Having a hot tub has long been one of the greatest at-home luxuries, but these days, hot tubs are more accessible than ever. Hot tub swim spas take things a few steps further with an added group of advantages. Here is a look at some of the things most people want to know about hot tub swim spas:
What exactly is a hot tub swim spa?
A hot tub swim spa is the combination of a hot tub and a swim spa. The hot tub, of course, offers a heated tub for relaxing and soaking, and usually has a series of jets and bubblers for therapeutic massage. The swim spa is like a small pool that has strong currents that push through the water so you can swim through the water even though you are staying pretty much in one place. Hot tubs are known for their therapeutic and relaxing benefits, and swim spas are primarily used for exercise, so the combination of the two gives you the best of both worlds. You get a small swimming pool and a relaxing hot tub in one.
Are hot tub swim spas hard to maintain?
Hot tub swim spas are not hard to maintain, even though it is a common misconception that they are harder to maintain because they have a few additional features. Most of them require about the same level of maintenance and care as a hot tub. Some of the common maintenance requirements with these units will include the following:
In general, it is also good if you have your hot tub swim spa serviced by a professional once a year.
Do you leave water in the spa all year?
One of the great things about the heated swim spa is that water can stay in it year-round and the spa can be used in all seasons. Since the water is heated, there is no danger of the water freezing when the temperatures drop outdoors during the winter. You can keep a thermal cover over the spa, just like you do with a hot tub, to help retain heat and keep the costs of heating the pool at a minimum. Most people find that having an all-season swim spa is really enjoyable.