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Surprising Ways Hot Tubs Can Conserve Energy That You Might Not Realize, Part 1

When you’re debating on whether to invest in a hot tub, a primary concern may be its impact on your electric bill. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs are designed for energy efficiency, and a number of options are available to make your spa even more economical when it comes to power usage. As a reference, the California Energy Commission (CEC) requires a device to meet specific energy output regulations to be classified as “energy efficient.” All Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs meet these standards. In this two-part blog, we’ll explore some of the ways your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub can be cost effective, beyond being highly energy efficient:

Cold-Climate Insulation

This insulation is perfect for chilly weather and cold climates. It is layered onto the back of the spa’s cabinetry and reduces energy usage by adding another layer of insulation. This extra insulation keeps the temperature steady, so you won’t need to adjust the heat constantly and burn up energy. This insulation also protects against mold and eases operating noise.

Energy-Efficient Settings

All Jacuzzi® Hot Tub models give you some level of control over their operation, some more than others. For example, the J-1000 control panel allows you to program your filtration and heating cycles based on your average usage. Once you determine how and when you most often use your hot tub, program the sequence. You will avoid using excess energy to heat the hot tub when it’s not in use, yet it will be prepped when you’re ready to use it.

Heat-Conserving Covers

Drastically reduce energy consumption by installing a cover for your hot tub. Jacuzzi offers a number of options; the Sunbrella® in particular includes two pounds of foam density, as well as heat-seal gaskets. This creates an excellent seal that minimizes heat and moisture loss, decreasing the need to turn up the heater or refill the hot tub.

You now have an idea of just a few of the energy-saving options available in and for Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs. In our next blog, we’ll address additional ways you can save you money on your electric bill.

Fast Facts You Didn’t Know About Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs

Whether you already own a hot tub or are considering adding one to your home, there may be a few things you didn’t know about these warm-water retreats. Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs enhance your personal health regimen and certainly liven up your backyard gatherings, but they also have a rich history and interesting role to play in people’s lives. Here are seven interesting fast facts about Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs:

The use of hot tubs extends back thousands of years in human history

In Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Japan, people believed in their positive cleansing and therapeutic effects. The original models were naturally occurring hot springs or baths into which scalding rocks were lowered. Later hot tubs included fire-heated basins, then evolved into the more modern versions that are crafted from wood, cement, stainless steel, acrylic, and plastic.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tub technology originated in the aviation and agricultural industries

The seven Jacuzzi brothers were innovative engineers. After developing the first enclosed-cabin monoplane, they revolutionized the agricultural industry in 1925 by creating the first submersible pump. When a young Jacuzzi family member developed rheumatoid arthritis, the brothers created an aerating submersible pump to provide pain-reveling hydrotherapy treatments in the bathtub.

Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs provide several different types of therapy, aside from hydromassage

Hydromassage is just one of the health benefits you can reap with a home spa. You can also enjoy chromatherapy, using various colors of light to calm and rejuvenate, and reflexology, targeting pressure points on your hands and feet to relieve tension.

Hot tub technology is continually being innovated and improved

Water jets, heating, and circulation features are always getting better, and much more energy efficient and affordable than most people realize. Some models cost only $14 a month in energy costs.

Hot tub cleaning and upkeep is pretty easy and affordable

It doesn’t take daily scrubbing and expensive equipment to keep a hot tub in pristine condition. With a bit of vigilance – regular checks of your water’s chemical balance and filtration – you’ll only need to drain your tub every 3 to 6 months, depending on frequency of use.

A Jacuzzi® Dealership holds a Guinness World Record

The title for the most nationalities in a single hot tub belongs to a spa dealership in Alicante, Spain. In 2012, people from 26 countries squeezed into a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub for a quick five-minute splash to claim the Guinness World Record.

It’s easy to update your hot tub and keep it current

Even if your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is a few years old, you can easily update it with a variety of accessories, from spa covers, lifts, wind guards, and lighted steps that will lend even greater personalization.

You can find more fun facts and useful information on hot tubs by visiting our website’s Owner’s Corner and get updates via our official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Creative Ideas for Your Winter Hot Tub Party

Winter has arrived, which means long, cold nights. Why not welcome the season—and combat the chill—with a gathering of family and friends? Make your backyard a winter sanctuary by offering food, drink, and of course a soak in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub. Here are some creative ideas for your winter hot tub party:

Install Lights

In winter, your trees are often bare. This may look bleak during the daytime, but bare branches are far easier to adorn with lights. Hang strings of lights from the branches, running them through separate trees or connecting trees to one another. When the sun goes down, you’ll have a magnificent winter light show.

 Provide Warmth

Keep your guests warm and cozy by providing a basket full of blankets and towels. If you have a towel heater, place the blankets there to warm them up before handing them out. When your party makes its way to the hot tub, keep the towels on the heater or at least in a protected place to ensure you can all wrap up with something comfortable and dry when you step out of the water.

Offer Toasty Drinks

Combat the cold air of a winter evening with a bar full of warm drinks. Keep hot chocolate, tea, and coffee standing by, as well as some stouter beverages. Offer your guests a Spanish hot coffee—made with coffee and Spanish bourbon—or a hot buttered rum.

Make S’mores

You can’t go wrong with s’mores to warm up a winter night. Light the fire pit, cover an outdoor table with a festive cloth, and then set out the ingredients for these cold-weather treats. Remember to use the old standbys of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows, but you can offer your guests more creative options as well. Provide caramel, more elaborate types of chocolate like dark or white, and fruits like strawberries and bananas. For a salty and sweet combination, offer your guests bacon bits to sprinkle on their s’mores.

There’s a great deal you can do to celebrate the winter season with your friends and family. For a special touch, consider sending out invitations to properly invite your guests to your party. Kori Clark has created the perfect invitation for every Jacuzzi® Hot Tub-themed celebration, making it easy for you to add another touch of creativity and style to your winter celebration.

Best Pinterest Ideas for Hot Tub Accessories

Need inspiration? The Internet has opened up an entirely new world of sharing and collaborating on design and decor ideas. From Facebook to Pinterest, you now have thousands of concepts at your fingertips. If you’re looking for ways to aesthetically enhance your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub, we’ve gathered some of the best Pinterest ideas for hot tub accessories:

Hot Tub Storage/Bench

The bench is an attractive accent to your backyard…and holds snack trays, games, and anything else you want to keep near your hot tub but out of your immediate walking path. It also offers a convenient seat if you’d like to cool off after a long soak.

Floating Orbs

These waterproof, color-changing lights float on the surface of your hot tub and complement the nighttime glow provided by the existing lights in your spa. You can also obtain these lights in one steady color if you would like to set a certain mood.

Plastic Playing Cards

These cards are waterproof, so you can take them in and out of the hot tub with you. You can choose a set of playing cards for some watery blackjack or “conversation cards” to get people talking. Play a game, prompt a discussion, and enjoy bonding time with friends and family.

Monogrammed Towels

Give everyone in your family a sense of hot tub ownership with towels that bear their names or initials, or a favourite emblem or statement. Monogrammed towels convey both personality and class when displayed.

Side Table

Invest in a side table to keep the important things in life dry: your drink, smartphone, or the book you’ve been making your way through. An attractive side table will fit right in with your backyard décor, and can be stained to match your hot tub.

Now that you have some home improvement ideas, you’re free to capitalize on them and make them your own. What will you do with your backyard?

Top 5 Ways to Have a Jacuzzi® Bathtub Installed in Your Home

When considering adding a Jacuzzi® Bathtub to your home, the space available and style of your bathroom are undoubtedly big factors. But, what you may not realize is that the bathtub installation type also is a factor. With that in mind, here are five ways a Jacuzzi® Bathtub can be installed:

Freestanding

A freestanding bath immediately commands attention. Classic and sculpted in design, it’s unencumbered by shelving or walls and positioned to be independent of any other bathroom elements. Ideal for larger spaces, if you choose to install a tub in this manner it will be the focal point of any room.

Drop-In

A stylish installation that fits nicely with a sophisticated bathroom, the drop-in bath is offered in multiple shapes, including rectangle, oval, and corner. This makes it a popular installation type as it suits a variety of bathroom configurations. It features a distinctive rim, which provides a slightly dramatic look as well as a comfortable place to rest your head during a hot soak.

Undermount

With this method, your bathtub is concealed in a contained unit that features an appealing surface top of marble, stone, or tile. This surface with be the aesthetic highlight, as only the interior of the tub will be visible. An undermount installation is perfect for those who seek a clean, uncluttered appearance and would like to choose from a variety of shapes.

Skirted

A more common bathtub installation, a skirted tub is designed to be surrounded on three of its four sides. This installation is best for smaller bathrooms or for those who are looking to create an intimate space of privacy and serenity. The designer outfacing skirt will add a subtle accent to your installation, without overwhelming the room.

Walk-In

A walk-in installation fulfils two needs: It is tremendously safe to access, and it fits in a confined space. You can enter and exit your tub via a door that seals upon shutting, preventing any kind of leak. Additionally, it has built-in seating to make it as comfortable as it is safe.

Whether your bathroom is tiny or expansive, and whether you prefer something subtle or dramatic, you can install a Jacuzzi® Bathtub in your home in a manner that complements and enhances your space.

The Seat Experience: Learn What 6 Popular Hot Tub Seats are Designed to Do

A Jacuzzi® Hot Tub is built with your comfort and health in mind. An important element of that is seat design–our seats are not static, they will adjust to your needs. Besides providing the perfect hydromassage, these seats allow you to recline, sit up straight, or massage specific areas of your body. Each one has been crafted to provide a specific experience, which you can learn about below. To help you choose a hot tub model, determine if you want the seats to provide:

Lower Back Massage

The MX Jet therapy seat is deeply contoured and features a cushioned headrest, placing your body in the ideal position for a maximum volume, low-pressure massage. This seat’s massage action is incredibly effective for the larger muscles in the lower back.

Relaxation

The RX seat is the epitome of quality and performance. This modest-sized jet reaches a large number of muscles and nerves in the back, providing the gentle pressure of a Swedish-style hydromassage to the places that need it most.

Muscle Knot Release

The FX rotational seat combines two types of PowerPro® Jets, stimulating the tissue of your neck and shoulders with a spinning massage. It also hits key smaller muscle groups in your lower back, generating a rifling action that will lead to increased relaxation. 

Tension Easing

This ProAir® lounge seat pinpoints and kneads a wide swath of smaller neck and back muscle groups, generating a tingling relaxation upward through your shoulders and head. Large muscles along the spine will also benefit from this seat, which features a combination of small, targeted jets and large rotational jets.

Swedish Upper Back Massage

Enjoy a Swedish hydromassage via four types of PowerPro® Jets in the PowerPro® therapy jet seat. These jets focus on the neck, shoulders, and back; you can adjust each section from high to low pressure. Enjoy a massage customized just the way you want it.

Deep Tissue Massage

Designed for maximum therapy and versatility, the FX-12 therapy seat is equipped with spiral action jets that apply pressure to back and neck muscles. Adjust the pressure to your liking and indulge in a hydromassage that will replicate the pressure of thumbs and palms kneading out tension in your muscles.

Now that you have an idea of the types and functions of the many seats offered, you’re better equipped to select the hot tub you want. Remember, not all seats are available in all models, so be sure to prioritize what type of experience you’d most enjoy in your spa.

Ideal Hot Tubs and Bathtubs for Older Generations

As you age, you may begin to realize that things don’t quite bend and flex the way they used to. A number of Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs and Bathtubs are fitted with lounges, cool down seats, and handrails to make entering and exiting your hot tub or spa easier on your body. Here, we’ve selected three products that have these features and are ideal for older generations:

Finestra® Bathtub

The Finestra® is a walk-in bathtub with open- and close-door access. This elegant unit also features slip-resistant flooring and a comfortable seating area. As you enter or exit the tub, you can hold onto the grab bar for additional safety. When relaxing in the Finestra® bath, you can operate the jets with an easily accessible push-button system.

Jacuzzi® Hydrotherapy Shower

Experiencing the Jacuzzi® Hydrotherapy Shower is akin to getting a spa-quality massage in shower form. Our engineers consulted with consumers and doctors alike to craft this revolutionary shower, which includes four Jacuzzi® ShowerPro™ jets. These jets provide targeted pressure to your sore spots, whether it’s your neck, back, or other parts of your body. Plus, the shower is equipped with built-in safety features such as a low step, fold-down bench, and sturdy grab bars, which are all beautifully designed and will help prevent accidents.

J-315™ Hot Tub

With low side entry, the J-315™ is easy to climb in and out of for the adult who is still relatively agile. It’s also possible to add a stairs accessory with a handrail for further safety when entering or exiting the hot tub. The numerous jets in the J-315™, among them the PowerPro® BX, provide a pressure-point hydromassage for tired, possibly arthritic limbs. Plus, the control panel features large buttons for ease of use and the hot tub is spacious enough for you to fully recline.

If you’re unsure which model would be right for you, head to your local Jacuzzi® Dealer and bring your swimsuit. You can “wet test” the hot tubs in the showroom to determine which one has the hydrotherapy or ease of access you’re looking for.

Thanksgiving and Your Spa: Can a Hot Tub Aid Digestion?

Thanksgiving means gathering with family and enjoying delicious food—sometimes a little too much food. If you’ve indulged in a few too many servings of mashed potatoes and can’t envision moving for several days, take heart: Jump-start your recovery by relaxing in your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub and letting it aid in your digestion.

The Basics of Digestion

When you consume a meal, your body begins the process of breaking it down and absorbing nutrients. Blood flow is diverted to your stomach and intestines to assist in this matter. According to a study on PubMed.gov, the heavier the meal, the harder your body has to work to break it down—which requires more blood. Now multiply that by several helpings of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and dessert: your body has a tough few hours ahead.

Post-Meal Vasodilation

You can give your body a hand by slipping into your hot tub for at least 20 minutes after a large meal. When you spend time in warm or hot water, vasodilation—the widening of blood vessels—occurs. Vasodilation, according to The Mayo Clinic, makes it easier for blood to flow through your arteries and reach various parts of the body. The burden on your heart is eased, and your blood pressure will drop. Since circulation is improved, your stomach can digest its contents more readily. By assisting in vasodilation, your spa will help you begin to digest your undoubtedly enormous Thanksgiving meal.

The Mental Benefits

Beyond its physical benefits, your hot tub is also a welcome place to retreat after a great deal of time spent gathered around the dinner table. While your hot tub is aiding your digestion, it will let you spend additional time with friends and family—and relaxing together will help you absorb and metabolize your big meal, as well.

Next time you indulge in a big meal, whether it’s on Thanksgiving or not, climb into your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub for afterward and expand your health and wellness.

Creating a Halloween Atmosphere in Your Hot Tub

Halloween is a special time of year for the young and young at heart. Whether or not you intend to don a costume and go trick or treating this season, there’s plenty of ways to “trick” out your spa so you can enjoy some good spooky fun in your own backyard.

Colored Lights

Switch out the bulbs in your hot tub with colorful variations. Look into the traditional Halloween orange, or try something more festive in purple, magenta, or even a cool blue. The color will brilliantly illuminate the water and change the atmosphere in your spa.

Light Strings

Hang small strings of lights from the ceiling or support beams around your hot tub to give it a vivid glow. You may also wish to set up electronic candles to create a “haunted pathway” to the hot tub. Please be very careful to keep actual electronics at least a couple feet away from the spa.

Spiderwebs

Purchase some spiderwebs and drape them from the ceiling to create a spider’s lair. You can outfit this web with various accessories, such as candies, small Halloween-themed toys, or even a large plastic spider. Alternatively, place something unexpected in the web: a toy dragon, for example, or a hockey mask.

Glowing Orbs

Place glowsticks of any color inside black and orange balloons and inflate them. When you tie off the balloons, you’ll have glowing orbs that you can use to adorn the exterior of your tub or the ceiling above it.

Halloween Snacks

No hot tub gathering is complete without some snacks, and Halloween requires a special touch. Peeled grapes and olives feel an awful lot like eyeballs, and red punch certainly looks like something a vampire would drink. Serve these treats on floating snack trays and you’ll have spooky and sweet appetizers.

You put a great deal of effort into decking out your house for Halloween. Why not give your hot tub the same amount of attention? Get into the spirit of the season and create a fun, festive environment for you and your guests to soak in. Halloween only happens once a year: Make it memorable!

Beyond Relaxation: Your Hot Tub’s Best Therapeutic Benefits

Your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub does not just offer you a relaxing place to unwind; you’re making an investment in your health. Soaking in your hot tub provides therapeutic benefits, which can foster mental and physical improvements. Here are some of the best types of therapy provided by Jacuzzi® Hot Tubs:

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy involves using water to combat physical problems and promote overall health. It can improve blood circulation, take the weight off tired joints, and generally promote relaxation while lowering stress levels. Jacuzzi® Hot Tub jets provide a form of hydrotherapy called hydromassage, where streams of air and water are directed to specific areas of your body. This, combined with the heat of the water and the natural buoyancy attained by floating, provides a unique massage to all parts of your body.

Reflexology

Reflexology homes in on the feet and the hands. According to The Mayo Clinic, “Pressure applied to these areas affects the organs and benefits the person’s health.” It is believed that pressing on specific areas of the foot may lead to physical improvements in corresponding parts of the body. Jacuzzi® Hot Tub jets, when directed at your hands or areas of your feet, provide reflexology sessions in the comfort of your spa. When the stream from the jets reaches those tender areas, you’ll enjoy a pleasant pressure and a release of tension as you relax.

Chromatherapy

Color can have a distinct effect on mood. In a 1985 study by L.D. Rosenstein, it was reported that test scores and mental state varied depending on what color room the participants were in. Chromatherapy draws on the suggestion that various hues and types of light can relax and soothe you. Replace your spa bulbs with blue or yellow lights, for example, to truly feel relaxed and at peace in your spa.

Now that you are aware of the many therapies your spa can perform, you will be able to utilize it to benefit your health more fully.

How a Hot Tub Can Minimize Gadget Distraction

We live in a fast-paced world. The wide usage of smartphones, tablets, and extremely lightweight computers means we’re constantly connected to each other, our workplaces, and the world itself. According to WebMD, “Using smartphones for bedside business [is] associated with sleeping less.” This may lead to poor performance at work and a lower quality of life as a whole.

Give yourself a break from this constant stream of information and commit to shutting off your various devices an hour or two before bedtime. Your spa can help you stick to this rule and act as a medium to reset your brain and re-focus your center. When you need to set aside your electronics and minimize gadget distraction, your hot tub is an asset because it:

Helps You Designate a Technology Cut-Off Time

Your entire life is scheduled: It’s the only way to fit everything in. You schedule work, family, doctor’s appointments, and so on, and your electronics are never far away. Schedule some time to turn it all off, as well. For example, for about two hours before your bedtime, all electronics must be set aside and 30 minutes of those two hours will be used for a soak in your spa. Ease into your hot tub and let it relax you; you may even find it easier to fall asleep once you’re out.

Reminds You to Make Time for Yourself

You’re constantly on the move. You work during the day, see your family and friends at night, and often forget to take time for yourself while you attend to the needs of everyone else. It’s time to make time for yourself: Your hot tub is a sacred, quiet place to regain peace of mind. Switch off your gadgets, climb into your spa, and relax. You’ll have no IMs, no texts, and no emails to deal with; this is a time for reflection and rejuvenation.

Encourages Distraction-Free Family Time

Families are constantly pulled in different directions. Kids have after-school activities, homework, and friends; parents have work to do or other obligations to meet. Set aside a portion of time each week to relax together in your hot tub. Each family member must put down their gadgets, whether it’s a smartphone or an Xbox controller, and jump in the hot tub. Then turn on the jets, talk about your day, your week, and everything else on your mind. Family members of all ages enjoy hot tubs; whether your loved ones are 16 or 60, you’ll find this to be a great middle ground to use for bonding time.

Encourages You to Stay Relaxed…Even After You Emerge

To maximize your relaxed state, leave your gadgets alone once you emerge from your hot tub. Unwind with a good book, or sip a cup of hot chocolate to stay unplugged before drifting off to sleep.

It’s important to be able to go offline every now and then. Your hot tub is a faithful reminder that life doesn’t always have to fly at breakneck pace, so put on your swimsuit and leave the gadgets on the table – your mind and body will thank you.

3 Ways to Convert Your Backyard for Winter Enjoyment

Winter is almost here, which means it’s time to start updating your yard before the weather gets too cold. Don’t just duck indoors when the skies become gray; instead, make some adjustments to your outdoor space to ensure it’s enjoyable in the coming months. To maximize your outdoor experience, here are three ways to convert your backyard for winter enjoyment:

Improve Lighting and Safety

Nothing is quite as effective at creating an attractive environment as lighting, especially in snow-covered yards. Hang strings of colored lights from your trees or place ground lights amidst your flora and fauna. A brighter yard is also much safer to navigate as it starts to get darker, earlier. Mix different types of lights—like lanterns, well lights, and deck lights—to create the type of mood you prefer. Spotlight particular structures, such as your gazebo or hot tub, or create well-lit paths around your yard.

Generate Ambiance

Even if you won’t be spending as much time in your backyard as you do in the warmer months, you can still create ambiance and a enjoy a beautiful setting when bundled up. For yards without a fence, protect your family’s privacy while adding an appealing enclosure to your home. You can choose fencing with a staggered topline or ornamental shapes, or perhaps look into stone or brick fencing to give your backyard a snug, sheltered feel. You may also wish to set up outdoor privacy screens. These come in a variety of types and finishes, including real and faux wood, and provide both a sense of seclusion and comfort. Additionally, adding some weatherproofed furniture to your backyard will tempt family and friends into the great outdoors on the milder winter days.

Create Warmth

Purchase deck heaters or a fire pit to bring warmth to the cold winter months. In particular, freestanding heaters or smaller units are ideal because you can move them around at will. You can also consider investing in a hot tub. Not only will a hot tub help you warm up and relax in the winter, but it also provides hydromassage, something you may come to appreciate if your joints and muscles tend to ache or get tense in the cooler weather. A hot tub is an attractive focal point for your backyard, offers therapeutic benefits, and provides a gathering place for family and friends to spend time together. Whether getting out of a spa or heading to sit by the fire pit, placing a chest near the back door to hold towels, blankets, and coats will keep you warm and dry.

Winter does not mean your outdoor entertaining needs to stop. Reclaim your space and enjoy your backyard no matter what the temperature. With proper care, you’ll have a wonderful place to relax after a long day at work.

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