You’ve heard of saltwater pools, but do you know about saltwater hot tubs? While both traditional and saltwater spas provide the same relaxing soak, there are a few key differences. Not only in the way the hot tubs operate, but also in how you care for them. In this blog, we’ll run through the basics of saltwater hot tubs, and help you answer the question, “is a saltwater hot tub right for you?”
Lower Maintenance – This is undoubtedly one of the most attractive things about saltwater spas. Using salt and a salt-chlorine generator, they produce chlorine naturally … no adding chlorine or bromine to your water. Best of all, saltwater stays sanitized longer. You’ll spend less time (and money) balancing your water. Saltwater spas don’t need to be tested daily and you can go a lot longer without draining, cleaning, and refilling your hot tub. This can be a game-changer for those who want a hot tub but are hesitant to take on water care and maintenance.
Less Chlorine Odor – While saltwater spas generate their own chlorine, the chlorine smell is much milder. If your eyes or skin are sensitive to chlorine, a saltwater spa could be the perfect option. It’s easier for swimwear, too.
Pain Relief – Saltwater spas provide the same respite from aches and pains that a traditional hot tub does. Plus, they may also provide an additional benefit for swollen joints and muscles. The salt within the water draws out moisture beneath the skin, thereby reducing swelling. This makes it a great choice for those with conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Softer Water – Sink into a saltwater hot tub and you’ll notice the water feels different. People often describe the water as silky, and this texture adds another level of relaxation to the experience. In addition, saltwater gives you more buoyancy in the water.
Sensitive Skin and Eyes Approved – While saltwater spas generate their own chlorine, the chlorine smell is much milder. If your eyes or skin are sensitive to chlorine, a saltwater spa could be the perfect option. It’s easier for swimwear, too.
Water Temperature – Saltwater hot tubs have to be kept above 68°F to process the salt properly. For many people, this is no challenge, as they keep their hot tub, well, hot! However, there are those who enjoy using a spa at a lower temperature, more like a small pool but with jets. If you are one such person, keep an eye on the temperature of your spa, and you’ll be fine.
Cost – Getting started with a saltwater system does require a bigger upfront investment. It can be argued, however, that this setup cost is offset by the lesser ongoing maintenance costs.
Possibility of Corrosion – As long as you keep your salt levels within the acceptable range, about 2lbs per 100 gallons of water or 2500-3000 ppm, corrosion isn’t a problem. That being said, life happens. In the event that your spa becomes too salty, it will only be a threat to the metal parts within your hot tub. To help prevent damage on the off chance that an ‘over-salting’ occurs, there are seals that can be purchased to protect your hot tub.
Is a saltwater hot tub right for you? Give us a call! Saltwater or traditional, we’d love to help you find your ideal spa.