The Ozone Resource for Your Spa
Have you checked your ozone lately? Most spas built in the last ten years have an ozonator built-in but did you know that most all ozonators require replenishing or replacement once every 18-24 months? If you don't, you run the risk of catching something really nasty from your under-sanitized spa. Think of your spa water as a potential swamp that people climb in and out of leaving god knows what behind and you get the picture. HotTubWorks proudly features Del Ozone products for your spa. Del is the largest provider of new ozone generators to the spa industry so when you choose Del you are getting the best-made, most tested spa ozonator on the planet.
- Spa ozone is the most powerful oxidizer and disinfectant that can be safely used in spas. It kills all known bacteria, viruses, yeasts and a bunch of other stuff you don't want to talk about.
- Ozone offers an alternative to heavy doses of traditional chemicals such as bromine and chlorine and while it can't completely eliminate these chemicals, it can drastically reduce the required amounts.
- Ozone is a safe, proven technology. It leaves no chemical taste or smell, it is environmentally sound and it's gentle on your equipment. In fact, the only by-product of Ozone is pure oxygen.
- Ozone eliminates chloramines, the smelly, irritating, toxic by-product of chlorine.
- Ozone oxidizes (burns off) problem compounds often found in spas such as hydrogen sulfides, iron manganese and arsenic (yes, arsenic...just in case you don't get along with your neighbors).
- Ozone helps shock your spa to rid of oils and other organic compounds that combine to produce the dreaded Spa Scum Ring.
How does Ozone Work?
It's a little complicated but think of what happens when your no good low-life drunk Uncle Edger even gets near that immutable force of nature, your highly volatile Aunt Edna. Her very presence is enough to knock all the energy right out of him until he just sinks into a useless pile of muck. Edna is the Ozone and Uncle Edger is the virus/bacteria/slimeball you need to get rid of. It's kind of like that.
Ok, you want to know really? Don't say we didn't warn you. Ozone is an unstable compound generated by the exposure of oxygen molecules to a high energy electrical discharge. Oxygen molecules 0² are broken into two oxygen atoms 0¹. Each orphaned oxygen atom searches out another 0² molecule and attaches to it becoming 0³ (Ozone). An oxidation reaction occurs when there is a collision between an ozone molecule and a molecule of an ozidizable substance (bacteria, fungi, yeast, viruses, etc.). The extra molecule of oxygen breaks off and oxidizes (bursts) the bad guys while the remaining oxygen molecule moves on. Aren't you glad you asked? If you would like to learn still more about ozone (and who wouldn't?), please click on this link to get the informative booklet Ozone 101.
How is ozone produced?
Ozone is an unstable compound generated by the exposure of oxygen molecules to a high energy electrical discharge. But why should we tell you about this when we can show you? Click here to see a video from our friends at DEL Ozone on how Ozone is produced.
Why DEL Ozone?
At HotTubWorks, we sell Del Ozone products exclusively. Incorporated in 1975, Del Ozone is the world's leading supplier of ozone units in new spas. In fact, 80% of all spa manufacturers install DEL Ozone in their spas. Typically, spa manufacturers must reimburse their dealers for service call expenses. The fact that most manufacturers choose DEL Ozone should tell you something about DEL quality and reliability. Put another way, Del's warranty rate is a stunningly low 01%; Another reason we sell DEL is their proven, superior technology. Check out this comparison of ozone output between DEL and other, comparable units. The top two units are made by DEL Ozone, the others are not.
What kind of Ozone should I get?
There are two kinds of ozone generators. One uses UV (Ultra Violet light energy) and the other uses CD (Corona Discharge electrical energy). UV light mimics sunlight. Unfortunately, UV lamps produce a low output so we do not recommend UV ozone. On the other hand, CD energy is more like lightning, It is highly concentrated, uses less much energy than UV, is safe and is perfect for producing ozone in spas. Therefore, we recommend and sell DEL CD ozone only.
Is Ozone all I need to sanitize and keep my spa water clean?
The quick answer is "no" but you can eliminate much of your customary sanitizer and shock. If you combine your ozone with a mineral sanitizer like Spa Frog or Nature 2, you can use a fraction of the amounts of bromine/chlorine/biquinide you've been using. While not environmentally "perfect", this combination is the safest, most effective approach we have found for an environmentally sensitive spa sanitary system. There are some manufacturers who say you can get away with less but we beg to differ. The EPA has not approved ANY spa sanitary system that does not include at least some amount of Chlorine, Bromine or Biquinide. For those of you concerned about cutting chemicals, we recommend the Spa Frog Floating system as the most effective mate for your new ozonator.