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So you got yourself a new hot tub? Or maybe you have a new one being delivered soon? Now what?
The day you receive your new hot tub or swim spa was (or will be) an exciting, but hectic and chaotic day. There will be a lot of information to absorb in a short period of time and it's entirely normal to feel a bit overwhelmed which makes it hard to absorb the information being thrown at you. Thats' why we put together this little list of tips and tricks that can help you get ready for your new hot tub or swim spa.
If you haven't yet, I would suggest you start with our basic water chemistry to get a clear understanding of what you need to do with your water when you start up your new tub. This will give you a starting point and you should also bookmark this site because we have a ton of content for hot tub owners and we are adding new content every week.
So let's get to some tips and tricks to make your hot tub experience more enjoyable!
Learn how to set your filtration settings
If your new hot tub has a circulation pump,m this tip does not apply since it will filter 24 hours a day. However, if your hot tub does not have a circulation pump, you absolutely should learn how to set the filtration cycles on the tub. If you have a more advanced topside panel you will likely be able to set start and stop times but if you have a more basic panel, you will set just a filter duration such as F2 or F4. This means the hot tub will filter for that number of hours every twelve hours so F2 means 2 hours every 12. Typically you want to filter about 3 hours every 12 but you can increase this after a prty or other hot tub water issue.
Filter your water when filling your new hot tub, especially if you have well water
Well water (and even municipal water at times) can contain high levels of minerals that can cause your hot tub water to become discolored and make it difficult to balance properly. A high quality water filter such as the X-10 Filter will remove nearly all contaminants and heavy metals giving you pure, clean water to start with. These filters will filter about 10 thousand galons of water so it can fill a typical hot tub about 30 times meaning it will last 10-15 years with normal use. This makes it a great investment.
Keep your water at a constant temperature
Contrary to popular belief it is not a good idea to adjust the temperature of your hot tub to save energy. A hot tub heater works by cutting in and out as necessary - it is an on/off switch, not a volume type control so when you reduc e the temperature you are simply turning the heater off while the temperature drops from the current point top the set point. Then it will resume cutting in and out to maintain that temperature. The problem arises when you again increase the temperature to your desired setting. The heater will engage full-time to get the water heated again and you will lose all the advantage from turning it down and more! Adjust your temperature for your comfort and make small adjustments but don't make major changes to save money - you won't!
Wash bathing suits in warm water with no detergent
Foam can be an issue in any hot tub and it's usually caused by contamination or bacteria. However there is another cause of foam and that quite simply comes from the detergent used in washing bathing suits. Any detergent will leave residue in your clothing and when the clothing comes in contact with your hot tub water it will dissolve into the water and cause foaming. Since your hot tub water is (or should be) sanitary, there is no need to use detergents to wash the bathing suits you use in the hot tub. Jusr rinse them in warm water and let them dry.
Rinse filters once a week and deep clean them once a month
Hot tub filters should be rinsed and deep cleaned on a regular basis. Once a week you should remove the filter(s) from your hot tub or swim spa and rinse them with a garden hose. DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER! A pressure washer will destroy the fabric of the filter and make it ineffective. Simply rinse the filter by spraying the hose at an angle to rinse off the debrison the filter. Once a month you should deep clean your filters with a quality filter cleaner such as Spa Marvel Filter Cleaner to remove embedded debris. Once cleaned, rinse the filter and replace it in the hot tub. Click below for our video explaining filter cleaning in detail.
So there you have it. Five helpful tips to get you going with your new hot tub! Watch our video to see even more useful information as well as more in-depth explanation and a basic tutorial on hot tub water chemistry.