• The Importance of Insulation in a Hot Tub’s Construction

    The Importance of Insulation in a Hot Tub’s Construction

    As the permanent chill of winter weather creeps in, and you’re considering purchasing a hot tub, the cost of operation may be an understandable concern for you. At Beachcomber, we pride ourselves in our hot tubs being among the most energy efficient in the world! Energy optimization, and its resulting savings to you as an owner, is built into the construction of every tub we produce.

    The key to minimizing heat loss and maximizing efficiency is hot tub insulation

    Fully insulating the interior cavity of the hot tub is something that Beachcomber Hot Tubs continues to lead the industry in. Our patented Hybrid4™ technology allowed us to move the interior equipment outside the hot tub cavity and under the step instead. This in turn enabled us to insulate all four walls of the hot tub, blocking moisture and heat from escaping the shell on all sides. Just like the walls of your home, insulation is needed to prevent the transfer of heat out of the vessel. The insulation we use is a specially formulated foam product made right in our British Columbia factory, that is blown in and expands to fill every crevice of the cavity. After it dries, it cures and hardens, making the hot tub into an integrated unit to keep the heat inside. Independent reports also support Beachcomber’s Eco-design method of this Cavity Fill insulation by stating that “For purposes of efficiency, more insulation is better.” This is something you’ll see across all Beachcomber models and price points.

    Along with saving you money on energy costs, the insulation allows the interior equipment to run at a consistent temperature, which ensures long equipment life, and maintains your desired water temperature. The foundation also plays an important role in the efficiency of your hot tub purchase. Look for a model that has a sturdy foundation, like the PERMA-SEAL™ in all Beachcomber models, that stops the internal insulated foam cavity from absorbing moisture and heat.

     

  • Why Giving Your Feet a Break is the Key to Staying Active

    Why Giving Your Feet a Break is the Key to Staying Active

    With the hours spent Christmas shopping and the overall hustle and bustle of preparing for the holidays, your feet are surely craving a break. But there’s a better way to accomplish this than by lying back and putting your feet up. Research has shown that soaking your feet in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes can do wonders not only for your well-being and mood, but also for alleviating chronic aches and pains – both in your feet and beyond.

    Our feet are what carry us around all day after all. Yet, when it comes to caring for our bodies, they seem to be some of the last parts we consider.

    Looking specifically at how we could create a hydrotherapeutic experience that effectively targets and helps alleviate pain points in this often over-looked part of our bodies, the team at Beachcomber embarked on delivering a massage configuration that would give users all the benefits of a professional foot massage, while enjoying the comforts of being at home.

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs’ Reflex Foot Massage Jets

    Providing intense jetting power to the feet, the Reflex Foot Massage (RFM) fixture fits into our spacious footwell. The upward jetting ensures that you are getting full relief to the one area you really may need it the most.

    As Reflexology shows, your entire body is represented by and connected to your feet, meaning that caring for that part of your body can improve the health and wellness of all of your limbs and organs. While improved mood and increased relaxation are some of the benefits of our Reflex Foot Massage jets, listed below are a few more (you might not expect)!

    Improves Circulation
    Although we use our feet to get around all-day long, the muscles in them don’t actually get too much of a workout. This prevents adequate blood flow in your feet, causing pain and stiffness. Adding a 10-20 minute massage session to your daily hot tub soak will greatly improve blood circulation in your feet, as well as cut down on the foot pain experienced in everyday life.

    Prevents Foot and Ankle Injuries
    By improving the blood circulation in your foot, RFM jets help with the recovery and strengthening of the muscles in your feet. Adding foot and ankle strengthening exercises and stretching can further prevent injuries and speed up recovery time.

    Lowers Blood Pressure
    High blood pressure has become very common among people in our high stress society. A 10-minute foot massage session three times a week can significantly reduce the stress inflicted upon your body by the effects of high blood pressure and anxiety.

    Helps Relieve Pain from Flat Feet
    People with collapsed arches or flat feet often experience pain after physical activity because of inflammation and ligament damage. Regular deep massages from our RFM jets can help ease or even cure these pains.

     

  • Cyber Monday: Tips for Shopping Online

    Cyber Monday: Tips for Shopping Online

    In recent years Cyber Monday has become somewhat of an extension of a week of Black Friday promotions following the American Thanksgiving holiday. Shoppers have more choice – and more chances to save – than ever before. But doing so can take work. And scoring a great deal can’t be the only goal when you sit down at your computer, credit card in hand. With this being the worst time of year for identity theft and computer fraud, you need to stay safe as well.

     

    Below are some tips we’ve gathered for a successful Cyber Monday shopping experience!

     

    1. Bookmark your favourite retailers’ websites

    Bookmarking helps you stay organized when planning your shopping and is particularly useful if you’re looking for holiday gifts for multiple people, to efficiently compare deals on similar products. And to get a sense of what will be most steeply discounted, it’s a good idea to Google previous years’ sales by the same retailers. While deals will vary from year to year, you can make quite reliable predictions, given that electronics, clothing and apparel, and cosmetics are all Cyber Monday stalwarts.

     

    1. Follow retailers on social media

    This can be the best way to stay up to date on late breaking retail promotions. Twitter can be a worthwhile place to look for information about time-limited deals and sales on specific products or product categories. Facebook is better for highly targeted, hopefully relevant offers. Once you follow a retailer’s Facebook page and browse their website with cookies enabled, you’ll likely notice Facebook ads for products like those you’ve already viewed. Pinterest and Instagram are great for visual shoppers who want to see the products they’re considering in context before they buy, but not ideal for deal-hunting, given their brevity.

     

    1. Research shipping and return policies and fees

    Many retailers offer free shipping on Cyber Monday, even if they don’t at other times of year. So unless you have no alternate options for the product you’re considering, you can hold pretty steadfastly to the expectation of free shipping. But make sure that you investigate the return policies as well, and call customer support if they’re unclear online. Any lurking return shipping charges and restocking fees can eat into your potential refund or store credit if you end up regretting your purchase.

     

    1. Set and stick to a firm budget (avoid upselling)

    If you aim to be a savvy shopper this Cyber Monday, you may need to use some self restraint to avoid the lure of add ons or upselling to premium versions of your chosen item(s). And as today is a day of deals, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll be swamped by such offers. As a general rule of thumb, keep your holiday shopping budget on the conservative side. Because try as you might, there’s a good chance you’ll overshoot your projected spending.

     

    1. Avoid sites with poor security practices

    Don’t gamble with your identity. Stay away from retail sites with questionable security practices. You should never enter credit card information on pages that don’t begin with an “https” prefix in the URL. This indicates SSL — an encryption protocol that makes it much more difficult for credit card information and personal data to be compromised during transactions. And if you’re shopping on a mobile device, download your favorite retailers’ verified apps too. Apps downloaded from legitimate sources, such as the Google or Apple Play Stores, are much less likely to pose threats.

     

    1. Shop in incognito or private mode

    Cookies stored on your computer when you browse retail sites can affect the deals or prices that you’re later shown. Shopping in incognito mode isn’t a foolproof way to mask your identity to retailers, but it can make you eligible for deals not available to someone with your browsing or purchasing history.

     

     

  • Best Practices for Winterizing Your Hot Tub

    Best Practices for Winterizing Your Hot Tub

    Think ahead to winter. Is your hot tub featuring prominently in your plans? While some hot tub owners put their tub to sleep over the winter, these are usually the best months for soaking in it. And if you do a drain and fill in the fall, you’ll have your tub in top shape when winter rolls around. So unless you’re leaving home for a warmer destination, or your hot tub is at a cabin/cottage where you don’t live permanently, read on for steps for winterizing your hot tub to use it year round.

     

    How to Winterize Your Hot Tub

    To continue using your hot tub in the winter:

    1. Stock up on sanitizer for the winter and continue to add chemicals as you did in the summer.
    2. Keep an eye on your tub water level, as your water can freeze and cause problems with the heater and pumps.
    3. Assure the tub maintains its temperature so that the piping doesn’t freeze.
    4. Secure the Heatshield cover onto your hot tub

     

    Alternately, if you want to hibernate your hot tub for the winter:

    1. Make sure all electrical components are turned off, including the breaker.
    2. Open all jets and control valves before draining the tub.
    3. Drain the tub as per normal and remove the plumbing assembly from the jet pump return line and heater inlet. Please consult your Owner’s Guide for details.
    4. Blow air into these lines with a Shop Vac, then suck the water out of the tub and from the pumps.
    5. Clean and dry the shell.
    6. Pour RV anti-freeze into the floor drain and secure the Heatshield cover onto your hot tub.

     

  • Essentials For New Hot Tub Buyers

    Essentials For New Hot Tub Buyers

    A hot tub is an incredible lifetime investment into a healthier, happier lifestyle at home. Offering unparalleled benefits in therapy, relaxation, and stress-relief, a hot tub is the perfect way to make 2019 the best year yet for the whole family.

    Once you decide on the model that best fits your budget and needs, you also need to think about what accessories you’ll need to maintain and get the best possible use from your investment. We’ve compiled a cheat-sheet below on the essentials we believe new owners need to invest into:

    What You Need For Your Beachcomber Hot Tub®

    Water Care Products

    To use your hot tub frequently, you’ll need a water treatment program that keeps the massaging waters clear and safe for use. We have developed a healthier alternative to traditional treatment programs with our Care Free line-up of products. Replacing water conditioners such as sequestering agents, oxidizers, biofilm disruptors, and clarifiers, this 4-in-1 solution delivers the clearest results, with less product and time. As a new owner, it’s important to find a water care system that is manageable and meets your safety requirements. Care Free offers the gold standard!   

    GFCI Circuit Breaker

    As almost all standard hot tubs are designed with a 240 voltage, prior to installation you will need a GFCI Circuit Breaker to ensure your hot tub runs smoothly. Designed for easy installation by a qualified electrician, you have the choice of a 40, 50, or 60 amp units to facilitate your installation.

    Cover Lifter

    Hot tub covers can be heavy, and are susceptible to damage if left to sit on the ground each time you use your hot tub. A cover removal system solves both problems, allowing you to easily remove and replace your cover, while keeping it safe from damage. This is especially important for frequent hot tub users, and those suffering from chronic back and muscle pains. A well-built, durable hot tub cover lifter is an investment you shouldn’t think twice about making.

    5-Year Premium Guarantee

    When you buy a Beachcomber Hot Tub®, we want you to feel as safe and secure in your investment as possible. By upgraded to our 5-Year Extended Premium Guarantee, you’ll have total peace of mind with 5 years of coverage on major components of your hot tub.

  • #WorldKindnessDay: Ways to Spread a Little Kindness for the Holidays!

    #WorldKindnessDay: Ways to Spread a Little Kindness for the Holidays!

    With the holidays nearing and the hectic social calendar that they entail, it can be tough to carve out time for yourself. And tougher still to remember to make small gestures that can make a difference in the lives of others. World Kindness Day is today, and one way to celebrate is to do something thoughtful for a friend or loved one, or to reconnect with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Of course, sometimes it’s not friends but strangers who need the most kindness, especially around the approaching holidays.

    Check out this list of 20 random acts of kindness and make a small gesture today that can be paid forward!

     

    • Pay for someone’s groceries behind you in line.
    • Pay for the lunch of people behind you at a fast food restaurant or behind you in the drive thru.
    • Take flowers to the nurse’s station at your local hospital – the nurses will know who needs them most.
    • Donate coloring books and boxes of new crayons to the hospital’s pediatric wing.
    • Take lunch, cookies, or cupcakes to your local fire department and/or police department.
    • Leave extra time in the parking meter or fill an expired or about to expire parking meter.
    • Put change in a row of vending machines.
    • Buy extra groceries for the local food bank.
    • Pick up the tab for a random table at a restaurant.
    • Tape cash or a gift card on a random gas pump.
    • Visit with senior citizens at a nursing home.
    • Hand out gloves and mittens to the homeless or leave them on park benches.
    • Bring coffee to construction workers, police on shift, or anyone working outside.
    • Be understanding of traveling parents with fussy or noisy kids.
    • Help someone load their groceries.
    • Offer to return someone’s shopping cart to the store.
    • Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line.
    • Give a hot drink to the person ringing the Salvation Army bell.
    • Leave candy canes on the windshields of random cars.
    • Invite someone you suspect will be alone to spend your holiday celebrations with you.

     

    No matter how small the gesture, the significance of an unexpected and thoughtful act will be unforgettable. And by showing kindness to others, whether friends or strangers, you can inspire them to do the same, in the real spirit of #WorldKindnessDay! You can then sit back in the warmth of your Beachcomber tonight, feeling warm and bubbly on the inside as well as the outside.

     

  • CARE FREE WATER CARE

    CARE FREE WATER CARE

    Keeping your hot tub water clean, balanced, and safe for everyone to enjoy is the biggest part of owning a Beachcomber.

    The reality today is that hot tub water care has never been easier or less time consuming — just taking a few minutes per week – as long as you subscribe to a treatment program that meets the needs of you and your family.

    Choosing the right water program comes down to asking yourself a few key questions:

    • How important is having an easy to follow program?
    • Is lessening the amount of ‘chemicals’ required for safe, clear, clean water, a priority?
    • Are you planning to use your hot tub frequently?
    • Is dry skin a concern?

    If the answer is yes to any or all of the above, Beachcomber Hot Tubs has the perfect system for you: CARE FREE.

    This easy to use 4-in-1 water care system does away with a host of conditioning products by integrating water clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, metal sequestering agents, and multi-oxidizing components into a single two product system: CARE FREE + CARE FREE BOOST™.

    With 4 conditioning products, all available within a single bottle of CARE FREE, you cut down on cost and the number of products you need to achieve the best results.

    What about sensitive skin?

    Beachcomber’s SOFT™ is a natural  boron salt that moisturizes your skin and makes the water silky and just pleasant to be in. SOFT™ is optimized for the CARE FREE water care system and is universally compatible with all water care systems. Add a little in, and you’ll be able to feel the effects as you soak!

    So remember, CARE FREE is the perfect solution for avid hot tub use!

    And you only need to add CARE FREE once a week and a little CARE FREE BOOST™ after each hot tub use.

     

    Beachcomber’s Water Care products include everything you need to maintain your hot tub water! 

    Beachcomber Hot Tubs Care Free Products

  • How To De-Stress Naturally

    How To De-Stress Naturally

    Think a hot tub is an unaffordable luxury you can only enjoy on vacation? It’s far more than just a place to entertain and unwind with friends, it’s an unrivalled investment into your personal health and wellness. This is particularly true if you suffer, like so many of us do, from chronic stress in your day-to-day life.

    The physical and mental symptoms of stress manifest is all different sorts of ways. From feeling foggy, agitated, and anxious, to chronic tension and tiredness. More serious issues from untreated high stress levels include heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Research has even shown that up to 80% of disease is stress related.

    While avoiding stress entirely might not be a realistic possibility, there are management tools that can keep your body and mind on track, especially in the midst of the busy holiday season!

    Using A Hot Tub To Reduce Daily Stress

    A Beachcomber Hot Tub® offers the perfect vehicle for stress-relief in your daily routine. Studies have shown that immersing yourself in warm water, upwards of 102 degrees F, puts your body into a deeply relaxed state. This is partly because of the reaction it creates in your nervous system, helping calm the body in the same methodology of deep meditation.

    For physical tension relief, the water supports upwards of 90% of your total body weight, reliving stress from the joints and muscles and making you feel totally weightless. The massaging FlexJets, meanwhile, reduce stress hormones and promote the natural release of endorphins, which are natural mood elevators and pain killers.

    Not only are hot tubs fun and enjoyable, but they can also help to give you a happier and more pleasant life through relaxation. If you’re interested in learning more about hot tubs, check out our Buyer’s Guide below.

  • Outdoor Decorating Tips For Fall

    Outdoor Decorating Tips For Fall

    Just because it’s a little colder outside doesn’t mean it’s time to shut the door on your backyard and wait for spring! Fall is a spectacular time of the year to enjoy your outdoor living space. So what’s the best way to accessorize your space for fall? Here’s a few easy ways to create the perfect autumn atmosphere:

    The first step is to design your patio space like any indoor living space when you are coming up with your concept. That means thinking about furnishings, lighting, colour, accents and design flow – but also keeping in mind maintenance, particularly for an all-season space. Then comes the fun part!

    Autumn Backyard Design Tips

    Update with fall colours and textures

    Cushions are a great way to add comfort as well as infuse colour into your outdoor spaces. For fall, you can switch them up with rich hues and create a totally new design feel without having to spend a lot of money. When you are shopping, make sure you select cushions with an outdoor fabric that is UV and water resistant for added durability.

    Find foliage for the season

    There are lots of plant and flower options that capture the feeling of fall with classic autumn hues of orange, gold, russet, and bronze. Head over to your local nursery and discover the selection of durable arrangements and planters that will highlight the warmth of the season.

    Add-in lighting accents

    With shorter days, you will undeniably need to add in a heater and lighting to keep your patio space functional during the fall season. Include an array of outdoor lighting by starting with porch lights that illuminate access to the house and provide ambient lighting. For dining and conversation zones, candlelight, wall mount downlights, or dimmable electric lamps create a relaxed mood. Steps and walkways should be illuminated for safety. You can also use solar-powered lights or low voltage lights to add drama and interest to the landscape and to highlight paths. Combine a mix of lighting sources to make your backyard getaway a magical place after dark.

    Invest in a hot tub

    For long, relaxing soaks at the start, middle, or end of the day, a Beachcomber Hot Tub is your must-have, can’t live without accessory. There’s no feeling like stepping out in the cool crisp air, and slipping into the warm massaging waters. By creating a perfect fall ambience in your backyard space, you’ll highlight the relaxation and calm you feel as you enjoy daily use of your personal backyard oasis!

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