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Archive for May, 2011

Green Hot Tub Covers

May 26th, 2011 by

custom-spa-coversGreat article on Hot Tub Covers saving energy. A good spa cover can save up to 75% of water loss and cut operation costs down 50%.

Because of the costly expenses that arise from owning, running and maintaining a spa or hot tub, it helps to have a quality spa cover. With an easy to operate vinyl cover, you can significantly reduce your energy consumption. This is because such spa covers and hot tub covers enable you to enjoy reduced water heating times which will help you save on power costs, while also ensuring that your spa remains protected from the elements.

The great news is that you don’t have to quit using your spa altogether in order to do your part in taking care of the planet. Our hot tub covers tend to be much more eco-friendly when the time comes to discard them. As such, opting for such a cover will enable you to reduce your trash, waste and consequently your contribution to landfills.

With a quality spa cover, you will also be able to reduce evaporation thereby saving up to 75% on the water you use. Such spa covers also come with padded seals which enable you to minimize the amount of heat loss from your unit. The covers also help to keep your unit clean from debris that could fall inside. Another reason for choosing a good quality spa cover is that this will help you to significantly boost the safety of children or pets while near the spa or hot tub.

A top quality spa cover or hot tub cover will also prolong the lifespan of your spa or hot tub. Some of the features to look for in top quality spa covers and hot tub covers include rust proof zips, double stitching and padded seals. With a durable spa cover, you are also able to do your bit in reducing landfill waste that emanates from replaced spa parts, as you will be able to use your spa for a longer time before you need to replace any of its parts. You can then enjoy your spa or hot tub with the knowledge that your carbon footprint has been significantly reduced.

For more information on where to obtain quality spa covers and hot tub covers, please visit http://www.hottubworks.com today.

 

Back Pain and Hot Tubs

May 20th, 2011 by

I played competitive tennis in high school and college. I injured by back playing and training and have had severe back pain since for almost 15 years and have not been able to play since.

About 2 years ago I had reached my breaking point and just could not tolerate the pain and discomfort anymore. I had to walk with my head down constantly scanning the ground to avoid unlevel areas and curbs, since they would really aggravate my back and sometimes floor me. Walking up and down handicap ramps was a way of life for me. I went to my MD to get it checked out and hear the dreaded news.

They took x-rays and an MRI. They told me I had 3 compressed and bulging discs. One had burst and was so flat there was less than 1ml of disc left. The bones in my spine were so close together that they were pressing on a nerve and causing the pain and immobility. The doctor gave me some pain medications and a referral to a specialist. The specialist suggested surgery, but the surgery is not guaranteed to work, in fact, it could make the problem worse.

I felt I had to find other options, so during my hunt I came across a brochure for spinal decompression therapy. It is a treatment process that targets the specific damaged discs and attempts to place the body in the position to repair the discs. They do not guarantee results either, but they have had many successful results from previous patients.

I figured I would try it and if it didn’t work, well, I’m back to opting for surgery or looking for other options. The process starts out with heat treatment, then decompression, then electrotherapy, then massage. You must drink plenty of water and be fully hydrated for the process to work.

The decompression is quite an experience. You are strapped to a machine at the torso. You are then strapped to a bench and the machine angles itself to isolate the disc to be treated. The machine slowly pulls and releases your torso and the disc space. Pulling the disc space apart creates a vacuum and forces fluid back into the disc space.

After enough treatments, the fluid will remain in the disc space and the disc itself will seal with the fluid inside. This will keep the bones apart and prevent them from pressing or pinching the nerves. A treatment takes about 1-1/2 hours. After about a year and close to 50 treatments, I now feel great and have had no problems with my back or treatments for over 7 months.

I definitely had my ups and downs during the process. At about the 20th treatment, I wasn’t getting any better and had pretty much lost hope of it working on me. I stuck to it though and a week or two later, I slowly started feeling better.

I now play tennis at least twice a week and feel great. In fact, I just became a certified teaching professional with the USPTA and plan on teaching lessons over the summer! If my back stiffens up, all I really need now is a good soak in my hot tub.

If you would like to know more about spinal decompression therapy, you can look them up on the web at www.nospinesurgery.com.

Brian

Are Hot Tubs Safe for People with Hypertension?

May 17th, 2011 by

Are hot tubs safe for those with high blood pressure?

Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology and the Cardiovascular Risk Factor Reduction Unit, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

hypertensionBACKGROUND:

People with hypertension are commonly warned to check with a physician before using a hot tub, but there is little literature on which to base this advice. We compared symptoms, heart rate, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure in response to 10 minutes of hot-tub immersion in a group of patients with treated hypertension and in a control group normotensive subjects.

METHODS:

We recruited 21 patients (18 men and 3 women aged 43-76 years) with stable, treated hypertension and 23 control subjects (14 men and 9 women aged 19-83 years) without hypertension. They were studied, in mid-afternoon, at a public facility. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate were measured at baseline, during immersion in a hot tub at 40 degrees C and for 10 minutes after immersion. We asked each subject to report any symptoms.

RESULTS:

None of the subjects reported dizziness, chest pain or palpitations. During immersion, systolic blood pressure fell in both groups, from a mean (and standard deviation [SD]) of 144 (17) mm Hg to 122 (18) mm Hg in the hypertensive group (p < 0.05) and from 130 (14) mm Hg to 110 (17) mm Hg in the control group (p < 0.05). It returned toward baseline within 10 minutes after the subjects left the hot tub. Diastolic blood pressure also fell, whereas heart rate was increased in both groups. The hypertensive group showed a slightly lower maximal increase in heart rate than the normotensive group (5 [SD 5] v. 13 [SD 10] beats/minute, p < 0.05).

INTERPRETATION:

Immersion in a hot tub for 10 minutes lowers blood pressure in subjects with treated hypertension, but no more than in normotensive control subjects. Spending 10 minutes in a hot tub should be safe for most treated hypertensive patients.

PMID:
14662661
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID: PMC280579

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Silly Hot Tub Cover Warning Labels

May 17th, 2011 by

warning-1Well I’m not surprised that hot tub covers labeling made the list of the annual,

2011 Wacky Warning Labels Contest Finalists!

The finalists have been selected – and they’re crazier than ever!  The 14th annual Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest, which reaches tens of millions of Americans each year, entertains and alarms the nation about the lawsuit-happy culture and the lengths to which companies must go to avoid lawsuits.

The three national winners will be chosen in mid-June and the people who nominated the winning labels will receive cash prizes.

One hot tub cover had the following label statement – “Avoid drowning. Remove safety cover from spa when in use” on a hot tub cover.

Among the other finalist are:

Pens - warning against chewing.

Bikes – stating the riders are professionals despite the image showing kids with training wheels.

Gas Masks – stating they do not supply oxygen.

If you want to vote you can by going to http://www.centerforamerica.org/.

I voted for the hot tub cover because I couldn’t resist.

 

Noisy Hot Tubs

May 16th, 2011 by
Noisy Hot Tubs can be a real bummer.  I know I had one outside my bedroom a long time ago.  Good news is most quality hot tubs do not make a lot of noise today.
A Genesee Avenue resident called police at 12:57 a.m. May 6 because a neighbor’s hot tub kept coming on every few minutes and keeping her awake, even with the windows closed. Police talked to the hot tub’s owner and it was shut off for the night.

 

A few things you do to avoid the noises associated with a hot tub or spa.

  1. Buy a spa with 24 circulation system and full foam insulation.
  2. Buy a spa which allows you to set the filter cycle timing (Artesian Spas, Sundance Spas, Jacuzzi, and many others).
  3. A quality spa cover muffles the noise greatly and keeps the operation costs down.

Do these few things and you’ll never be awakened by your spa.

Enjoy………..

My Grandpa John Peloso

May 16th, 2011 by

funeral-flowers-2One of the most confusing and roughest times for us in life is dealing with death. Unfortunately it’s inevitable for everyone and I recently experienced it with the passing of my grandfather on 5/10/2011.

I appreciate all the support that everyone has been giving me at work and all the support of my friends and family. Because of that I am able to come to work and put a smile on my face.

One of the greatest things about my grandpa is his personality. He loved to talk to new people and he welcomed everyone into our family. Maybe that he is the reason that I am in customer service now. I know that he will be looking down on me and helping me along my way and I am just glad for those times that we spent together.

This blog post is dedicated to you, Grandpa ~

~Nick

Hot Tub Drowning

May 12th, 2011 by

This short story is about a Fire Fighter that was intoxicated and drowned in a hot tub at friends house.  Sad story.

Locking the spa cover saves lives. Not using a spa when intoxicated also does.

According to the Evansville Police Department incident report, the home’s residents, unidentified in the report, invited victim over Sunday to give him some home furnishings, and the victim stayed for a swim party.

According to the report, the husband told police the victim started drinking alcohol at 2 p.m.

About 7 p.m., the wife told her husband the victim appeared very intoxicated. The couple brought him inside and had him lay down in a guest room.

About 9 p.m., the husband said he checked on the victim because he heard stumbling. He reportedly helped the victim to the bathroom and heard him rummaging through the medicine cabinet.

The husband told police he then went in the bathroom and took some generic antihistamine from victim and made him lay down.

About midnight Monday the husband said he heard noise in his backyard but didn’t see anyone outside.

The husband said about 5:50 a.m. he went to pick up trash from the party and noticed the hot tub cover was folded back. He lifted the cover and found the victim lying face up just underneath the surface of the water.

The couple called 911 before moving him to the edge of the hot tub.

Police said the victim appeared to have been dead for several hours.

“It appears to be an accident,” said Groves. “But I have to wait for the toxicology results before I rule.”

Read the full story here:  http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/apr/12/accidental-drowning-may-be-cause-hot-tub-death/

Merle Haggard and HotTubWorks

May 12th, 2011 by

merle-haggard-ticketsNot only do I love where I work, the people I work with and the clients I assist on an every day basis but I love what Hot Tub Works gave me for my birthday.

At Hot Tub Works, we celebrate everyone’s birthday in the kitchen by eating cake, singing happy birthday (usually way off key), at times a birthday dance is requested (which I will never agree to) and a gift and card is given.

This year Hot Tub Works gave me two tickets to go see one of my absolute favorite Outlaw County Musicians Merle Haggard. I was ecstatic when I received this gift. Although my birthday was back in March, the concert was last night.

My best friend and I got all dolled up and spent a night on the town enjoying the live sounds of a legendary classic. I even met Merle’s number one fan (or so he stated) while mingling before the show, and snapped a picture with him.

I have to say, I feel so absolutely blessed to not only love my job, but know and feel that my job (the people here) love me. They gave me a night that I will never forget. On a side note: I wonder if Merle owns a hot tub? If he does, his next spa cover is on us……xoxohttp://media.morristechnology.com/mediafilesvr/upload/connectsavannah/article/merle-haggard.jpg

Child Safety and Hot Tubs

May 9th, 2011 by

Below is an article on hot tub safety. One point to add is a locking spa cover will provide the needed protection to keep our children safe around spas and hot tubs.

With kids at play, make pools and spas safer

By CRIS CARL
Published: Monday, May. 9, 2011 – 3:14 am

It took the drowning death of a 7-year-old girl in a hot tub to bring about safety regulations regarding pools and spas. Through the efforts of the child’s mother and legislators, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect December of 2008. “One accident is too many,” said Mark Larange, owner of Livin’ Easy Spa Sales & Service in Greenfield, Mass.

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While the pool and spa safety act is a federal law that primarily impacts public pools and spas, each state has been adopting portions of the law to oversee those that are privately owed. “Any time there is an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) related event such as what happened to that child they (the government) always works to make us better,” said Larange.

Larange said that different states have focused on differing aspects of the law to make them more stringent. It is important to check state and local laws in relation to pools and spas whether you are installing something new or are retrofitting your pool or spa. Speak to your local building inspector when considering new pool and spa safety measures.

Some states are currently working on legislation and have no specific regulations relating to private ownership. However, most states are in the process of adopting new legislation. Larange said he expected Massachusetts to have new legislation within the next two years.

Regardless of legislation, there are steps you can easily take as a homeowner to make your pool or spa safer for your children:

Preventing Entrapment

The primary culprit in pool and spa injuries and deaths usually involves entrapment of hair or other body parts that are drawn into a drain or pump. “Entrapment can happen then there are faulty drains or pumps,” said Larange. Children are especially susceptible to entrapment due to lighter weight and smaller body size. In addition, Larange said, children often play games in pools and spas, diving to the bottom or seeing how long they can hold their breath, for example.

Larange said that many pools generally have self-priming pumps which draw water into it and are gravity fed. The suction created can hold a child underwater if they come in close contact with the drain.

If you have a pool or spa/hot tub at home, you can retrofit your drains and pumps at a fairly low cost. You can retrofit anti-entrapment drains for about $90 to $150. Larange said that the new anti-entrapment devices/systems are more sensitive to water pressure, and will automatically shut down if water flow is reduced. “In spas, there are also now bottom filters and surface top skimmers. There are check valves that will switch one system to the other if there is more than two pounds of pressure on one of the systems.”

Larange said that newer drains are often higher than the surface of the pool or spa with various openings for suction, as opposed to just one opening with much higher suction. “So, if someone brushes up against it, there is plenty of space to draw (suction) from the other side,” he said.

Pool Surface Alarms

Larange said that pool surface alarms can also be installed so that if a child sneaks into a pool or spa, the alarm will go off once the surface of the water is broken. “As soon as something splashes in the water, the pumps shut down,” said Larange.

There are numerous types of surface alarms. Most transmit a signal to the owner that the water has been breeched. The two types of surface alarms are those that float on the surface of the water and those that detect subsurface wave motion and are installed on the sides of a pool or spa. Both can be adjusted for sensitivity. Subsurface alarms have been noted to work better and have fewer false alarms than surface alarms. Surface alarms range in cost from about $150 to $250. Subsurface alarms cost a bit more ranging from $200 to $300.

The Old Fashioned Way

The most important thing you can do to protect your children is watch them at all times if they are in a pool or spa.

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Tech Savvy Hottubworks Team

May 9th, 2011 by

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One of the most interesting parts about the owners at our company, Hot Tub Works, is how technologically savvy they are. I have worked for several individuals that don’t even know how to use a computer :) .

But I am impressed at how quickly a topic that we talk about in a meeting becomes a blog topic, winds up on Facebook, becomes a tweet on twitter and gets a ton of comments from our fans. So if you ever want to let the owners know how you feel or have any questions we are always online to help you out.

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And as always you could always call us at 800-770-0292. We hope to hear from you in the future – all over the web :) .

- Nick