Whether its to save money or to give a more “natural” feel to their hot tub water, many hot tub owners are looking to reduce the amount of chemicals that they use in their hot tub. With that in mind, here are our tips for the best ways of reducing your hot tub’s chemical usage.
Keeping Your Water Sanitized & Balanced
The easiest way to reduce your hot tub’s chemical usage is to make sure that the water is well balanced and sanitized. Well balanced water not only makes for a more comfortable bathing experience, it also helps your sanitizer (bromine or chlorine) work at peak efficiency. The more efficiently your sanitizer is working, the less of it you will need to keep the water clean and clear.
Only Use The Essentials
Another great way to reduce your chemical usage is to only use the hot tub chemicals that you absolutely need. While there are a wide variety of different chemicals available for use in hot tubs, balancing and sanitizing chemicals are the only absolutely essential ones. Others chemicals like anti-foam and clarifiers essentially just cover up water quality issues that can be better solved with proper maintenance and keeping the water balanced.
If your hot tub is experiencing consistent issues with foam, water clarity, or any other water quality issue, we recommend taking your water in for a professional water test instead of using these “bandaid solution” chemicals on a consistent basis.
Use A Nature 2 Spa Filter
Nature 2 Spa Filters are mineral filters that will reduce the amount of sanitizer that your hot tub water will require. Simply place the filter inside of your hot tub’s micro filter. The filter will then kill bacteria as water flows through the filter using anti-microbial minerals such as silver.
Run Your Filtration System 24 Hours Per Day
While often overlooked by most people, the filtration system is perhaps the most important component of a hot tub. Without a filter hot tub water would quickly fill with contaminants and make the hot tub unsafe to use. These contaminants come from both outside sources (leaves from trees, dust in the air) and from the bathers using the hot tub (sunscreen, makeup, deodorant, etc).
To combat this, hot tubs are equipped with a filtration system. These systems work by pumping the hot tub’s water through a microfilter, which traps contaminants and allows them to be easily removed from the hot tub water. By keeping the water moving, filtration systems also evenly distribute your sanitizer in the hot tub water.
Without that consistent movement, sanitizer levels in the water can become uneven. This leads to bacteria growth in the areas with low sanitizer which then spend the free sanitizer in the rest of the water. Over time this will lead to increased sanitizer use as well as the potential for cloudy water and algae growth.
Many hot tub owners will set their filtration systems to run for the minimum amount of time to save on their energy costs. Though it will increase your hot tub’s energy costs, running your filtration system for 24 hours per day will help to reduce your hot tub’s chemical usage and cost.
Keep Your Filters Clean
If you don’t regularly clean your hot tub filters you’re likely using more sanitizer than you need to. Sanitizing chemicals are designed to attack organic materials. This can be bacteria in the water or it can simply be the dirt and debris caught in your filter. The more sanitizer that gets used up fighting dirt and debris in your filter, the less is available to kill bacteria and the more you will need to add to keep the water clean and clear.
To maximize the efficiency of your sanitizing chemicals simply follow this standard hot tub filter maintenance schedule:
- Rinse the filter every 1-2 weeks in your sink or with a garden hose.
- Soak the filter in a hot tub filter cleaning solution every 3-4 months (regular cleaners will cause the water to become foamy).
- Replace the filter every 12-16 months, depending on how much the hot tub is used.
Get Rid Of Biofilm
Biofilm is a general term for any group of bacteria and other micro-organisms that stick themselves to a surface which is in regular contact with water. As they build up, these micro-organisms cover themselves in a protective layer of slime that is resistant to sanitizing chemicals. Over time biofilm will build up in the plumbing of any hot tub. This greatly increases the amount of sanitizer your hot tub needs as it constantly fight to remove the biofilm without success.
To remove biofilm buildup in your hot tub, simply add a specialized hot tub plumbing cleaner to the water before your drain and refill the hot tub. For exact instructions about how to use these cleaners, talk to one of our hot tub water care experts.
Shower Before Using The Hot Tub
One thing that many hot tub owners don’t consider is how they affect the balance and quality of their hot tub water. Your skin has quite a lot of extra particles sitting on it at any given time. Dead skin cells, lotions, deodorant, makeup and bacteria are all commonly found on the average person’s skin. Showering before getting into your hot tub helps to remove the majority of these extra particles so that they’re not added into your hot tub water.
Keeping these particles out of your hot tub water by having a quick shower before you get in will help to keep your water balanced; reducing the amount of sanitizing and balancing chemicals that you need to add to the water.
While it is not possible to safely run a hot tub without any chemicals, there are many ways to reduce the amount of chemicals that you do use. Whether you’re looking for a more “natural” bathing experience, or simply want to reduce your hot tub chemical costs, following these tips can help you run your hot tub safely and effectively while using less chemicals than ever before!