• How a HEATSHIELD™ Saves You Money

    How a HEATSHIELD™ Saves You Money

    Before the fast pace and burgeoning bills of the holidays, the Fall is a great time to save money. Plus, you need a hot tub cover to seal in heat during the cooler months, so it’s worth remembering how critical your cover choice is to energy efficiency and cost savings.

    How Investing in a Heatshield Cover = Cost Savings

    A HEATSHIELD™ by Beachcomber is designed for maximum energy efficiency and boasts 45% more insulating power than industry standard hot tub covers. Designed to lock in your hot tub’s heat and energy, the HEATSHIELD™ will save you up to $500 per year in heating costs!*

     

    Why is this? What makes a HEATSHIELD hot tub cover perform better?

    Made in Canada

    Every Beachcomber HEATSHIELD™ is proudly made in Canada with quality materials and craftsmanship, making it an investment that will withstand the elements and last the test of time.

    Heat-Sealed Construction

    The airtight, heat-seal design effectively keeps the cold air out, which will maximize the longevity and performance of your cover.

    Durable Against All Elements

    Reinforced light-weight aluminum keeps the structure of your cover looking like new. Mildew, moisture, and UV rays are simply no match against the marine grade vinyl skin!

    Two Year Guarantee

    We stand behind our products. This is our commitment to our customers. Our HEATSHIELD™ will perform as promised.

     

    Consider also:

    Given how critical a high performing cover is to conserve heat, save electrical costs and keep dirt and debris out of your hot tub, we cannot overemphasize the importance of its regular use. When well maintained, the HEATSHIELD™ is very easy to remove. And combining it with a cover lifter will make nightly use even easier. The Airlift and Slide ‘n Store Extreme are two options worth checking out!

     

    And if you purchase your HEATSHIELD™ before October 8th, you’ll get a FREE Drain & Fill Tote (valued at $129).

     

    *Compared to tapered 3” nominal 1 lbs EPS foam cover. Based on typical annual heating costs in the Pacific Northwest

  • Choosing the Best Placement for Your Hot Tub

    Choosing the Best Placement for Your Hot Tub

    As the weather worsens, keep in mind that the oasis of the Beachcomber in your backyard is just a few steps away. Or so it should be. By keeping your hot tub close to your home and easily accessible, you’ll be able to quickly step in and enjoy its incredible hydrotherapeutic benefits, even throughout the rains of fall and deep freeze of winter.

    Placing Your Hot Tub

    Beachcomber owners surveyed say that the optimal placement for your hot tub is within 10 feet from your back door. You’ll also want it conveniently located to a place inside for drying and changing and close to a water line and hose for filling.

    Also ask yourself the following questions:

    • Who will get the most use out of the hot tub? If you have small children, safety will undoubtedly be one of your top concerns, so factor in any railings, shrubs, trees or overhanging gutters as obstacles, when planning placement for space efficiency.
    • Will you be inviting friends out to enjoy it? Is seclusion your main goal? Or would you prefer a more central location? If seclusion is your preference, think about building an enclosure or putting it in a gazebo-like structure, with curtains that can be closed or open.
    • Will you have to install any privacy features? A small space can lend itself well to a cozy hot tub installation, but you may have to think about shielding accessories such as patio umbrellas or strategic shrub placement.

     

    And remember to plan your delivery route as well, for a smooth and efficient installation process. For more on installation best practices, download the Beachcomber Hot Tubs Pre-Delivery Guide.

    When deciding on placement, keep in mind that a Beachcomber hot tub can sit on any foundation that is level and can support its weight. Cement patio tiles or interlocking bricks are just some of the relatively simple solutions for you to create a solid foundation for your hot tub. Just ensure you avoid installation in a low area where water may accumulate and damage the equipment, and that your hot tub is positioned so access to the equipment compartment will not be blocked.

     

    Beachcomber Tip:

    Remember to keep your hot tub covered when not in use and placed far enough away from low hanging branches to save you time and energy in cleaning out tree needles, leaves, branches, or sap.

     

  • #National Read A Book Day

    #National Read A Book Day

    As the season of pumpkin spiced everything and cozy sweaters nears, it’s time to replace the beach novels on your reading list with some Fall themed reads, in honour of today’s National Read a Book Day!

    Below are 5 book suggestions to get you into the mood of autumn, as you enjoy these from the warmth of your Beachcomber!

     

    Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova

    Fall weather is perfect for cozying up indoors, but you can also travel far via the stories you read. For a new adventure, check out Bulgarian-born writer Kapka Kassabova’s Border, in which she revisits the country of her birth decades after the end of Soviet rule.

     

    The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

    In keeping with the spookiness of fall, check out Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits, which can segue nicely into Halloween. This family saga centers on the descendants of Clara del Valle, a Chilean woman with psychic powers, who can predict the misfortunes that will befall her family.

     

    The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Nothing is more relaxing than letting go of past regrets and future worries, and just being in the present moment. The Miracle of Mindfulness reminds us to stop and just be and is a necessary reminder in our technology saturated lives, which makes it a worthy hot tub read.

     

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett

    Fall’s changing leaves create a comforting sense of things being brought full-circle. A circular novel for your list is Brit Bennett’s The Mothers, in which a young woman must return to her hometown and reunite with the best friend and former lover she left behind, who have since become involved with one another.

     

    Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

    Fall’s nostalgic undertones align with the vintage spirit of a book like Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type, a collection of short stories tied with a common element: the typewriter.

     

     

     

  • How to Accessorize Your Backyard

    How to Accessorize Your Backyard

    Say friends are on their way over to your place. Are they coming apprehensively, excited to see you, but knowing that they’ll have to suffer some less than stellar outdoor décor and possibly balance their glasses of sangria in their laps? It doesn’t have to be that way!

    Check out these ideas for accessorizing your backyard, before the summer is over.

    Stock up on these five items, and an invite to your backyard oasis will be what everyone *hopes for* in this heat.

     

    1. Patio umbrella

    Install some decorative shade and shelter your guests with an umbrella that provides both relief from the sun’s rays and accentuates the design aesthetic of your space. Cantilever umbrellas are a great versatile option for flexible placement.

    Kayleigh 10.5′ Cantilever Umbrella

     

    2. Patio seating

    While patio furniture options are plentiful, if you invest wisely in your seating, it can last for many summers to come. If your outdoor space is minimal, a patio bar set may be your best choice. Otherwise, check out some conversation sets, which can feel like you’ve brought your living room outside. For pops of colour, versatile ceramic stools are the perfect size to use as small end tables or pull-up seating, and enhance the playful vibe of summer.

    Diep Outdoor Complete 4 Piece Rattan Sofa Seating Group

     

    3. BBQ Set

    What’s a summer gathering of friends without food? Unless you plan to serve cheese and crackers, an outdoor grill will be critical for feeding hungry guests and fuelling kids for a day of outdoor fun.

    Performance 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Cabinet

     

    4. Lighting

    Whether your style is rustic, and you have a soft spot for tiki torches, or your aim is elegance and strings of white lights are more your style, outdoor lighting is a non-negotiable when it comes to foundational backyard accessories.

    25-Light Globe String Lights

     

    5. Beachcomber Hot Tub

    And finally, the grand piece de resistance! A hot tub is the best way to gather loved ones while enjoying soothing hydrotherapy and relaxation. With or without a drink in hand, there is no better place for connection and conversation than in the warmth of your hot tub. And August is the last month to grab an Anniversary Edition Beachcomber, so make the most of the rest of your summer and order yours today!

     

    If you want to extend the relaxation theme of your hot tub, but don’t have an extensive backyard garden, remember that potted plants are an easy — and often inexpensive — way to define your deck. Try a variety of plants and flowers to mimic a lush landscape and use lightweight fiberglass pots to make your garden portable.

     

    If your backyard contains all of the above, pour yourself a refreshing beverage and congratulate yourself on a job well done!

     

  • Tips for New Hot Tub Buyers

    Tips for New Hot Tub Buyers

    A hot tub can be an amazing investment for you and your family, and offer incredible benefits in therapy, relaxation, and stress-relief right at home. That said, hot tubs are a big investment and your hot tub purchase needs to be researched and evaluated before you make a decision on the right model for you. That means digging deeper than just the upfront costs and flashy gimmicks (do you really need a TV that pops out of the side?), and looking at what really makes a hot tub, a quality choice.

    Ask yourself the following questions if you’re considering buying a hot tub:

    What is my budget & what do I really need to spend up-front?

    Hot tub pricing can vary from $4,000 up to well over $20,000 depending on the retailer. Different price points can reflect different features, jetting, and size. When you’re making your decision for which hot tub to buy, you should start with quality. You also need to consider how much your hot tub will cost to operate over time and the expected life and durability based on product reviews. These factors, combined with your initial purchase price, will give you a better estimate of the lifetime cost of this investment.

    Where is the hot tub going?

    As you comparatively shop, you’ll start to find that most hot tubs are square or rectangular (the 321 is the only model we offer in a circular shape) and have a footprint between 6 and 8 feet. Before you enter into a showroom or start looking at models online, measure out the space where you intend to place your tub. Keep in mind, you will need an added space of 1 to 2 feet around at least two-sides of the hot tub to allow for maintenance and accommodate accessories.

    How many seats do you need? 

    If you are planning on using your hot tub for yourself or you and your spouse, a smaller 2-4 person capacity will be perfect. If you are a family of 5 and are looking for something you and your kids can enjoy together socially, look for a spa that fits more. When you’re looking at hot tubs, remember that price doesn’t necessarily equal number of seats. We have large and small hot tubs across our 700, 500, and 300 Series, so your budget doesn’t mean you won’t be able to afford a larger tub. If you have children, finding a model with a cool-down seat is important as it allows smaller bodies to safely perch higher above the water.

    What is the primary way you’ll be using it?

    Are you looking for a place for friends? For you and your spouse? Or is it deep-tissue hydrotherapy you’re after? There’s plenty of models that offer all of these benefits, but when you’re looking at how to maximize your investment, it’s smart to weigh your expectations and prioritize which benefits are the most important to you.

    If you are looking for a place for entertaining large groups, go for size and seating. If you are looking for more advanced jetting and massage seating, then look at options that have more horsepower and ergonomic moulding. This will also help you determine whether features like a lounger seat or a built-in sound system are really something you will get use of.

    What’s it made of? 

    Most high-quality hot tubs are made with acrylic. Acrylic is a hard, durable plastic that is resistant to chemical and UV damage. When you look at hot tubs at a lower price point from unreliable manufacturers, you are likely seeing moulding that is made from rotary plastics. This is the same kind of material you will find in a kayak or a portable table. This is why it is so important to pay particular attention and educate yourself on the materials that are used. Ensure you find a durable, acrylic shell that is stain and scratch resistant, long-lasting cabinetry, and look for an intuitive control system that is accessible and easy-to-use at nighttime.

    What about on-going costs? 

    It should come as no surprise that hot tubs require electricity to heat and circulate water, and power the jets and lights. New hot tub owners should therefore expect a rise in their electricity bill following installation. So how much? That really depends on the type of hot tub you end up buying (many tubs list out their estimated energy usage online, so be sure to check up and compare), the temperature you set the water, and the frequency of use. Outside of the hot tub itself, fluctuations will also occur due to the climate you live in and the cost of electricity in your specific location.

     

    So what’s the best way to make the best decision for you? Do your research online about the questions above, find reviews from existing owners, and if you can, try before you buy! When you come into your local Beachcomber Store you can not only find all the answers you’re looking for, you can also try it for yourself with a wet test!

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