The Swim Experience - This Is NOT Your Grandmas Spa!  

by Pool Builders on 05-29-2014 in Articles

Hot tubs have been around for a good number of years, since the 4th Century BC, in fact, but their employment for pleasure, as opposed to hydrotherapy, is a far more recent development, relying on electric, or gas driven heating, water, swirling and filtration systems. only within the relatively recent past has the phenomenon known as the swim spa been available to homeowners with the space, and the financial wherewithal, to consider them. The basic difference between the swim spa and the hot tub is a matter of size, and, importantly, how much more efficiently, and excitingly, the former moves water to either enhance exercise or pleasure.
The pleasure aspect can be as important, for a family, as the therapeutic value the swim experience can provide. For children as well as adults who have enjoyed swimming in still water, water that is not being propelled, or circulated as it is in a hot tub or swim spa, the resistance the water provides, thanks to the pump action, can be exhilarating. As you would imagine, both because of its size and because of the energy, effort required to make it work effectively, the swim spa is a more expensive investment, but it can be a practical alternative to costly physical therapy treatments to deal with a condition that the swim experience can help alleviate..
In doing your due diligence research into swim spas, consider this: Many sales people will hype the power of their pumps and water jets, but deemphasize the fact that the system moving water into and around the pool is not sufficient to take full advantage of pump power. In other words, orifices through which water is pushed into the spa (pool) are too small, or improperly formed, to make use of the pumps power. And that means, in effect, you are spinning your wheels: Your pump is working harder, and costing you more, than should be the case. Water movement pressure in hot tubs and, more significantly, in swim spas, is measured in horsepower.
While ordinary household systems cannot support more than 4 HP for a swim spa (which has, as you would imagine, far greater demand than does an ordinary hot tub), there are no industry standards for what amount of power a tub or spa system should need, or employ. But there certainly be a difference in your electric bill if you choose a system that is inappropriate for your needs! Another rating, the one you should pay more attention to, is the gallons per minute (GPM) capacity of your pumping and delivering systems. They should be in synch, because too much potential in the former for the capacity of the latter is not something a sales person is going to emphasize! Other factors you need to consider, when considering a swim spa, include the reputation of the dealer (ask for names and contact information of former customers), the types of insulation available (the dead air space type works much like that in double, glazed windows), and the ease of maintenance.
Filtering systems that skim out not just detritus such as leaves and other air borne stuff but also hair, and body care lotions will serve you particularly well, reducing the need to employ more expensive, and labor intensive, cleaning systems. You are making a big investment when you buy a swim spa. Do not make it an unnecessarily larger investment by neglecting to do your homework up front. Info From

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