So, you have some free space in your backyard which is perfect for adding a spa or a pool. But the thing is, you just can’t decide between both these options? Of course, being able to soak in bubbly, warm water sure sounds enticing. But you also heard swimming is the best type of aerobic exercise which is just what you need after sitting in an office chair the whole day. A really tough decision, right?
But who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? A swim spa can offer you the benefits of a hot tub and a swimming pool at the same time. While it may not be as large as an in-ground swimming pool, the swim spa generates a current that you can swim against which makes a great exercise. So, if you think a swim spa is perfect for you, here are some important facts to consider.
Choosing the right shell material is very important, as it cannot be replaced should it fail to meet your expectations. Ideally, you should pick a shell that’s comfortable to the touch, easy to keep clean, and durable enough to last for years of use. That being said, swim spa pools are usually made of acrylic, fibreglass, and vinyl liners. Acrylic has a nice, smooth finish for a genuine “spa feel”. However, it’s prone to fading which can make it look older than it really is. Swim spas made of vinyl are the most affordable. However, vinyl is a softer material which means you need to be very careful around it. Fibreglass, on the other hand, has a high-end look and can be easily repaired if damaged.
Owning a swim spa means being faced with the ongoing costs of running it. So, if you want to reduce your long-term energy costs, you need to ensure that it’s energy efficient before buying it. A spa with an insulated shell can keep the water warm for longer, which means that the heater doesn’t need to be on all the time. What’s more, additional insulation around the cabinet can prevent the heat generated by heater and the pumps from escaping. You can also reduce energy costs with the help of pressurized filtration which can turn off or reduce the power of the jets once a certain amount of pressure is achieved. And keep in mind, the smaller the swim spa, the less energy it will be required to power it.
Ease of Maintenance
Of course, you’ll want to use your swim spa for fun and relaxation, but there’s nothing relaxing in cleaning and maintenance. So, obviously, you’ll want to invest in a swim spa that’s easy to maintain. Low-maintenance swim spa pools have good filters which keep the dirt and debris off the bottom, thus preventing the surface from getting dirty easily. But to keep the swim spa safe, you also need to disinfect it regularly. That being said, a shell that’s lined with Microban can provide continuous antibacterial and anti-fungal protection.