Several Reasons Why Your Hot Tub Is NOT Just a Tiny Swimming Pool
by Terry Arko via swimuniversity.com
Many who buy a hot tub often do so with a misconception that caring for a small hot tub will be easier and involve less chemical use and time than a swimming pool would. Those who have cared for spas/ hot tubs know that nothing is farther from the truth. These individuals have discovered that spas and hot tubs aren't just tiny swimming pools.
The Difference Between Pools and Hot Tubs
In fact a hot tub is much more than just a tiny swimming pool. There are many differences between a pool and hot tub and these differences call for a different and more strategic plan for care. Listed below are some of the major differences between hot tubs and pools.
Temperature – Most pools max temp 80° Spas/Hot tubs 92° to 104°
Higher evaporation rate – leads to more scale and increased calcium levels
Air jets and blowers cause quicker chemical reduction
Water balance – smaller body of water means greater effect on pH, total alkalinity, calcium hardness and TDS from added chemicals
Bather load ratio – 3 people in average spa/hot tub = 300 in a backyard swimming pool