1. What kind of requirements should I consider regarding installation?
Your hot tub needs to be placed on a reinforced cement pad or wood deck capable of supporting 100 lbs per square foot. Be sure to check your local codes and after installation, watch for any settling or erosion that could move the hot tub out of level.
2. Are Spas Hard to take care of?
No, not at all. Spa Brokers spas virtually maintain themselves. There is some minor maintenance needed, but you’ll spend far more time enjoying your spa than maintaining it.
3. How much does it cost to run a spa?
That depends slightly on the model, climate and usage. You can estimate the cost to run at $10 to $30 per month on average. The low operational costs are due to the extra steps Spa Brokers takes to ensure the highest quality, lowest maintenance, and most efficient spa on the market. The spas we sell are all well insulated. The adjustable straps and linear heat seal assure the cover is sealed and energy efficient. The high-output, low-amperage industrial duty pumps run cool and work smoothly to keep operational costs to a minimum.
4. I’ve heard of Ozonators to reduce maintenance. Do they really work?
Spa Brokers offers a water management system and a solid-state ozonator. Ozone is a natural and easy way to maintain your water, and reduce the amount of chemicals necessary to maintain sparkling clean water. Ozone burns up organics in your water thousands of times faster than sanitizer alone.
5. What is the Horse power of your pumps?
Spa Brokers does not measure the pump performance in horsepower. The true measure of a pump is in GPM or gallons per minute. Many consumers are misled by inaccurate or overrated pump performance. Don’t be fooled by the concept that bigger is better. The truth is bigger might be worse. The only way to be certain whether a pump’s performance is adequate for your needs is to get in and test soak.
6. What is the maximum temperature of a spa?
The maximum set temperature for any hot tub sold in the United States and Canada is 104°F. This has a variance of 3°F. Which means the hot tub cannot be set above 104°F but the temperature can fluctuate to as high as 107°F
7. Should I buy a spa on the internet?
Spas Brokers does the shopping for you. Buying online comes with many risks like, lower quality, made in China, delivery to driveway and getting poor service. Spa Brokers has the largest selection in Colorado and we only carry spas Made in the U.S.A. We believe in high quality at great prices! Spa Brokers is the number one dealer for Marquis Spas and Cal Spas in the country. We have strong buying power and we use those discounts and pass them to the end consumer. This allows us to ensure you receive the best possible product with the best possible service.
8. Are your spas made for the Colorado climate?
Spa Brokers spas are made for Colorado. For over 30 years we have sold spas in Colorado, selling the best quality spas available in today’s market. Our spas are built to last for years of virtually maintenance free and chemical free operation. Colorado’s harsh climate requires a well-insulated shell and maintenance free cabinetry. We are very proud to say we are the number one selling retailer of spas in Colorado year after year.
The Truth about Saltwater
The internal and external components can be damaged by abrasive chemical effects of both salt and chlorine
Salt Water For Hot Tub Sanitizing? Things to Know Before You Decide
The Rest of the Story
Here’s the rest of the story about using salt water systems for sanitizing your hot tub. Salt water systems are being promoted as the better way to keep hot tub water clean because allegedly:
- They require less work because it’s automated and “hands free”.
- They don’t depend on harsh chemicals like chlorine, bromine or spa shock
- They use an inexpensive salt like table salt instead of expensive hot tub chemicals
- They leave your skin feeling better because they don’t have harsh, traditional sanitizers
- They are environmentally friendly because they use fewer chemicals
- They use diamonds in the system to create powerful cleaners
Now, don’t get me wrong. Salt water hot tub sanitization can be beneficial if you are willing to understand the reality of the system. So, lets peel back the “hype” and look at the reality by examining each of the above claims.
Claim 1, Less Work: They require less work because it’s automated and hands free. The simplest answer to this claim is to look at one major hot tub manufacturer’s salt water sanitization manual.
The manual has 16 pages and includes 167 separate warnings, procedures and descriptions. This means that there is a huge amount of work required to operate and maintain this system. That manual is also full of dozens of required actions, making it much less “hands free” than traditional sanitizing. This includes fun things to do in maintaining a salt water system like removing the “cell” and cleaning it in an acid solution every three months, then reinstalling it.
Claim 2, No Harsh Chemicals: They don’t depend on harsh chemicals like chlorine. Well, they use salt and water to constantly produce five harsh chemicals in your hot tub water as you use the tub. Their main “powerful cleaner” is in fact good old chlorine. Salt water system manufacturers also recommend that you use normal spa chlorine and spa water shock any time that the tested chlorine level gets low…which can be frequently. So much for not using “harsh chemicals”.
Claim 3, Inexpensive to Use: It’s true that special hot tub salt is a little less expensive than hot tub chlorine ($7 a month for hot tub salt vs. $15 a month for hot tub chlorine). But, the salt is a very small factor in the overall salt water system cost. Here are the real costs:
- Stand-alone salt water systems: $500 to $700 to purchase and only a one year warranty.
- Built in salt water systems: Up to $1500 and only a one year warranty. Sometimes the salt system is thrown in for “free” with the purchase price of the hot tub. Nothing is “free”. Wouldn’t you prefer a $1500 cash discount instead?
- Cells have a 1.6 year average life and cost from $300 to $500 each time one is replaced.
- Salt water system users also have to purchase:
- Hot tub chlorine
- Hot tub shock
- Special calcium remover
- PH up and PH down
- Stain and scale defense
- 5 way test strips
So, over five to ten years, the salt water system users will save a little on the salt, but overall they will spend thousands of dollars more on water sanitization than traditional hot tub chlorine or bromine users.
Claim 4, Skin Feels Better: It’s true that a little salt in the water will not affect your skin. However, the salt water system uses a special “cell” to generate elemental oxygen, chlorine and several other “powerful” cleaners and oxidizers. Your skin reacts to these powerful cleaners and oxidizers just like it will react to hot tub chlorine. Whether its salt water generated oxidizers or hot tub chlorine, having too much of either will not be beneficial to your skin.
Claim 5, They’re Environmentally Beneficial Because of Less Chemicals: It’s true that when the 167 cautions and procedures for salt water sanitization are regularly and carefully followed, less harsh chemicals will be used . Similarly, if the simple procedures for using regular hot tub sanitizers are followed, much less harsh chemicals will be used. Oh by the way, the salt water system constantly uses electricity and requires the manufacturing of non-environmentally friendly components that have to be thrown out on a regular basis.
Claim 6, Diamonds are Used in the “Cell”: Not really. Just a diamond vapor is deposited in the “cell”. And, after the “cells” fail, they’re thrown in the trash. Not much diamond value after all. Apparently, diamonds are referred to as a way to make the salt water systems appear more valuable.
The Bottom Line: Sadly, salt water sanitation systems for hot tubs are over ”hyped”, making consumers confused. They are in fact, complicated to operate properly, expensive to purchase and maintain, create harsh oxidizers and have no special environmental advantages. With all these problems brought about by Salt Water, why wouldn’t you consider a natural alternative, like ozone purification? This is a much better alternative to keep your hot tub chemical free. Ozone is a very natural oxidation process, which is much more convenient and reliable than salt systems. It is also much healthier for both you and the environment.