There are few things more pleasurable than having a dip in a hot tub on a cool evening. The steam that rises off that hot water is one of the most wonderful sights in the world. However, that warm water may hold hidden dangers. As entrancing as that water appears – the organisms that lurk below the surface can have a terrible effect on your health. Some of them can even be resistant to the usual spa treatments. An example if this is the bacteria Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC). It makes its home in surfaces like those found in hot tubs – and it is not easily washed away. It can lead to lung infections – and may even cause severe flu-like symptoms. But that is not the only health problem associated with spending time in a hot tub. Feeling itchy after a spa session may be the result of infection by a bacteria known as pseudomonas aeruginosa. That itch can transform into pus-filled blisters across the entire body. There are many other bacteria that make their homes on the water of hot tubs. The bacteria responsible for Legionnaires’ Disease are more than happy with the moist and warm environment of hot tubs – and pneumonia is often the result, but it can get far, far worse if not treated properly.
So are hot tubs bad for you? It depends on the type of hot tub experience you have. Hot tubs are a great refuge for those people who suffer from the stresses and strains of modern life. Soaking in a hot tub is a great way for tired muscles to relax and be rejuvenated for the work ahead. A good hot tub experience will allow people to recover from the stresses and strains of modern life. But, how can people get the benefits of a hot tub soak without the dangers of organisms that can cause health issues?
There may be a solution to avoiding these dangers – and that is through using salt water for sanitizing the water instead of chlorine. For everyone considering the installation of a hot tub, there are two choices – the first of these is the standard chlorinated option. This was for many years the default option for those who wanted to enjoy their own hot tub. Today the alternative of a saltwater hot tub is attracting many homeowners. There are many reasons for this – amongst the most important being the health benefits of saltwater. Bacteria find saltwater a hostile environment. Although chlorinated water is also a hostile environment for bacteria there are numerous types of these organisms that have become resistant to the effects of chlorine. Saltwater still provides the benefits of a spa experience – without the burden of bacteria.
A saltwater spa is also low maintenance – it simply does not require the daily care that a chlorinated hot tub requires. The choice is up to the individual hot tub owner of course. However, more and more people are turning towards saltwater as part of their hot tub experience. It does not have that chlorine smell, which makes it ideal for indoor use or in a space that is less well ventilated. Maintenance of that ideal spa-like experience is easier – and simply does not require the weekly attention that chlorinated hot tubs require. It also means that those pricey chemicals are not needed. And the idea that saltwater hot tub owners will be subjected to an ocean water like experience is simply not true. The concentration of salt in the hot tub is far less than seawater.
The main benefits of a salt water sanitation system for your hot tub are the following:
- The salt in the water makes the water softer, which has a different feel on the skin and also feels more “buoyant”.
- You get water that is free from chloramines, a potentially irritating byproduct that can be produced when chlorine reacts with other chemicals. This is especially helpful if you are sensitive to chloramines.
- A simplified maintenance schedule. While most owners don’t find it a problem to follow a consistent water care schedule, having a salt water hot tub greatly simplifies the amount of water care needed. Regular pH strip testing to monitor chemical levels will be a thing of the past.
- Less refills needed. A typical hot tub needs to be drained and refilled with fresh water every 3-4 months. Salt water systems can keep spa water clean for up to a year before needing to be refreshed.
If you are considering the purchase of one of our Coast Spa hot tubs then ask about our Ecoclean® Salt Water Generator option that is available on many of our spas. It could save you time & money – and has wonderful health benefits. It simply makes good sense.