Having your own home spa can be a dream come true. Imagine sinking into bubbling warm water after a hard day at work, sharing a glass of wine with your significant other in the hot tub on a crisp fall evening, or hosting a party with music, laughs, and fun in the hot tub.
Installing a home spa can transform your backyard into an oasis of relaxation, leisure, and entertainment, and you may be surprised at how affordable it can be.
If you’re considering purchasing a home spa for your family, you may want to look into opting for a salt water hot tub. Salt water tubs are gaining rapid popularity in Canada due to their many health and environmental advantages.
Health Benefits of Salt Water Hot Tubs
Here are some of the reasons why salt water hot tubs are better for you:
• More natural sanitation. The salt used in hot tubs is sodium bromide, which generates pure bromine atoms. Bromine is more effective over a wider range of pH than chlorine is at usual hot tub temperatures. This means that you will need fewer chemicals to maintain a sanitary hot tub.
• Skin benefits. Consequently, bathers in salt water tubs are not subject to as many chemicals, so children and those with sensitive skin are less likely to develop dry or itchy skin. Salt water actually has a softening effect on skin, and can be found in various skin products.
• Natural scent. A salt water tub also has a more natural smell than one that uses more chlorine for sanitization, making bathing more pleasant and breathing easier.
• Eye health. Chlorine can irritate the eyes. Less chlorine means that salt water hot tubs are easier on the eyes.
• Reduces swelling. Warm salt water is often used in medicine to reduce swelling. If you or a family member suffers from edema, a salt water hot tub can be the perfect way to provide therapeutic relief. Athletes often soak in salt water to reduce swelling caused by overexertion. The hot tub’s heat opens the pores, and the salt draws fluid.
• Alleviates sore muscles. Salt water is often recommended for soothing sore muscles, and it can have a relaxing effect on tense shoulders, back, and leg muscles.
• Added buoyancy. Salt water can also be beneficial for those suffering from painful joint conditions like arthritis. The heat of a hot tub relieves pain, while the buoyancy of water reduces pressure and stress on the joints. Because salt water is more buoyant than fresh water, the buoyancy effect is enhanced.
There are two major environmental advantages to having a salt water hot tub:
• Less water. The average hot tub holds approximately 1,500 litres of water. Because a salt water system keeps the water cleaner for a longer amount of time, you will not need to change the water in your hot tub as frequently. In fact, while you may need to change fresh water as many as four times per year, a salt water spa usually only needs an annual water change.
• Heating. Because you will be changing the water less frequently, you will not need to reheat the water, thus saving on energy.