• How To Prepare Your Hot Tub Before A Vacation

    How To Prepare Your Hot Tub Before A Vacation

    A hot tub shouldn’t prevent you from getting away from home, and just because you own a property that isn’t your full-time residence doesn’t mean that installing a hot tub is a poor choice if you think it would add to the value of you and your family’s experience there.

    If you’re planning on heading off for a summer getaway, the checklist for your hot tub might just be the easiest part of getting ready to go.

    Here’s a quick crash course on getting your hot tub prepped while you’re away:

    Short Vacation

    For shorter stays away from the house, there are a number of water treatment options available dependent on the duration of your absence from the house that will ensure that your hot tub water and equipment stays healthy and balanced, and ready for when you return.

    Here’s a 4 step rundown of what to do before departure:

    1. Test and balance the alkalinity and hardness level of your water
    2. Clean your filter thoroughly or just replace it with a clean one while you’re away
    3. Add an appropriate amount of sanitizer to your floating dispenser
    4. Shock your water with sanitizer before you leave

    Be sure to secure your cover with hurricane straps. Along with securing your hot tub and keeping dirt from entering your water, this will lower your electricity costs by trapping in the heat.

    Long Vacation

    For longer vacations of over 7 days, it’s extremely important that you take the time to prepare your hot tub correctly.

    1. Test and balance the alkalinity and hardness level of your water
    2. Clean your filter thoroughly or just replace it with a clean one while you’re away
    3. Add an appropriate amount of sanitizer to your floating dispenser. If you can, ask a neighbour to come by every few days to add in a few appropriate chemicals
    4. Shock your water with sanitizer before you leave
    5. Drop the temperature of your hot tub to the lowest possible setting to cut down on electricity costs

    By following these simple steps, you’ll have a happy, healthy hot tub when you return.

    For extended stays away, draining the hot tub prior to departure might be the best option. You should drain and fill at least 3 or 4 times a year anyways, so you can use this as an opportunity to ensure you have fresh, safe water after you return.

    So even if you’re a big traveler, owning and maintaining a hot tub should never keep you from going on new adventures. Just do the proper preparation and you’ll have your own private vacation you can escape to every single day ready in your own backyard when you return.

  • How Much Does It Cost To Operate A Hot Tub?

    How Much Does It Cost To Operate A Hot Tub?

    Hot tubs are clearly built to be enjoyed, and often! It should therefore come as no surprise that they require electricity to heat and circulate water, and power the jets, lights, and various built-in features. But just how much of a spike in your electricity bill are you likely to see?

    Well if you go with a high-quality construction, the answer might be surprise you.

    Typically, you are looking at monthly electrical costs in the $10 – $20 range! There are a few factors you need to consider, including your local climate, the temperature you set it at, and the cost of electricity in your specific location.

    What really makes the difference in operating costs is the type of hot tub you choose.

    Factors to Look for:

    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.

    With the help of our patented Hybrid3 4-wall insulation, that moves the mechanics of the hot tub outside of the shell and underneath the steps, Beachcomber Hot Tubs have been shown to be up to 33% more energy efficient than competitor models.

    Along with the longer product lifetime, the lower cost of operation is another reason that it’s important to look past the upfront costs as you weigh the options in your home spa purchase. If you go too low in your initial investment on a non-reputable brand, you are likely going to see a much higher spike in energy consumption and a short lifespan of usage ahead.

    To get a fuller picture of the monthly costs, be sure to try out Beachcomber’s Energy Calculator.

  • What Makes Beachcomber Hot Tubs The Most Energy Efficient? Discover Hybrid3 Technology

    What Makes Beachcomber Hot Tubs The Most Energy Efficient? Discover Hybrid3 Technology

    Something that we’re often asked about is the meaning of the Hybrid4 logo that adorns the side of our hot tubs.

    It all started back in the 1980s, when Beachcomber had only been in the market for a few years and hot tubs were built with no insulation at all. The pumping equipment was built inside the cavity (something you still most often see) and tucked in behind the hot tub cabinetry. This created an issue for owners, as the heat from the tubs escaped so easily that they have to drain them in the winter to prevent the water from freezing. Wanting to drastically improve the standard of the industry, Beachcomber founders Keith & Judy Scott had a breakthrough that on re-inventing the mechanics of a hot tub in 1983.

    Beachcomber Hot Tub Energy Savings

    They decided to take the internal equipment and move it outside the hot tub cavity. This allowed them to insulate all four walls of the hot tub, which studies have shown is the number one most important factor affecting energy efficiency.

    Did you know that Beachcomber Hot Tubs are up to 43% more energy efficient than other hot tubs? 

    With 4 walls insulated, Beachcomber engineers created an ingenious solution for placing the pumping and heating systems seamlessly under the front step. This not only provides savings in energy efficiency, but allows easy accessing for equipment maintenance and checks.

    When it comes to insulation, the foam product Beachcomber uses across all of our models is made right in our factory in British Columbia, Canada. It expands to fill the entire space within the hot tub and is applied by hand by one of our specialized technicians.

    Along with saving you money on energy costs, the insulation allows easy maintenance of your desired water temperature.

    Keith and Judy’s new idea not only revolutionized the hot tub industry, but continues to this day to set Beachcomber apart from its competitors. Nearly 40 years later, Hybrid3 carries on the proud technological tradition.

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