for copies of the fine print warranties before signing a deal and study them carefully.
Do I need to pour a concrete pad or deck?
Probably not if you choose to buy an Arctic Spa brand hot tub!
Most spas on the market today do not have a full structurally sound floor on them, and do require a slab to be poured. Many warranties will be voided if your spa does not have this support beneath. All Arctic Spas have full structural floors and only require a firm level surface. Arctic Spas come standard with a pressure treated pedestal floor which allows you the luxury of using sidewalk blocks or patio stones as well as an existing patio etc. There is also an optional Forever Floor available on an Arctic Spa. This floor is constructed of high pressure stamped fibreglass and gives you the option of placing the hot tub on the grass or level section of your yard.
How do we get the hot tub into my garden?
Typically, Arctic Spa dealers deliver your spa on its end using a pneumatic-tire dolly and, in most deliveries, roll it in through the gate. A standard opening, after the gate has been removed, is 100cm wide. Some spas are up to 104cm wide, so make sure to go out and measure to ensure your opening is wide enough. Otherwise, we’ll look at other options such as removing a section of fence or hiring a small crane.
What do I need to do to prepare the area for the hot tub?
You need a level surface. This surface has to be firm and solid to prevent uneven settling that can damage the hot tub. Most hot tub warranties require a 10cm reinforced concrete pad, but not Arctic. With an Arctic spa, the base preparation is quite simple. You just need to be sure that the site is sufficiently firm and level. Our spas have an optional fiberglass “Forever Floor” that gives you the option of placing the spa on the lawn or even right on the ground.
Can I put my hot tub on my deck? Could I sink it in my deck?
Yes & Yes. Placing a hot tub on a deck is very possible assuming it can safely hold it’s weight. Ask your salesperson for the dry weight of the tub, dimensions and water capacity or you can look it up in the manual. Incorporating a hot tub into a deck is common. A couple of things to take into account are making sure there is access to the equipment and remember an Arctic has access doors on each side of the spa. Cut a hole roughly 45cm wider all the way around the tub. Then use pull out type panels that match the decking to fill in these areas. Remember that you may not always be in this home and will either have to leave the spa behind or cover the hole. It is much safer to “countersink” the tub rather than have the decking come right up to the lip. It’s much easier to enter and exit a spa while sitting on the lip and swinging your legs over than to step down into the water.
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