Hot Tubs and Swim Spas: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re considering spending some money on (and some time in) a new hot tub, here’s everything you need to know before you open your wallet. Because remember, it’s not just about “getting a hot tub.” It’s about getting the right one for you and your family.

Let’s Slide in.

Hot tubs are fun and relaxing, and people usually purchase them for those reasons. However, there are many other practical reasons to spend some quality time with the jets and bubbles.

If you’re looking to prevent pain, save money on doctors’ bills, and finally get that sweet, sweet relaxation you’ve been begging for, you might consider starting a soaking schedule.

Here’s a list of benefits hot tubs can provide to promote a healthy, improved quality of life.

1.) Soaking Relieves Stress

If you’re hoping to alleviate anxiety and relieve stress, soaking in a hot tub can be a great way to accomplish this.

Hydrotherapy promotes a relaxed breathing pattern, which can aid in eliminating symptoms associated with depression and other mental and emotional issues. It also increases blood flow and heightens inner-body temperature, releasing “good” hormones like serotonin and dopamine, and halting the release of the “bad” hormones like cortisol. The balance of these hormones promotes a healthy, stress-free lifestyle.

If you stick to a soaking schedule, you’ll more-than-likely notice the emotional and physical symptoms of your ailments begin to melt away within the first few sessions.

2.) You Can Lose Weight

When we avoid stress, we can avoid weight gain. Stress gives us the urge to eat fatty and carb-filled foods, and the release of ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry, doesn’t help.

If we can halt the over-production of ghrelin and other chemicals with a nice long soak in the hot tub, we can maintain a healthy body weight.

3.) Your Mobility Will Improve

Wouldn’t it be great to move around like you used to? If you suffer from joint pain or other movement and mobility issues like arthritis, hot tubs might help relieve the associated pain.

Joint inflammation is painful in itself, but it can also result in stiff muscles. Both of these physical impairments can impede your ability to move around as you wish. Through the rapid flow of hot water, muscle tension can be released, providing you with increased mobility and a drastically improved daily life.

4.) Muscle Recovery Time is Reduced

Hot water causes dilation of the blood vessels. This helps the flow of muscle-healing nutrients to the sore body tissue that needs them most. Soaking also prevents soreness. Even if you don’t need to soak as a “fix,” you can use it as a precautionary measure. If you’re an athlete, a manual laborer, or an outdoorsman, you’re constantly pushing your body to the brink of exhaustion. Because of that, you have to expect to get a few bruises and sore muscles. It helps to get in a regular soaking schedule to avoid the hurt as much as possible.

5.) You’ll Finally Get Some Family Time

We all need that extra family time. A hot tub is something that people of every age can enjoy. Soaking is a great way to calm down together and have a conversation without all the phones. Most smartphones aren’t waterproof, so you can finally get your kids to focus on you instead of a screen. Why not schedule some quality time for the family?

6.) Hot Tubs Can Enhance Your Relationships

Okay, let’s just be honest here. Hot water has a lot of benefits, and helping you get closer to your significant other is definitely one of them. As we mentioned earlier, soaking reduces stress. This makes you calmer, which makes conversation much easier. Also, when you’re hanging out in the hot tub with a loved one, you’re usually physically closer than you would be at the average-sized kitchen table. Why not ramp up the romance?

7.) Hot Tubs Promote a Good Night’s Sleep

Since soaking alleviates stress and its associated symptoms, hot tubs also promote high-quality sleep. Let’s talk about Cortisol again. People with insomnia typically have more Cortisol running through their system. Sleep deprivation also increases the flow of Ghrelin in the body. This is the chemical that makes you realize that you’re hungry.

Soaking in a hot tub can curb these unwanted cravings and promote a lengthy, invigorating, full night’s sleep. Also, since hydrotherapy relieves physical pain, it allows you to sleep in your preferred position. So heat up that musculoskeletal system, and get some quality shut-eye!

Now that you understand how hot tubs and swim spas can promote a healthier lifestyle, let’s dive into some features that separate them from standard swimming pools and other outdoor leisure appliances.

The Best Features of Hot Tubs and Swim Spas

1.) There’s no seasonality

Hot tubs and swim spas can be used in every kind of weather. The good. The bad. The cold. The hot. Whenever you want to use it, you can. Essentially, any day can be the perfect spa day.

The control panel allows for temperature adjustment, and since they’re built for “all-weather,” they can be placed indoors or outdoors, promoting year-round usability.

If you do choose to place it inside your home, make sure it’s firmly set in a water-friendly area. The warm water can evaporate fairly quickly and create damp environments that may cause mold or mildew to grow. To prevent this, wipe away any condensation on the walls and keep the floor around your spa dry.


You’ll still want to cover it when it’s not in use. This will help keep it clean, insulated, and free of any unwanted visitors.

2.) They boast open-concept tanks

The open-concept tank in a swim spa allows for the benefits of a regular pool at your own, private convenience. The current is powerful enough to swim or walk against, eliminating the need to swim from one end to the other.

Swim spas and hot tubs are often equipped with features like illumination, jets, and comfortable seating. This allows you to enjoy the experience of a hot tub and a pool simultaneously.

3.) They’re low maintenance

Compared to regular pools, they take far less time to maintain. Standard pools can take hours to filter and clean, whereas swim spas can take as little as 45 minutes to filter.

If you keep your tub covered, it will minimize the amount of time you spend on maintenance by keeping water warm and free of debris.

Speaking of maintenance, let’s dive into the machinery that makes them truly unique.

The Anatomy of a Hot Tub

If you’re relatively new to the world of hot tubs, this lingo might be a little confusing. However, understanding the anatomy of a hot tub will help you make the right decisions when searching for your ideal set-up.


It’s position over quantity when it comes to jets.

For example, lounge style seating might provide a different hydromassage experience than other styles of seating. The perfect hot tub should have high-volume/low-pressure directional jets that are placed so they correspond with the areas of your body you’d like to target with hydromassage.


Try out the different seating options to see which ones are ideal for you.

It’s important to understand how the number of seats correlates to the size of the hot tub. If you’re looking for a two-person hot tub to fit into a smaller space, your ideal spa is going to look much different than a four-person hot tub with plenty of room for a small family.

Water Management System

The science behind the soak.

You’ll want to seek out a quality water management system so that you can spend less time on water care and more time enjoying your tub. Your dealer can help you understand the various stages of filtration as well as optional upgrades for higher-end models. As a general rule, the more stages of filtration, the cleaner your water will be.


A Hot tub cover will keep your water clean and keep your heat in, increasing the efficiency of your spa.

Cabinet Materials

Durability plays an essential role in determining the lifespan of your hot tub.

If you want to keep your hot tub for many years to come, be sure to consider the durability of the materials it’s made from.

A quick breakdown:

– The cabinet consists of the outermost walls.

– The shell is the lining of the inside of the tub.

Both the cabinet and shell are often customizable, allowing you to add a personal touch. Be sure to explore options that are UV-resistant and maximize energy efficiency.

Okay, now let’s figure out which hot tub might work best for your home environment.

How To Choose the Best Hot Tub for You (And Your Home)

A hot tub is a long-term investment, so you want to be sure that you choose one that is best suited for your lifestyle, your home, your environment, and your budget. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help boost your buying confidence as you make your way toward hot tub ownership.

Who Will Be Using It, And How Often?

Think about who will be using it and when.

Family and friends? Just one or two people? Using your hot tub for entertainment purposes could mean you need a bigger spa to fit more seats. Lounge-style seats could be the perfect choice if you don’t plan on sharing your space often. 

Also, consider the ages and physical limitations of the users. If children will be soaking in it, you might want to consider having cool-down seats for their safety. 

What are the features you can’t live without?

Determine the necessary elements to satisfy your unique needs.

If you’re wanting targeted hydrotherapy, you’ll need to think about the placement of the jets. You might prefer lounge-style seats or seats with high backs.

Many people consider these features a “must have”

– Strong jet power for every seat, so that all jets can run simultaneously and benefit everyone at once.

– A built-in waterfall that creates a soothing experience with a touch of elegance.

– Underwater illumination using modern LED lighting to inspire a serene nighttime soaking session. 

– App control that allows you to adjust key settings (like temperatures and energy efficiency) from your smart devices. 

What’s your budget?

The cost will vary based on the models & features you’re considering. 

Compare the features, materials, quality, and performance to determine which models are the best fit for your needs and your budget.  Also, make sure to browse tubs that are energy efficient. A low-efficiency rating could be costly in the long run. Adding room in the budget up-front for extra accessories can save inefficiency costs later. For example, a spa cover will keep the heat in and increase efficiency. 

Have you measured your space yet?

Snap a few pictures and measure your preferred placement area before you visit your dealer. 

If you come prepared with those items, you’ll be able to get an idea of which models are potential matches for your space. Keep in mind that if you have a limited amount of space to put your hot tub, it could limit the amount of features you’re able to have. 

Have you tested the foundation?

Make sure you have a solid, level surface for your hot tub.

The ground or decking underneath the spa must be sturdy enough to support the weight of the filled spa and the people in it. 

Foundation options include:

Prefabricated pads:  These are made of high-density plastic, making them portable and budget-friendly. 

– Concrete: Concrete is a low-maintenance, popular foundation material. 

– Paving stones: These come in many styles and colors, and they also add aesthetic to your hot tub environment.

– Decks: Decks can be a stylish addition to your decor as long as they are built to support a lot of weight. 

Will it be easily accessible?

After selecting your space, try to imagine when and how you’ll be using your hot tub. 

If you plan to set it up away from your house, consider adding a non-slippery walking path. Handrails and steps will also add safety when entering and exiting. 

Another factor to consider: Your privacy.

– Is your hot tub set apart from the rest of your yard?

– Can your neighbors see in?

– Would moveable walls, fencing, or a private canopy be beneficial for privacy?

Now that you’ve asked yourself the hard questions, and now that you probably have a fairly decent idea about what kind of hot tub or swim spa will suit you best, here are some safety tips to consider for when you start using it.

How to Stay Safe While You Soak:

Stay Hydrated

While high water temperatures bring relaxation, they may also bring dehydration. 

Temperatures in hot tubs are typically around 100 degrees. These high temperatures can cause you to sweat more, leading to dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your session, and keep a bottle of water nearby to sip while you soak.  Eliminating direct sunlight will keep you cooler. If you are directly exposed to sunlight during your session, you might consider installing an umbrella or wearing a hat to provide shade. If you’re using your hot tub on a chilly night, consider keeping a warm beverage nearby, like a warm, herbal tea. 

Take Care of Your Skin

High water temperatures can damage your skin.

It can be difficult to maintain the moisture in your skin after spa soaks, especially during the chilly fall and winter months when your skin could already be suffering from dryness. Luckily, it’s easy to counteract the skin-drying effect of a hot water soak. Make sure the pH level is in the correct range to minimize dryness of the skin. Soaking in water that’s not between 7.2 & 7.8 pH can result in a more acidic environment. This means that more moisture will be pulled out of your skin during your soak. 

To replenish the natural moisture and elasticity in your skin after your soak, try these steps:

– Once you wrap-up your session, pat (don’t rub) your skin dry with a soft towel. Eliminating friction reduces skin irritation and dryness.

– Apply a moisturizer with shea butter or cocoa butter while your skin is still damp after showering. 

Don’t Stay in Too Long

A long day doesn’t necessarily mean you should have a long soak. The length of time you spent soaking should be determined by the temperature of your water. 

It’s important to maintain moderation when it comes to high water temperatures. Ideally, the water should be kept between 100 degrees to 102 degrees, but some preferences may range from 98 degrees to 104 degrees depending on the desired experience. 

Similar to a hot spring, twenty-minutes is all you need to enjoy the many benefits of your hot tub. A good rule of thumb is that the higher the temperature, the less time you should spend soaking. You don’t want to spend too long in high temperatures because you can risk overheating, dizziness, and nausea. 

Keep Kids Safe

Family time is a great way to wind down from your busy weeks. Soaking can also be beneficial to promote speedy recovery times for children who have sports-related strains and sore muscles.

10 to 15-minute sessions are ideal for younger soakers. 

For family soaking time, it’s safe to lower the temperature to 95 degrees because children are more sensitive to heat than adults. If your hot tub has “cool down” seats above the waterline, designate those for the youngest members of your family.  If you have children in your home, keep a secure cover over your spa when it’s not in use. Also, hot tub accessories like steps and handrails offer great support to those entering and exiting.

Avoid Slips

Steps and handrails can also help identify safe places to step in and out. Speaking of rails, why not add a towel rail? Having towels nearby to dry off your feet when stepping out will keep walking areas clean and dry. 

Besides enforcing a “no-running-and-jumping” rule, it’s a good idea to have a non-slippery walkway to your hot tub to prevent slips and falls. You can also add non-slip mats, pads, or tread tape in the surrounding area.  If you frequently soak during the evening or night hours, make sure that proper lighting is placed around the hot tub. 

Now that you know how to keep yourself safe while you soak, you need to know how to keep your spa safe while it sits. The best way to prevent material corrosion and promote the tub’s longevity is to give it a shelter, like an automated gazebo.

Automated Gazebos For Hot Tubs: What Are They and How Are They Beneficial?

Equip your hot tub with an innovative, durable, and easily accessible cover. Automated gazebos combine the benefits of a standard gazebo and a hot tub cover in just one innovative product, allowing you to make the most of your spa throughout every single season. They’re compatible with most brands and sizes of hot tubs. This universal cover is intended to make your hot tub experience easier.


– Usually fully automated, they can elevate and lower with the turn of a key.

– Safe and secure, the gazebo safely locks and covers your tub, allowing you to soak safely.

– It helps you transform your outdoor space. When open, it will complement your backyard. When closed, it will not obstruct your garden view. The optional retractable shades can add pleasant, private intimacy to your spa.

– The water-tight seal minimizes evaporation, therefore saving water, energy, and maintenance costs. The insulation value is above industry-standards, making automated gazebos one the most efficient hot tub covers on the market.

The Big Benefit

You and your tub are protected against environmental elements like ultraviolet radiation, bugs, wind, and rain, saving you tons of money and headaches in the long run.

If you already purchased a tub and need a quick solution to protecting it against outside elements, we can help. Here’s a list of all four automated gazebos we offer, complete with the exact reasons why we sell them.


Your heaven of relaxation and privacy

A groundbreaking solution to optimize the use of your hot tub, this four-season gazebo operates with the simple turn of a key and features LED mood lighting. As it securely closes and with its optional retractable shades, this offers peace of mind and privacy for a luxurious experience.


Add the panorama to your relaxation

The innovative, contemporary design allows the cover to lift at a 25-degree angle for an open view of the sky and surrounding while providing protection against the elements.


No limits to cover your hot tub

Thanks to its modularity, this version is compatible with most large and round hot tubs. Enjoy peace of mind and privacy with its optional retractable shades and a modern, streamlined design for a contemporary look.


Taking luxury to a new level

In less than 30-seconds, you have easy access to a cover that protects you against the weather and ultraviolet radiation while providing you with a luxurious vibe.

Okay. So now you understand everything there is to know about hot tubs, how to use them, and how to promote their longevity. It seems like the perfect time to slide into your new tub and soak up some info about the chemicals within it.

How To Use Hot Tub Chemicals

You’ve constructed the perfect backyard oasis.
But unfortunately, you still have one thing left to do: dump in the chemicals. But how much? And what kind? Here’s a step-by-step guide for perfecting the chemical treatment the first time.

1.) Balance the levels

Your tub’s alkalinity, pH level, and calcium level are three things that can and will be changed by the chemicals you place in the water. Understanding how to balance these three levels is what will keep your hot tub in pristine condition. But don’t worry, it’s simple. All you have to do is examine the water with a universal strip test. After you dip, wait for around fifteen seconds and look at the reading. Continue to add chemicals as necessary until the test strip proves that everything is balanced correctly.

2.) Utilize sanitizers

Sanitizers will help keep your warm water clean. Unfortunately, the temperature of the water is the perfect environment for bacteria and algae growth. In fact, even viruses love hot water. Chlorine and bromine will successfully rid the water of any bacteria or other unwanted environmental elements or contaminants. Similar to balancing chemicals, you can balance the amount of sanitization with a test strip.

3.) Incorporate shock treatments

Shock treatments will aid in removing unwanted residue that’s leftover from the sanitization process. You can either use Chlorine or non-chlorine shock treatments. You’ll need to read the label on your sanitizers to know which variation will work best for your hot tub. We recommend that you do a shock treatment at least once a week, and if it’s uncovered, every time it rains.

Why Choose Bassemier’s for My Hot Tub or Swim Spa?

Bassemier’s carries only the best brands, like Jacuzzi hot tubs and Sundance Spas. With experienced and passionate staff, Bassemier’s can help you find the perfect Jacuzzi and modern hot tub accessories for your unique lifestyle.

If you already own a hot tub and want to learn even more tips and tricks to promote its longevity, talk to us!

Call 812-479-6338 to schedule your Service Call, or send us a Message!