Connect Your Hot Tub with an Electrician
Hot tubs, also known as spas or Jacuzzis, have a purpose for relaxation. The small pool of water is used for hydrotherapy, stress-relief, and pleasure. Hot tubs are different to a typical bath – they are built to accommodate more than one person, and often include jets for massage.
Apart from the obvious relaxing and social purpose, there are other health benefits of a hot tub.
- Improve sleep – your body falls asleep quicker and rests easier when at a comfortable and warm temperature. A hot tub before bed will improve your REM sleep cycle and thereby has a positive effect on daily activities.
- Reduction of stress and anxiety – pressure from the jets, and feeling of weightlessness is known to have a direct effect on decreasing anxiety, and both mental and physical stress.
- Reduce arthritis and chronic pain – the bubbles created by the jets creates a feeling of buoyancy and weightlessness. This, along with the heat of the tub, increases blood circulation. Tightness in muscles is relaxed and the inflammation in joints is reduced. A tool of hydrotherapy, a body can experience increased flexibility, strength and wider range of physical movement after a hot tub.
- Lower blood sugar level – perfect for people suffering from type 2 diabetes. The hot temperatures of the tub simulate some of the effects of physical exercise.
- Lowers blood pressure – then hot tub causes the heart to work harder to distribute the excess heat. Increased blood flow and extra oxygen revitalizes the body cells, causing them to dilate. This decreases resistance against the heart and lowers overall blood pressure.
- Healthier skin – as the hot tub decreases anxiety (which is a major contributor to the effects of ageing), your skin gets to take a break. The heat also circulates blood flow and distributes vital nutrients, giving your skin a youthful glow.
- Decreases headaches and migraines – headaches are triggered by tension. In a hot tub, your muscles are relaxed and your pains subside. This decreases the chances of a tension-triggered headache. Hot tubs also help clear out nasal congestion, thereby preventing sinus-related headaches.
As you can see, your hot tub does a lot to keep you happy. It is only fair that you look after your hot tub in return.
How to maintain
There are basic instructions on how to maintain your hot tub on a day-to-day basis.
The filter of the tub needs to be cleaned monthly. Chemical levels need to be checked to ensure that the equipment does not corrode from the levels being too high, or being overtaken by bacteria for being too low. A well-balanced spa should have an alkalinity reading of 80 -120 PPM. Sodium Bisulfate will bring the level down, and sodium bicarbonate will bring it up. Adding sanitation chemicals are also highly recommended. This will make your water clear, and keep the pH level consistent. The cover of your hot tub should have a vinyl protector to increase its life span against environmental wear-and-tear.
It gets slightly more complicated when installation and electrical repairs for your hot tub are concerned, and in this situation, it is best to call in a professional. Proper hot tub installation will reduce the chance of expensive repairs down the line.
Hot tubs require ground fault protection (GFCI) which can be installed in different ways. Hot tub installations require 110V to 240V of power, can be up to 50 amp rated, and require #6 gauge wire. They cannot be installed under a power line, and need to be properly grounded. When it comes to the electronics of a hot tub, make sure that you get professional help, so that your hot tub can continue serving you for many years.
Electrical specifics of a hot tub installation are the most demanding of expertise – there are certain electrical requirements that need to be adhered to. Give us a call and we can help you with your hot tub wiring and many other electrical services.