• How to Fight the Winter Blues

    How to Fight the Winter Blues

    If the winter months have you feeling particularly blah, don’t despair! Taking a tropical vacation is not the only way to get away, when you invest in a daily hot tub escape.

    Winter blues are usually caused by a combination of missing the energizing effect of longer days of sunlight and feeling stir crazy with less opportunities for getting outdoors in the cold. Combat this with the year-round outdoor retreat that a hot tub in your yard can provide.

    In addition to giving you a reason to get up off the couch and into fresh air, winter time hot tub soaking will rejuvenate you, improving both your health and your temperament.

     

    The following health benefits of hot tub soaking will help keep the winter blues at bay:

     

    1) Balancing hormones

    Studies have shown that soaking in hot water results in a combination of increased blood flow and relaxed breathing, which in turn causes an increase in levels of “happy” hormones like serotonin and dopamine, and a decrease in “stress” hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. This balance in hormones can help to treat the emotional and physical symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

     

    2) Achieving deeper sleep

    The heat of hot tub water naturally raises your core body temperature. As you exit, your body temperature will enter a cooling period. This process mimics the pattern of body temperature changes before and during sleep, which ultimately helps you achieve a deeper sleep. And improved sleep is one of the best weapons you can have to combat stress on an ongoing basis.

     

    3) Mental reprieve from physical symptoms

    Whether your ailment is standard post-workout muscle soreness or advanced arthritis, physical pain understandably takes a toll on mental energy. While your body is healing inside the bubbling water of your hot tub, your mind will be freed from thoughts of pain. Use this opportunity to practice letting go of other mentally draining thoughts, such as work worries or routine responsibilities, and just focus on indulging in the solitude of your backyard oasis.

     

    4) Opportunity for meditation

    If you’ve ever wished you could master clearing your mind and achieving perfect serenity, your hot tub is the perfect place to practice meditation. You can use aromatherapy candles (in soothing scents of lavender or vanilla), and play calming nature sounds to help distract you from racing thoughts. Practice taking slow deep belly breaths as you focus on the warm water enveloping your body, and the strains of the music, if you choose to use it. Begin with a goal of 4-5 minutes of consistent focus, and slowly work your way up to sessions of 15 minutes. Eventually, you’ll be able to harness the calmness and clarity that you can achieve here, and call upon it during moments of stress in your day.

     

    And just remember to stay mindful of your water temperature and level during the winter months, for maximum energy efficiency..

     

    Water Temperature

    The idea that you’ll save money by raising and lowering the temperature of your hot tub water in the winter months is a misconception. In fact, the colder it gets, the longer it takes for your hot tub to heat up. This means that it’s more economical to leave the water at a constant temperature, which will also keep the water from freezing in the pipes. And of course, make sure to cover your tub as soon as you’ve finished soaking, to seal in the heat.

     

    Water Level

    If you don’t use your hot tub every day, make sure to check the water levels regularly. Should they drop too low, the pumps and heater may stop working, which can cause the water to freeze.

     

    Experiencing any such winter-related issues would certainly NOT help in fighting the winter blues!

  • Staycation Vs. Vacation

    Staycation Vs. Vacation

    Have you ever felt like you need a vacation from your vacation?

    The stress of vacation.

    If stress-relief and relaxation are your goals for your time away, often “getting away” can become a bigger headache all in and of itself. Before you set foot in your chosen locale, there’s often endless hours of planning, packing, and prepping for you and the family to be all set to go. And while on vacation, many of us are guilty of overstuffing our trips with as many activities as possible.

    It’s no wonder then, that 50% of Americans polled said they need two days to unwind after returning from their vacation, and 50% need more than two days, according to a study from the Families and Work Institute.

    Then there’s the cost:

    According to an American Express Survey, 31% of traveler plan on spending more than $1,000 per person for a week long family holiday. That means that a family of four could be looking at spending at least $4,000 for a quick getaway.

    What’s The Lesson Here?

    A relaxing escape does not have to mean jetting off to an exotic locale. Instead, build the perfect escape at home, and find refuge in it every single day. By investing in a long term, permanent place at home to break your routine, relax, and refresh your body, you’ll be able to enjoy the euphoria of a vacation escape, as part of your daily ritual.

    So this summer, instead of stressing over how to find the time and money to plan an extravagant vacation, spend some time playing closer to home.

    And remember, a high-quality hot tub not only adds to your daily well-being, it can also add to the value of your home, and provide the perfect centrepiece for a dream backyard makeover.

    Check out a few tips on building the perfect backyard oasis to staycate to!

  • How Much Does A Hot Tub Really Cost in 2019

    How Much Does A Hot Tub Really Cost in 2019

    A hot tub is a long-term, life-changing investment. Finding the right model can make all the difference between a hot tub you absolutely love, and one that’s left unused after a few years in your backyard. So how can you shop wisely and confidently for your home spa? 

     

    When it comes to budget, the sticker price of a hot tub only tells you part of the story…

     

    Up-front costs can sometimes leave prospective buyers second guessing their decision, but it’s important to maintain a long-term perspective and the expected lifespan and operational costs of your investment. When you go with a low-budget hot tub, you’re looking at a very short-term, no-frills experience. A Beachcomber Hot Tub, on the other hand, can last 15 to 20 years or longer with proper maintenance and water care.

     

    Hot tubs at or below the $5,000 price point are most often so poorly insulated you’ll end up paying hundreds more each year to operate them than if you invest in a quality construction. That’s why at Beachcomber Hot Tubs, we use the same construction standards and materials across every model.

     

    When it comes to construction, look closely at the insulation, the density of the cover you choose, the pump, and the heaters. Essentially, a high-quality construction is going to be able to maintain and circulate heat at a much, much more efficient rate than a flimsy, poorly insulated cheaper option. More on factors to look for in your hot tub!

     

    First-Time Buyer’s Tip
    When you’re comparing your budgets to the models available, we recommend that you make a list of “must-haves” vs. “nice-to-haves”. These lists will help you understand the available options in the price range.

     

    Many first-time hot tub buyers are unaware of the potential additional costs relating to installation. Depending on the model and location you choose, additional services may be required to ensure a smooth installation from electrical wiring to landscaping. The pre-delivery guide offered by Beachcomber should help guide you in getting a fuller picture of the checkboxes you need to have covered in this process. Be sure to ask your dealer about any items that you are still unclear on and ensure you are not going to be caught off guard by any additional fees.  

    Buy Now & Pay Later With Beachcomber

    We are also proud to offer the opportunity for new owners to set-up a financing structure, with bi-weekly payments as low as $29.00. You can increase the payments at any time if you want to pay off your purchase faster, with zero penalty!

  • How a Hot Tub Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

    How a Hot Tub Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

    With 2019 now well under way, it may be a good time to check in with yourself on your New Year’s resolution progress. It’s also a good time to reflect on the fact that not all resolutions have to involve giving something up. In fact, by making your hot tub a pivotal part of any New Year’s resolutions for health, you can add a wellness routine that keeps giving back. By taking advantage of your hot tub, in combination with your diet and exercise goals, you will likely find it easier to achieve improved wellness this year. If your resolution involves losing weight and you pair improved nutrition with more regular exercise, consider a pre-workout soak in your Beachcomber. If done in the morning, this can also be a great time to focus on your goals and plan for the day ahead. Enjoying a post-workout soak can serve as an impactful reward for following through on your regular commitment to exercise.

    Some Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution:

     

    Write your resolution down

    The first mistake can be not recording your resolution. Writing it down will help you prioritize your vow for the new year and prevent you from falling back into bad habits.

     

    Do all you can to make your resolution into a daily habit

    Try to format your resolution in a way that allows you to make daily steps (however small) towards achieving it.

     

    Make your resolution something you are passionate about

    If your New Year’s resolution focuses on something you are passionate about improving, you’re much more likely to follow through with it than if your motivator for change were guilt.

     

    Be sure to tell someone close to you about your resolution

    Peer pressure can be a valuable motivator in sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Friends and family checking in can be a useful counter against cravings or reluctance to work out.

     

    Celebrate your milestones

    Reward yourself (perhaps monthly), for sticking with your plan. Maintaining a positive outlook and recognizing your determination will help you stay on track.

     

    Equip yourself for success

    If living healthier and happier is the focus of your resolution, make sure you have what you need to be successful. A hot tub not only soothes and relieves post workout muscle pain and tension, it also alleviates stress and anxiety, and helps you sleep soundly. Your relationships can also benefit from regular social soaks and family time in your Beachcomber, contributing toward your overall mental health and happiness!

     

  • Why it’s the Perfect Time to Invest in a Cover Removal System

    Why it’s the Perfect Time to Invest in a Cover Removal System

    With the New Year now under way, you may be looking forward to following your New Year’s resolutions. If part of that is better health, deeper sleep, and quicker post-exercise recovery, your Beachcomber hot tub will play a large role in your plan! To make sure that your Beachcomber is also geared up for 2019 resolutions, now is a perfect time to invest in a cover removal system.

    Outside of the hot tub itself, there’s no more important element to your Beachcomber than the cover. A hot tub cover not only keeps your hot tub protected, it keeps your water clean and traps in heat to maintain the energy efficiency.

     

    Our HEATSHIELD™ hot tub covers have been designed with up to 45% more insulating power than standard covers, and include our vacuum-seal construction to ensure that the heat inside your hot tub stays inside. This way you can keep costs down in winter as you enjoy your daily soaks in your Beachcomber’s massaging waters.

    If you have any issues with your back, or are planning on enjoying solo soaks often, one of the best investments you can make into your hot tub is a cover removal system that takes the work out of getting in and out of your hot tub.

    At Beachcomber, we offer a few hot tub cover lifter options to satisfy varying needs and price points.

     

    Beachcomber Hot Tub Cover Lifter Options

     

    AIRLIFT™

    Our AIRLIFT™ Cover Lifter is engineered with aircraft-grade corrosion proof metals, incorporates hydraulic assistance for easy lifting and closing, and provides flexible mounting options for all hot tubs and surroundings.

    A few of the highlights of the design:

    • Quality gas shock assisted hydraulic springs for easy and light lifting
    • Flexible install and mounting options for all sizes of hot tubs, corner radius’ and surrounds
    • Only requires 9” clearance
    • Doesn’t catch HEATSHIELD™ skirt when opening and closing
    • Utilizes locking pin to protect HEATSHIELD™ cover from blowing over
    • 2-step process for quick opening
    • Guaranteed for 2-years

     

    SLIDE ‘N STORE™ X-TREME

    Our SLIDE ‘N STORE™ X-TREME Cover Lifter is designed with a steel plate to utilize the weight of the hot tub to secure the cover lifter in place. Built using high-grade aluminum with integral hydraulic pistons for easy lifting, it provides simple do-it-yourself installation for square, rectangular, and circular shaped hot tubs.

    A few of the highlights of the design:

    • Cradle design provides gentle handling of your HEATSHIELD™ cover
    • Integral hydraulic piston for easy on and off cover lifting
    • Easy installation by slipping under PERMASEAL™ without drilling into hot tub
    • Requires 34” (87 cm) clearance
    • Effortless 3-step process for easy opening
    • Guaranteed for 2-years

     

    SLIDE ‘N STORE PLUS

    Our SLIDE & STORE™ PLUS Cover Lifter is an affordable solution manufactured to provide quick removal of your HEATSHIELD™ cover with minimum effort while in use. The cradle ensures your HEATSHIELD™ is easily lifted without any undue stress and remains suspended without touching the ground.

    A few of the highlights of the design:

    • Cradle design provides gentle handling of your HEATSHIELD™ cover
    • Design utilizes single hydraulic strut and stress-free hinge operation
    • Requires 24” (61 cm) clearance
    • Effortless 3-step process for easy opening
    • Guaranteed for 2-years

     

    LIFT ‘N STORE™ PLUS

    Our LIFT ‘N STORE™ PLUS Cover Lifter utilizes an under-mount lifting design with dual gas springs to assist in your hot tub cover removal, creating a simple vertical lift motion. This system is ideal with hot tubs sunken into decks where space is limited, and only requires 6 in. of clear space to allow for proper installation and operation.

    A few of the highlights of the design:

    • Dual gas spring assisted
    • Requires only 6″ of clearance
    • Mounts to edge of hot tub cabinetry or directly to deck
    • Durable zinc plated and powder coated finish
    • Highest quality stainless steel hardware
    • Guaranteed for 2-years

     

    For more details, please visit our website, and no matter which hot tub cover lifter you purchase, it’s very important that you take the time to follow proper hot tub cover maintenance to keep it looking its best longer. Feel free to drop us a line, or drop into one of our authorized dealers if you want to know more about our hot tub cover removal options.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Why You Should Invest in a Hot Tub Over a Vacation

    Why You Should Invest in a Hot Tub Over a Vacation

    While counting down to an annual or semi-annual vacation can inject some excitement into the daily grind, it may not be the best choice for sustained fulfillment. Memories can last a lifetime, this part is true, but isn’t it better to create those memories on an ongoing basis, rather than wringing them from experiences that happen once a year on vacation? If your family has a tradition of a visiting a particular destination, it may be hard to break from that tradition. But check out some comparison points below.

    Consider the benefits of a hot tub investment over a vacation, to create new traditions this Fall!

     

    Enjoyment Frequency 

    A Beachcomber can last 15 to 20 years or longer with proper maintenance and water care. Vacations, on the other hand, are unfortunately never quite long enough. There is also much less planning and fewer logistical factors with a one time hot tub purchase, when compared to those involved in planning a vacation.

     

    Wellness

    A hot tub provides daily or at least weekly opportunity for relaxation, meditation, connection and socialization with family, friends and neighbors. Depending on where vacation leads you (think calorie laden buffets in Vegas or boozy drinks and sunburns on an all-inclusive beach week), these getaways may have the opposite effect on your health.

     

    Connection and Reflection

    There is nothing quite like soothing warm water and the pressure of jets upon sore muscles to help you reflect on emotional and physical wellness. Meditating in your hot tub on a regular basis can also help you achieve mental clarity and psychological health.

    The distance and time away of a vacation can bring you clear-eyed perspective as well, which is useful in re-evaluating goals and determining what matters. But the problem is that resolutions discovered while away can often be lost in the frantic pace of the day-to-day back home.

     

    Of course, a major factor in crunching the numbers to compare the two purchases (hot tub vs vacation), is the extravagance and cost of the trips that you take. But regardless, the consistency of a hot tub does a better job than vacations in maintaining the health, relationships, and mental clarity that contribute to happiness, making it a better lifetime investment overall.

     

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