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Exterior Design – Creating Hot Tub Décor

September 4th, 2014 by

Good exterior design is a sum of its parts, bringing together disparate elements into one cohesive and balanced design. Your hot tub or spa is a warm, bubbling respite away from the stress of everyday life. Shouldn’t the surroundings of your spa also create feelings of peace and serenity? I’m not talking about a Zen [...]


Hot Tub Water Meditation Techniques

August 28th, 2014 by

A hot tub is a perfect place for meditation, if you can get it all to yourself that is! I’m fortunate to have one evening per week when I’m alone with my tub, and take the time to practice short mindful meditations. Emphasis on the word ‘practice’, because meditation is something that gets better each [...]


What’s the Best Hot Tub Temperature?

August 25th, 2014 by

When I was younger, the target temperature for hot tubs was 105°, but that’s changed – now the CPSC recommends temperatures no higher than 104°. They also caution that one should always check the thermometer before entering a spa, and be aware that thermometers can be incorrect! So, 104° for the regular hot tub soak [...]


Hot Tubs & Spas: Cutting Energy Costs

August 21st, 2014 by

There are an estimated 3.5 million spas and hot tubs in the United States, about half a million in California alone! Each spa can use around 2500 kWh of energy per year – that’s almost 9 Billion Kilowatt hours! This has caused various state and federal energy agencies to look closely at the way spas [...]


Hot Tubs & Spas TOC – Total Cost of Ownership

August 15th, 2014 by

  I hear the question all the time – “What’s it cost to own a hot tub?” The real cost of operating a spa includes a lot more than just chemicals. In this post, we break down all of the costs in owning a hot tub, and add them all up. What can you do [...]


Wood Hot Tubs vs. Acrylic Spas

August 11th, 2014 by

  WOOD HOT TUBS vs. ACRYLIC SPAS Born in the fifties, growing up in northern California in the sixties, I can remember when my parents installed their first hot tub. It was a used oak wine vat that my father got from a winemaker he knew in Napa. He set it up in the backyard, [...]


Cut Spa Heating Costs with this One Weird Tip!

August 7th, 2014 by

  OK, I don’t know if you’ve seen those adsense ads that promise Lose belly fat with this one weird tip! They seem to be following me around, but I like my belly just the way it is, thank you. It’s become sort of a meme, this “one weird tip” idea – it makes me [...]


Replace or Renovate an Old Hot Tub?

August 4th, 2014 by

Most spa owners grapple with this question, if they live in one place long enough. It usually happens like this – one day a spa repairman hands you an estimate for repair, in excess of $1000, and in addition to that, it’s time for another spa cover, and the cabinet is looking, well – less [...]


The Dead Spa: No Power Hot Tub

July 31st, 2014 by

It’s happened to me plenty of times – get myself all ready for a nice soak in the tub, lift the lid and find lukewarm water and no lights on the control panel. It’s usually an easy fix, when you have no power to the spa – the greater disappointment is not being able to [...]


Leaking Spa Jets – How to Find & Fix

July 28th, 2014 by

Spas and hot tubs are not supposed to leak, but over time, it’s not uncommon for a leak to develop in an older spa. Knowing where to look for spa leaks is the first step in leak detection. Spas and hot tubs can leak in many locations, including from the spa jets themselves. Rarely do [...]